SYNTHESIZING FORAGE, LIVESTOCK, CLIMATE, AND ECONOMIC INFORMATION INTO A DECISION SUPPORT FRAMEWORK
Forage and Livestock Production Unit
2013 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Develop decision support tools and technology transfer information to communicate forage-grazing agroecosystem research findings to agricultural and natural resource planners and managers.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
The focus of this collaboration will be to develop a framework that will help formulate agroecosystem management questions into testable hypotheses; develop relevant climate, management, and economic scenarios; and synthesize information and knowledge from past and future research to inform decision making, specifically: a. Identify decision maker (e.g., land owners, resource planners and managers) key needs and priorities. b. Identify climate variations at multiple scales that must be addressed by managers. c. Identify management and economic scenarios of interest to decision makers. d. Synthesize research findings and knowledge base into decision support framework. e. Work with producer and resource planner collaborators to test the decision framework.
Progress has been slow on this project due to changes in personnel at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation (SRNF). A new PI has been identified, and a protocol defined. The database of producers collaborating with the SRNF is being evaluated to identify the scale and scope of operations and determine what parameters should be used to model diversified cropping and cattle production systems in the southern Great Plains. The parameters will then be applied to field and watershed scale models for evaluation of management practices and their influence on productivity and ecosystem services.