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Twain Butler, Ph.D.

Professor

Current Research

problem
The Problem

As new technologies and cultivars are developed, livestock producers need to know the best management practices and economics prior to making the decision to adopt these new practices on their operation.

approach
The Approach

We evaluate tall fescue, alfalfa, wheat and bermudagrass grazing systems to determine the optimal forages for the Southern Great Plains. The number of grazing days, average daily gain and total gain per acre are measured so that an economic analysis can be performed in collaboration with the Center for Economic Information and Analysis.

Current Projects

  • Production and economics of grazing cool-season forage systems
  • Production and economics of grazing bermudagrass systems
  • Development of high through-put phenotyping systems
  • Evaluation of cover crop species (pending grant)
Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agronomy, Texas A&M University, 2000
Grants

Project Title: Establishment of switchgrass for biomass cropping systems
Source: Ceres Inc.
Term: 2009 to 2012

Project Title: Best management practices for switchgrass in a biomass cropping system
Source: Ceres Inc.
Term: 2006 to 2009

Honors
  • Crop Science Society of America C-6 Grad Student Competition Chair, 2015
  • Crop Science Society of America C-6 Chair (Symposium Organizer), 2014
  • Merit Award, American Forage and Grassland Council, 2013
  • Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Crop Science Society of America, 2012