Research. Identify and evaluate management strategies that allow beef cattle producers to reduce input costs associated with pasture management and winter feeding that increase potential for a positive cash flow from the production system. This includes the increased use of soil testing, fertilizer applied based on soil test recommendation, forage legumes integrated into pasture systems to improve animal performance, lengthen the grazing season, improve soil conditions, and reduce or eliminate the use of nitrogen fertilizer. Also evaluate herbicide efficacy in pasture systems, including novel approaches using older chemistry, as well as new chemistry.
Teaching. At present, works as a team member teaching the internet-based SCSC 612 graduate forages course. Also works as a facilitator and team member of the multi-discipline, multi-agency Pasture & Livestock Management Workshop for Novices group held at the Texas A&M University Agricultural Research & Extension Center in Overton. Conducts various educational programs state-wide in response to county agent, commodity group, or industry requests.