Dr. Zohrab Samani, NMSU Civil Engineering Professor, will be working jointly with several other NMSU departments on a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant through the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NMWRRI). The USDA grant is part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Institute: Water for Agriculture Challenge Area. One of the fourteen grants was awarded to Texas A&M AgriLife Research for a $1.3 million, three-year project which includes NMSU projects through the NMWRRI.
Dr. Samani will conduct field experiments where multiple levels of water and salinity stress are imposed on a select group of crops that comprise more than 90% of the irrigated agriculture in the area. These crops are subject to various soil textures and properties including salinity. After identifying factors that affect crop stress, farmers and water managers will receive training to identify problems, and to maintain, repair, and manage systems for optimum water use efficiency and economic return.
The project will also include Dr. Sam Fernald of NMWRRI, Dr. April Ulery of NMSU Plant & Environmental Sciences, and NMSU Physical Science Laboratory Flight Test Site.
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