Forage Agronomy

Forages

Jamie FosterForage Management & Ecology

Jamie Foster, Ph.D., P.A.S.

Mission:
The Forage Management Program will perform research that maintains or improves forage production while maintaining or enhancing environmental stewardship.  Graduate training will be a primary component of the research and education within this program.  This program will ensure continuation of profitable livestock production in South Texas, and throughout the United States.

Forages2Research Objectives:

  • Evaluate sustainable forage systems by assessing the soil-plant-animal interface and determining the effect of the system on water quality and nutrient cycling.
  • Evaluate native and introduced grasses, forbs, and legumes as monocultures and mixtures with potential to improve the productivity and profitability of livestock systems.
  • Evaluate forages adapted to South Texas and their management to improve wildlife production, soil fertility, biofuel production, and water quality.

Forages3Impact Statements:

  • Conducted large scale research trial to compare the economic and feeding value of perennial peanut (Arachis glabrata) to four other warm-season legumes.
  • Examined the value of twenty different legumes for haying or grazing in South Texas.
  • Obtained funding to begin cutting edge research on the use of algal residue after oil extraction as a soil amendment.

Links:
http://agrilife.org/foragesoftexas/about/    
http://soiltesting.tamu.edu/
http://www.afgc.org/txfgc.html

Forages4Collaborators:
James E. “Bud” Smith Plant Materials Center, Kika de la Garza Plant Materials Center, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Noble Foundation, South Texas Natives, Texas A&M Kingsville, University of Florida

Jamie Foster, Ph.D., P.A.S.
Assistant Professor of Forage Agronomy
3507 Hwy 59 E
Beeville, TX 78102
361-358-6390
jlfoster@ag.tamu.edu

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