Writer: Norman Martin
CLOVIS - Sangamesh "Sangu" Angadi will focus on regional water issues as the new crop stress and water management specialist at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Clovis. He will also serve as an assistant professor in NMSU's agronomy and horticulture department.
Much of Angadi's research will center on reducing water stress on existing crops and examining the potential of new alternative crops.
"Here in eastern New Mexico, water is a major limiting factor in terms of agricultural production," Angadi said. "I want to look at ways to improve water use efficiency and increase yields under limited irrigation."
Founded in 1949, the 164-acre Clovis science center is located 15 miles north of Clovis on State Road 288.
"It's a big bonus to be able to add this position to the Clovis science center," said Rex Kirksey, superintendent of NMSU's science centers at Tucumcari and Clovis. "It will definitely beef up our ability to serve farmers on the east side of the state."
Angadi will concentrate on appropriate crop selection and improved water management strategies.
"I've been working on water issues for a long time," he said. "My immediate challenge is to better understand how existing crops respond to water stress at different stages and how we can productively use the limited irrigation water that we do have here."
A portion of Angadi's time will be spent in working with area farmers, developing practical solutions for their individual water problems.
Prior to joining NMSU, Angadi served as research associate at Canada's University of Manitoba-Winnipeg. He also worked as a contract scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, an organization similar to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is a member of the Crop Science Society of America.
Angadi, a native of Karnataka in southern India, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agronomy from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India. He received a doctorate in plant science from the University of Manitoba
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