I am responsible for conducting a forage legume improvement program for Texas. The primary emphasis of this program is the development of reliable, productive, pest resistant forage legumes that complement existing forage-animal production systems or allow development of new systems. This research includes: forage legume germplasm collection and evaluation; crossing and population development; pest resistance screening; selection for various traits, including seed production, maturity, and ecoregion adaptation. Cultivar development, ranging from initial selections to licensing and PVP applications, is a large component of this program.

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Academic Articles41
  • Maity, A., Singh, V., Martins, M. B., Ferreira, P. J., Smith, G. R., & Bagavathiannan, M. (2021). Species Identification and Morphological Trait Diversity Assessment in Ryegrass (Lolium spp.) Populations from the Texas Blackland Prairies. Weed Science. 69(3), 379-392.
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  • Smith, G. R., Rouquette, F. M., & DeLaune, P. (2020). ‘Ace’ forage cowpea. Journal of Plant Registrations. 14(2), 126-133.
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  • Aiosa, M. L., Neely, C. B., Morgan, C. L., Jessup, R. W., Corriher‐Olson, V. A., Somenahally, A. C., ... Rouquette, F. M. (2020). Cowpeas as a summer cover crop for forage rye. Agrosystems Geosciences & Environment. 3(1),
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  • Smith, G. R., Aiosa, M. L., Corriher‐Olson, V., Faske, T. R., Neely, C. B., Somenahally, A., & Rouquette, F. M. (2020). Evaluation of cowpea germplasm for biomass production, seed yield, and southern root‐knot nematode resistance. Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management. 6(1),
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  • Woli, P., Rouquette, F. M., Smith, G. R., Long, C. R., & Nelson, L. R. (2019). Simulating Winter Wheat Forage Production in the Southern United States Using a Forage Wheat Model. AGRONOMY JOURNAL. 111(3), 1141-1154.
  • Rouquette, M., Corriher-Olson, V., & Smith, G. R. (2020). Chapter 7 Management strategies for pastures and beef cattle in the Middle-South: The I-20 Corridor. Management Strategies for Sustainable Cattle Production in Southern Pastures. 123-187. Elsevier.
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Conference Papers5
  • Contreras-Govea, F. E., Marsalis, M. A., Angadi, S. V., Smith, G. R., & Lauriault, L. M. (2010). Fermentation characteristics of corn-lablab bean silage mixtures. J Dairy Sci. 93, 50-50.
  • Contreras-Govea, F. E., Marsalis, M. A., Angadi, S. V., Smith, G. R., & Lauriault, L. M. (2010). Fermentation characteristics of forage sorghum-lablab bean silage mixtures. J Dairy Sci. 93, 50-50.
  • Nelson, L. R., Pemberton, I. J., & Smith, G. R. (2001). Breeding Italian annual ryegrass for tolerance to Pythium ultimum. 134-135.
  • Evers, G. W., & Smith, G. R. (2001). Selecting crimson clover for hard seed and late maturity. 557-557.
  • Ocumpaugh, W. R., Bade, D. H., Cassida, K. A., Coleman, S. W., Grichar, W. J., Hussey, M. A., ... Smith, G. R. (1998). Limits of adaptation of a burr medic selection naturalized in South Texas. 1998 AMERICAN FORAGE AND GRASSLAND COUNCIL, PROCEEDINGS. 7, 148-152.
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