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US, Mexico ranchers experiment with hardy seeds for harsh landscape




SAN ANGELO, TX - JULY 25: The remains of a decomposing cow lies in a pasture July 25, 2011 on a ranch near San Angelo, Texas. Recently ranchers from the southwest and Mexico gathered in the high desert of west Texas to review results of an experiment to raise new, hardy grass seeds that can flourish in a harsh, demanding landscape.
SAN ANGELO, TX - JULY 25: The remains of a decomposing cow lies in a pasture July 25, 2011 on a ranch near San Angelo, Texas. Recently ranchers from the southwest and Mexico gathered in the high desert of west Texas to review results of an experiment to raise new, hardy grass seeds that can flourish in a harsh, demanding landscape.
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Bare ground is a rancher's enemy.

Drought, overgrazing and oil and gas development have devastated vast tracts of ranchland across Texas, Arizona and New Mexico in recent years.

Recently ranchers from the southwest and Mexico gathered in the high desert of west Texas to review results of an experiment to raise new, hardy grass seeds that can flourish in a harsh, demanding landscape.

Reporter Lorne Matalon of Fronteras Desk has the story.