Prone to drought and with scarce water resources, agriculture in arid and semi-arid regions has unique characteristics and demands. Specific techniques, management practices, and techniques can be used to adapt to the presence or lack of water and moisture for growing crops.

Our faculty are experts in:

  • optimized irrigation systems
  • crop water use efficiency
  • food safety 
  • remote sensing of soil moisture and crop water consumption for precision agriculture applications
  • soil fertility 

Click the profiles to learn more about who we are and what we research in arid and semi-arid agriculture.

  • I focus on soil fertility in our work on in arid and semi-arid agriculture.




Jean McLain

Jean E. McLain


Assistant Dean, Faculty Advancement

Research Scientist





  • I focus on soil fertility and crop water use efficiency in our work on arid and semi-arid agriculture.
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