1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this project is to facilitate coordinated research on soil and crop management for efficient water use, through collaborative efforts with Texas Tech University students and faculty.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Conduct fundamental and applied research on the causes and consequences of wind-induced erosion, and the interactions of plants with the soil and aerial environments; to develop wind erosion mitigation strategies and water management strategies that alleviate, delay, or moderate the impact of drought and thermal stress on crop production; to develop both short- and long-term strategies that conserve irrigation water by increasing the use of rainfall.
This agreement provides stipends to support graduate students and summer salaries for selected research faculty, and thereby expands the Unit's research capacity. Currently, given the budget constraints of the ARS, funds from this project are limited to support the travel of graduate students to professional meetings. Last fiscal year a Texas Tech University graduate student participated at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA annual meetings in Cincinnati, OH, and presented the paper titled "Modeling Pivot Irrigated Cotton at the Field-Scale: Development of the PALMSCot Model". As additional resources become available they will be used to support, as needed, additional projects of scientists within the Water Erosion and Water Conservation Research Unit.