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Welcome to the USDA-ARS Oklahoma and Central Plains Research Center website!
The mission of the Agroclimate and Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit is to take a holistic approach to 1) quantify interactive effects of land use, agricultural management, climate, and the water cycle on agricultural and hydrologic systems; 2) develop criteria for the analysis and design of conservation structures and channels for the conveyance, storage, and measurement of runoff waters; and 3) advance cloud-based technologies including decision support tools, computational models, and applications to evaluate and manage environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
The mission of the Peanut and Small Grains Research Unit is to 1) develop cereal crop germplasm with inherent protection against insects and environmental growth stresses by using genetic techniques; 2) define biological and cultural control methods, life histories, genetics, biochemical interactions, and economic importance and develop improved agroecosystem management systems; 3) discover and develop enhanced peanut germplasm and release improved peanut cultivars for commercial production in Southwest peanut-growing areas, with emphasis on host resistance to disease, environmental stress, and nutritional qualities; and 4) develop basic knowledge of mechanisms that convey resistance in peanut to diseases and environmental stress.
The mission of the Livestock, Forage, and Pasture Management Research Unit is to develop and disseminate environmentally and economically sustainable practices for crop and pasture-based livestock production systems and plant germplasm for the Southern and Central Great Plains.
To provide answers, technologies, and germplasm that will help mankind to increase food and fiber production and quality, while maintaining the sustainability of Oklahoma landscapes, the U.S. Central Plains, and similar regions throughout the World.