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Irrigated Pastures
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To develop improved plant materials that enhance productivity of irrigated pastures in semi-arid growing regions.

Research Objectives

  1. Release new varieties with improved nutritional quality, palatability, and livestock utilization.
  2. Develop improved plants that require reduced inputs of irrigation and fertilizer.
  3. Discover improved selection protocols and methods for use in forage germplasm improvement.
  4. Develop new genomic resources for use in evaluation and breeding.
  5. Identify the role of plant endophytes in abiotic and biotic plant stress tolerance in semi-arid growing regions.

Line-source irrigation for drought analysis


Improved Plant and Management Practices


Highly digestible tall fescue


"Cache" meadow bromegrass



Non-spreading (left) and spreading (right) alfalfa

Trefoil grazing persistence study


Orchardgrass grazing study

Warm-season Grasses

Warm-season grasses in a temperate environment


Seed available from the Utah Crop Improvement Association  1-435-797-2082