Research Program Contributions
- The SWCRC participated in the selection of Cope proso millet
that was released in 1978.
- Cahone pinto bean was developed and released in 1982. The
release was a joint effort of the SWCRC and the San Juan Basin
Research Association to find resistance to bean root rot. Cahone
has replaced San Juan Select as the principal pinto bean in southwestern
- Research at the Arriola farm from 1972 to 1982 played a major
role in the on-farm irrigation design of the Dolores Project
and gathered economic data to assist the conversion from dryland
to irrigated farming.
- In 1986, a report entitled "Economic Aspects of Utilizing
Dolores Project Irrigation Water in Southwest Colorado" by R. Mann, A. G. Fisher, and R. A. Young was published. Incorporated
into the report are crop budgets and a linear programming model
for farming under the Dolores Project.
- Fairview hard red winter wheat was released in 1992. Fairview
is a dwarf bunt resistant wheat that in four years of testing
had an 8% yield advantage over winter wheats grown in the area.
- Fisher dryland pinto bean was released in 1994. The yield
of Fisher exceeded that of Cahone by 13% in six years of testing
at Yellow Jacket. Fisher has excellent seed size and color and
is a few days earlier than Cahone. It was named in honor of Adrian
Fisher, former Superintendent of the Southwestern Colorado Research
- Sylvan hard red spring wheat was released in 1994. It has
excellent test weight, bread-making quality, and yield potential.
It averaged 115 bu/a over five years of testing under irrigation
at Yellow Jacket, CO. Sylvan is a joint release with the Utah
Agricultural Experiment Station.