As water demands increase, and available irrigation water supplies stay constant or decline in Utah, barley production systems will need to adapt to earlier maturity and to make use of winter precipitation and early spring moisture.
Blue Creek Farm
Established in 1960's 90 Acres
The Blue Creek Research Farm was founded in the early 1960s when farmers in Box Elder County purchased 40 acres of farmland and deeded it to the UAES for research. Farmers and agribusinesses purchased 50 additional acres in 1992. Methods to control snowmold are studied at Blue Creek, as are conservation tillage techniques, soil fertility, grass and alfalfa varieties, and smut-resistant wheat varieties. The farm is also home to nurseries for fall wheat and spring grain.
Research is focused on small grains breeding and other dryland agriculture. Scientists from the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Forage and Range Research Laboratory (housed at USU) also conduct field work at Blue Creek.