Uvalde Center Mission
“Our mission is to create knowledge and technology that result in efficient and profitable intensive water and agricultural management systems while maintaining balance between the environment and social prosperity.”
The Uvalde Center, established in 1972, serves the Texas Wintergarden region, known for its rechargeable water sources and irrigated agriculture, with crops such as spinach, cabbage, onion, carrot, melon, watermelon, pepper, potato, cotton, wheat, corn, sorghum, and sesame. Uvalde Center research focuses on vegetable crop improvement under stress conditions, cropping systems, stress physiology, irrigation strategies, genotype adaptation, and high-throughput phenotyping for crop improvement and diversity. Other programs include the development of cultivars for organic vegetable farming and hydroponic systems for production of leafy greens.
Uvalde Center Facilities
Uvalde — 50 acres of irrigated land with 2 greenhouses, 2 hoop houses, and a certified organic field; a permanent drip and LEPA irrigation system with seven lysimeters; 143 acres of leased irrigated land with two center pivot irrigation systems. The center houses a new Waters’ UltraPerformance LC technology system and mass spectrometer for research and analysis of plant metabolites.