Field Research
The field experimental team collects comprehensive data sets from soil-plant-animal-atmospheric components of Southern Plains beef-forage systems to develop and validate new measurement techniques and improve our understanding of interactive processes that influence productivity and resilience.


The modeling team works closely with the field experimental team to test and improve a suite of agroecologicial, environmental and economic models that will be applied to develop regional maps of environmental footprints and conduct the Life Cycle Analysis of the systems.

Social Science

The goal of the social science component of the project is to develop a better understanding of the social factors that contribute to system vulnerability and resilience, and to produce knowledge that can inform management practices.


The Extension team works to synthesize research results and deliver the latest science-based knowledge, including outreach targeted to beef cattle producers and consumers.


​The education team connects climate change research to lessons for K-12 teachers that will be posted for educators in the Southern Great Plains region and across the country to use to better understand climate issues.

Project Areas

Other Sites of Interest

  • - Agricultural nutrient management in the southern Great Plains. This blog provides information and tools for improved nutrient management practices. 
  • - Ag Land Lease is an initiative between Oklahoma State University Plant and Soil Science faculty and Agriculture Economics faculty, to bridge the gap between landowners and lessees. 
  • - A blog about improving the profitability and sustainability of small grains production in the southern Great Plains through improved management and variety selection.
  • - Producer-friendly information about nutrient management, fertilizer use, and precision fertilizer application. 
  • - Information about managing your no-till cropping system or adopting no-till into your current cropping system.
  • - Resource for small grains production in the southern Great Plains.

More Information About the Project

developing solutions to beef cattle concerns

Beef produced on pasture and rangeland forages and dual-purpose winter wheat in the Southern Great Plains (Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas) provides a significant portion of the nation’s red meat; constitutes the largest land use and agricultural enterprise in the region; and is subject to a widely variable climate. The aim of this project is to answer critically important research questions and deliver Extension programming about impacts of weather, climate variability and climate change on system vulnerability and resilience.

Our long-term goals are to

  1. better understand vulnerability and enhance resilience of beef-grazing systems in a world of increased climate variability, dynamic land-use, and fluctuating markets
  2. safeguard regional production while mitigating the environmental footprint of agriculture

We are working to

  1. build capacity among regional institutions to move research and extension to a higher level of integration
  2. better understand beef-grazing system dynamics, quantify vulnerability and resilience, and balance sustainability of production and ecosystem services
  3. provide information and technology to enable producers to employ risk-based information in decision-making
  4. train the next generation of producers and researchers to collectively address rising challenges