Dr. Gerald Ray Smith

Texas A&M Regents Fellow and Professor of Plant Breeding
E-Mail: g-smith@tamu.edu

Cool-Season Legumes
Aggie Clover
Ryegrass and Small Grains

Dr. Smith is employed by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and has worked at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton since Jun, 1981. He conducts plant breeding and genetics research on forage legumes and grasses. Cultivars released include: Apache arrowleaf clover; Overton R18 rose clover; Neches white clover; Rio Verde lablab and Sabine Crimson clover. Current research emphasis includes the following: disease resistance and seed production of lablab; alfalfa for the US southern region; improved forage rye; and forage-type cowpeas.


  • BS, Agronomy, Auburn University, 1975
  • MS, Agronomy (Plant Breeding), Auburn University, 1977
  • PhD, Agronomy (Plant Breeding), Mississippi State University, 1981


2008 – present: TAMU Regents Fellow, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, TAMU System
1993 – present: Professor, Texas AgriLife Research, TAMU System
1987 – 1993: Associate Professor, TAES-Overton, TAMU System
1981 – 1987: Assistant Professor, TAES-Overton, TAMU System

Professional Activities and Honors (selected):

  • Southern Pasture and Forage Crop Improvement Conference – Breeders Work Group Chairman 1990-91; General Chairman 1995-96.
  • North American Trifolium Conference – General Chairman 2003-04.
  • Clover and Special Purpose Legumes Crop Germplasm Committee (National Plant Germplasm System), member 1988-present; Vice-Chair and Secretary 1995-98; Chairman 1999-2002.
  • American Forage and Grassland Council – Merit Certificate, 1988.
  • TAMU Vice-Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Team Research, 1996.
  • Award of Excellence in Agricultural Research, Build East Texas, 2001.
  • TAMU Vice-Chancellor’s Award in Excellence (Team Award), 2004.
  • TAMU Soil and Crop Sciences Dept. Research Award, 2006.
  • TAMU Regents Fellow Service Award, 2008.

Selected Publications:

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