Skip to main content
ARS Home » Plains Area » Temple, Texas » Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory » News

headline bar



Field Day June 1, 2017

The goal of the event was to connect the stakeholders to our research here at Grassland Soil & Water Research Lab and Texas A&M AgriLife Blackland Research.

 There were 12 stops in four hours in the fields.   Field days used to be held regularly at the Temple research center, but not recently.  Dr. Hal Collins, who came to Central Texas about two years ago from Washington State, said he’d like to have field days scheduled every two years, so there’s new information to share.

 The grassland research on the Field Day program included: bioenergy crops, diversity and competitions in grasslands, grassland restoration, fertilizing native prairies. Cropping systems research involved cropping systems modeling, safflower production trials, Sunn Hemp/cowpea cover trials, cotton row spacing and switchgrass response to changing precipitation. 

One direction plant research is going is the use of drones to measure plant activities in fields, such as transpiration, the process in which moisture moves through the plant. Sensors are being developed to collect the information. 

With 90 percent of the grassland prairies converted to agricultural use, functions of the prairies have been lost, including the ability to rebuild soil and maintaining water quality.

The USDA Agricultural Research Service has 10 acres of remnant prairie, land that hasn’t been plowed, and it’s used to study how the ecosystems function.

 One study involves 80 sites around the world, including Temple, and is looking at what happens to grasslands when fertilized. Each site is using the same fertilizers in the same amount.




ARS News Articles

USDA's Agricultural Research Service Honors Scientists of the Year
Sep 12, 2017
USDA's Agricultural Research Service Honors Scientists of the Year
Sep 15, 2015
Probing Phosphorus Losses from Midwestern Crop Fields
Jan 28, 2015
Reducing Fertilizer Use with a More Accurate Soil Test
Jul 10, 2014
USDA's Agricultural Research Service Announces Scientist of the Year and Other Awards
Jun 12, 2012
Time-Tunneling for Climate Change Clues
Nov 20, 2009
ALMANAC Model May Help Predict Crops' Role in Bioenergy Production
Dec 10, 2008
Models Help Assess Biofuels' Sustainability
Oct 09, 2008
Farm Conservation Dollars and Sense
Dec 09, 2005
Beneficial Beetles Battle Pesky Saltcedar
Apr 01, 2005