Brad Schultz

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Brad Schultz

Professor, County Educator

Education

Bachelor of Science, Range and Wildlands Science, University of California at Davis 1983
Master of Science, Resource Management, Range Management, University of Nevada at Reno 1987

Programs

Amilton de Mello in Winnemucca

Cattlemen's Update

Cattlemen’s Update is Extension’s annual educational program offered for beef cattle producers to learn about issues affecting profitability and product quality in the Great Basin region.

Resource Stewardship improves rangeland management cb

Collaborative Resource Stewardship improves rangeland management

Extension has helped lead Collaborative Resource Stewardship efforts in northeastern Nevada over the past seven years, resulting in a model for other states and areas.

Red Rock Pool of Water

Conservation & Sustainability

Extension offices provide support and research for many conservation initiatives throughout the state of Nevada. In addition, a partnership with Nevada's Conservation Districts has been formed which assists both organizations with the overall vision of Conservation for the state of Nevada while providing additional education and resources to help conserve Nevada's natural resources.

equestian center

Humboldt County 4-H Youth Development

4-H club programming in Humboldt County covers several project areas that teach leadership, life skills and citizenship

tall whitetop (Perennial pepperweed )

Invasive Species (Weeds)

Weeds are one of the most serious threats to Nevada rangelands and lawns. Hundreds of Weed Warriors, Woad Warriors, and other volunteers have been trained by Extension personnel in how to spot, control and eradicate noxious weeds.

main street of the town of winnemmucca

Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP) - Humboldt County

NEAP's quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analysis for Humboldt County

learning about riparians

Nevada Youth Range Camp Program

Most of Nevada’s youth live in large urban environments, with little exposure to rangelands, forests or agricultural environments, and the products and services rangelands provide. This program teaches students ages 14-18 how to read maps; identify and the importance of rangeland plants; evaluate sagebrush, woodland and stream ecosystems; wildlife habitat; and many other topics related to rangelands.

Alfalfa

Sustainable Agricultural Practices Program

Extension conducts several sustainable agriculture programs including researching alternative crops, introducing sustainable biodiversity/multiple use of rangelands, and increasing the number of pest control materials labeled in and increasing the knowledge and implementation rate of Integrated Pest Management practices in Nevada.

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Academic Faculty Award of Excellence, Extension
  • 2014 Global Engagement Award, UNR
  • 2010 American Society of Agronomy, Publications Award, Nevada Noxious Weed Field Guide
  • 2009 Excellence Achievement Award, National Association of County Agriculture Agents
  • 2004 Rangeland Professional of the Year, Society of Range Management  (President 2000)

Accomplishments

  • Certified Professional of Rangeland Management 2000-2021
  • Certified Range Management Consultant, Society of Range Management 1998-2021
  • Certified Ecologist, Ecological Society of America, 1996-2021

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Book Chapter(s)
Responses of Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles to Disturbance in Forests and Rangelands. Johnson, D.W., and Schultz, B.W. 1999, In: Lawrence W. Walker (ed). Ecosystems of the World. 16. Ecosystems of Disturbed Ground. Elsevier Science. New York. Pp. 545-569.
Fact Sheets
Humboldt County Courthouse
Economic Characteristics for Humboldt County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
B. Borden, L. Thomas, J. Lednicky, B. Schultz 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Soil Properties, Part 3 of 3: Chemical Characteristics
Soil chemistry is the interaction of various chemical constituents that takes place among soil particles and in the soil solution, or the water retained by soil. The chemical interactions that occur in soil are highly complex, but understanding certain basic concepts will better help you manage your soils.
Foster, S., Urbanowitz, S., Gatzke, H., and Schultz, B. 2016, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-16-02
Soil Properties, Part 1 of 3: Physical Characteristics
A brief overview of the physical, biological and chemical characteristics of soils. The information is provided for agronomic producers to help them understand soil properties and characteristics.
Foster, S., Schultz, B., McCuin, G., Neibling, H., and Shewmaker, G. 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Education and Implementation Results in Nevada
Traditionally, new weed invasions are not detected or addressed until they are so dense and widespread that eradication is not feasible. Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is an approach to weed control that emphasizes controlling new, invading weeds while the populations are localized and small.
Newton, J., Davison, J., Schultz, B., Blecker, L., and Creech, E. 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Integrated Weed Management in and around Established Alfalfa Fields
Many weeds are less palatable or nutritious for livestock than alfalfa, or are toxic. Weeds establish in alfalfa when the alfalfa is both growing and dormant. This fact sheet is intended to facilitate management decisions that reduce economic losses in established alfalfa due to weed pests.
Blecker, L., Davison, J., Schultz, B., and Newton, J. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Needs Assessment for Noxious Weeds in Churchill County: Part 4 of 5 - Criteria for Herbicide Use and Selection
This fact sheet is the fourth in a series of five that reports the results of a needs assessment survey completed by faculty in University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). The survey attempted to identify the major issues related to the management and control of weeds in Nevada.
Davison, J., Powell, P., Schultz, B., and Singletary, L. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Needs Assessment for Noxious Weeds in Churchill County: Part 5 of 5 - Priority Research and Outreach
This fact sheet is the fifth in a series of five that reports the results of a needs assessment survey completed by faculty in University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). The survey attempted to identify the major issues related to the management and control of weeds in Nevada.
Davison, J., Powell, P., Schultz, B., and Singletary, L. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Soil Properties, Part 2 of 3: Biological Characteristics
Since the introduction of synthetic fertilizers during the industrial revolution, most of the research has been focused on maintaining the nutrient balance in the soil. However, more researchers and agricultural producers are realizing that not only are the nutrients in the soil important, but also, biological health.
Foster, S., McCuin, G., Schultz, B., Neibling, H., and Shewmaker, G. 2012, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
The Noxious Weed Seedbank: Out of Sight – Out of Mind and Eventually Out of Control
To develop and implement successful weed control and management programs, landowners and managers must understand the seedbank, including how long it may persist without additional inputs. Learn more about seedbank in this fact sheet.
Schultz, B. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-12-01
The Response of Crested Wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum) Seedlings to Six Herbicides
Crested wheatgrass (CWG) is commonly seeded in Nevada on sites in the 8 to 12 inch annual precipitation zone that was originally inhabited by Wyoming big sagebrush or basin big sagebrush. This study was conducted to determine the effect of six herbicides to CWG seedlings when applied at two different growth stages.
Schultz, B. and Creech, E. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-12-36
Needs Assessment for Noxious Weeds in Churchill County: Part 1 of 5 - Problem Weeds, Approaches and Methods of Control
This publication discusses the results from a needs assessment conducted by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) to identify problem weeds, the approaches and methods for control.
Davison, J., Powell, P., Schultz, B., Creech, E., and Singletary, L. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-72
Needs Assessment for Noxious Weeds in Churchill County: Part 3 of 5 - Spread, Detection and Prevention of Weeds
This publication discusses the results from a needs assessment conducted by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension to discuss the spread, detection and prevention of weeds.
Davison, J., Powell, P., Schultz, B., Creech, E., and Singletary, L. 2011, University of Nevada Extension, FS-2011-74
Needs Assessment for Noxious Weeds in Pershing County: Part 1 of 5 – Problem Weeds and Approaches and Methods of Control
Located in northwestern Nevada, Pershing County has 135 farms and ranches covering more than 244,249 acres, excluding public lands in BLM-administered grazing allotments. The average farm size is 1,809 acres (2008 USDA Agricultural Census).
Foster, S., Schultz, B., and Singletary, L. 2011, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Needs Assessment for Noxious Weeds in Churchill County: Part 2 of 5 - Problems of and Obstacles to Weed Management
This publication discusses the results from a needs assessment conducted by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and looks at the problems and obstacles associated with weed management.
Powell, P., Davison, J., Schultz, B., Creech, E., and Singletary, L. 2011, University of Nevada Extension, FS-2011-73
Alfalfa for Beef Cows
Optimizing a ranch’s feed resources often requires strategic supplementation of standing forage with a processed protein, energy or mineral product. However, protein and energy supplements do not necessarily have to come out of a sack.
Foster, S. McCuin, G., Nelson, D., Schultz, B., and Torell, R. 2009, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Humboldt County Cow-Calf Production Costs & Returns, 2004
This publication is intended to be a guide, used to make production decisions, determine potential returns, and prepare business and marketing plans. Practices described are based on the production practices considered typical for a beef cattle cow-calf operation in this region, but may not apply to every operation.
Curtis, K., Riggs, W., and Shultz, B. 2004, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Humboldt County Alfalfa Hay Establishment, Production Costs and Returns, 2004
This publication is intended to be a guide used to make production decisions, determine potential returns, and prepare business and marketing plans. Practices described are based on the production practices considered typical for this crop and region, but may not apply to every situation.
Curtis, K., Riggs, W., Sandstrom, M., and Shultz, B. 2004, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Reproductive Management of Beef Cows: 48-Hour Calf Removal
Research shows that reproduction, or simply weaning a marketable calf, is ten times more important than weaning weights and twenty times more important than carcass traits. Poor reproduction is one of the biggest issues facing range livestock operators throughout the west, particularly with young cows and dry years.
Bruce, B., Riggs, W., Schultz, B., Suverly, N., and Torell, R. 2002, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Scentless Chamomile: Taxonomy, Ecology, and Control
Corn or scentless chamomile (Anthemis arvensis L.) is an annual flowering plant (forb) native to much of Europe, parts of Northern Africa, and Asia. It has become naturalized in North America, southern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
Davison, J. and Schultz, B. 2002, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Informational Publications
Humboldt General Hospital sign
Demographic Characteristics for Humboldt County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
B. Borden, L. Thomas, J. Lednicky, B. Schultz 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Lowry High School in Winnemucca, NV
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for Humboldt County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
B. Borden, L. Thomas, J. Lednicky, B. Schultz 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Great Basin College sign
NAICS Top Performers for Humboldt County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
B. Borden, L. Thomas, J. Lednicky, B. Schultz 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Winners Casino in Winnemucca, NV
Social Characteristics for Humboldt County, Nevada
The project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal, and environmental characteristics, trends, and impacts.
B. Borden, L. Thomas, J. Lednicky, B. Shultz 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
Humboldt County Courthouse
Nevada Economic Assessment Project Socioeconomic Baseline Report for Humboldt County, Nevada
This report will be used by local, state, and federal agencies as a tool for future planning, aiming to assist the communities of Nevada.
Borden, B., Lednicky, J., Rebori, M., Thomas, L., Schultz, B. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Nevada Youth Range Camp (History)
Nevada Youth Range Camp focuses on relationships between people and rangeland. Campers learn that land managers need information about plants, wildlife, water and soil to make good decisions about rangeland management and use. The camp challenges youth to explore resource problems and create logical solutions.
Foster, S., McCuin, G., and Schultz, B. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP-09-05
Journals
Fall-Grazing and Grazing-Exclusion Effects on Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) Seed Bank Assays in Nevada, United States
Assessment of cheatgrass seed bank characteristics under fall-grazing by cattle and grazing exclusion treatments
BL Perryman, BW Schultz, M Burrows, T Shenkorua, J Wilker 2020, Rangeland Ecology & Management
Climatic Influences on Establishment Pulses of Four Artemisia Species in Nevada. Hourihan, E., Schultz, B.W., and Perryman, B.L. 2018, Rangeland Ecology and Management. 71(1):77-86.
Viewpoint: An alternative Management Paradigm for Plant Communities Affected by Invasive Annual Grasses in the Intermountain West.
Today’s landscapes are not those described in 1860. With over 400,000 km2 colonized by cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and other annual grasses, we believe it is time to declare: The pristine-management-paradigm has failed. Continued, wholesale application of this concept is misguided.
Perryman, B. L., Schultz, B. W., Mcadoo, J. K., Alverts, B., Cervantes, J. C., Foster, S., McCuin, G., Swanson, S. R. 2018, Rangelands. 40:77-82.
Forum: A Framework for Resetting Wild Horse & Burro Management. Perryman, B.L., McCuin, G., and Schultz, B.W. 2018, Rangelands. 40:160-165.
Plant Community Factors Correlated with Wyoming Big Sagebrush Site Responses to Fire. Swanson, J.C., Murphy, P.J., Swanson, S.R., Schultz, B.W., and McAdoo, J.K. 2018, Rangeland Ecology and Management, 71((1):), 67-76.
Longer Term Rest from Grazing: A Response to Jones and Carter. Davies, K.W., Gearhart, A., Vavra, M., Schultz, B.W., and Rimbey, N. 2016, Journal of Rangeland Applications. 3:9-15.
Cover effects of mowing Wyoming big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentate ssp. Wyomingensis) in Nevada. Swanson, S., Swanson, J., Murphy, P., McAdoo, K., and Schultz, B. 2016, Rangeland Ecology and Management.
Nevada (USA) range management school - Adapting an American grazing management curriculum to other continents. Schultz, B., McAdoo, K., Perryman, B., Foster, S., and Davison, J. 2015, Journal for Arid Lands Studies. 25-3: 273-276.
Frothy bloat (primary ruminal tympany) potential and nutrient content of Forage Kochia (Brassia prostrata L.). Teshome, S.A., Faciola, A., Schultz, B., and Perryman, B. 2015, Journal of Arid Lands Studies. 25-3: 177-180.
Implications of longer term grazing rest in the sagebrush steppe. Davies, K.W., Vavra, M., Schultz, B.W., and Rimbey, N. 2014, Journal of Rangeland Applications. 1:14-34.
A summative evaluation of the Nevada Youth Range Camp educational program. Foster, S.S., Schultz, B.W., McAdoo, J.K., and Swanson, S. 2014, Journal National Association of County Agricultural Agents. 7:1.
Reducing cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) fuel loads using full cattle grazing. Schmelzer, L., Perryman, B., Bruce, B., Schultz, B., McAdoo, K., McCuin, G., Swanson, S., and Wilker, J. 2014, Professional Animal Scientist. 30:270-278.
Aboriginal precedent for active management of sagebrush-perennial grass communities in the Great Basin. McAdoo, J.K., Schultz, B.W., and Swanson, S.R. 2013, Rangeland Ecology and Management. 66:241-253.
Response of seedling and one and two year-old perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium) plants to herbicide control. Schultz, B.W. 2012, Journal of the NACAA. 5:1.
Progressive Discrimination: an Automatic Method for Mapping Individual Hyperspectral Targets. McGwire, K.C., Minor, T.B., and Schultz, B.W. 2011, Transactions on GeoScience and Remote Sensing. 49:2674-2685.
Differential Herbicide Effectiveness on Adjacent Populations of Young (Seedling) and Mature Perennial Pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium). Schultz, B.W. 2011, Journal of NACAA. 4:2.
Spatial Extent of Vegetated Wetlands At Owens Dry Lake, California, U.S.A., Between 1977 and 1992. Schultz, B.W. 2001, Journal of Arid Environments. 48:69-87.
Bridging the Gap between Rangeland Management and Rangeland Research: The Need for Regular Inclusion of Synthetic Review Articles in the Journal of Range Management. Schultz, B.W., and Zamudio, D. 1998, Rangelands. 20(5):30-35.
Modeling the Potential Distribution of Beef Cattle on Rangelands. Wade, T.W., Schultz, B.W., and Wickham, J.D. 1998, Journal of Arid Environments. 38:325-334.
Spatial Relationships among Young Curlleaf Mahogany (Cercocarpus ledifolius). Schultz, B.W., Tueller, P.T., and Tausch, R.J. 1996, Great Basin Naturalist. 56:261-266.
Size, Age, and Density Relationships in Curlleaf Mahogany (Cercocarpus ledifolius) Populations in Western and Central Nevada: Competitive Implications. Schultz, B.W., Tausch, R.J., and Tueller, P.T. 1991, Great Basin Naturalist. 51:183-191.
Ecology of Curlleaf Mahogany (Cercocarpus ledifolius) in Western and Central Nevada: Community and Population Structure. Schultz, B.W., Tueller, P.T., and Tausch, R.J. 1990, Journal of Range Management. 43:13-20.
Special Publications
Nevada Youth Range Camp plant identification guide. Foster, S., Schultz, B., and Swanson, S. 2018, UNCE Special Publication. SP-18-04.
Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) - Introduction
This report was designed to provide a clear overview of the complex and often confusing world of rangeland monitoring. Included are a suite of short- and long-term monitoring methods.
Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Nova-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K. 2018, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
An Overview of Agricultural Production and Agricultural Water Use in Humboldt County, Nevada, and the Risk From Withdrawing Irrigation Water
Agriculture is an important economic sector in Humboldt County, Nevada. There are over 350 farms and ranches in the county that operate on over 808,000 acres. Sales from agricultural products totaled just over $135 million in 2012 (last census of agriculture).
Schultz, B. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Russian Knapweed Control Trial 2013-2015, Pershing County
A document of effective ways to maintain and control Russian Knapweed crops.
Foster, S., and Schultz, B. 2016, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, PS-16-04
Reducing cheatgrass fuel loads using fall cattle grazing. Foster, S., Schmelzer, L., Wilker, J., Schultz, B., McAdoo, K., Swanson, S., and Perryman, B. 2015, UNCE Special. SP-15-03. P.11.
The response of creeping wildrye (Leymus triticoides) to physical and chemical mowing, and subsequent herbicide treatment. Schultz, B., Creech, E., and McAdoo, K. 2015, UNCE Special Publication. SP15-04. p. 16.
The response of perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium) to physical and chemical mowing and subsequent herbicide treatment. Schultz, B.W., Creech, E., and McAdoo, J.K. 2014, UNCE Special Publication. SP-14-02. P.19.
Short-term Collateral Effects of Six Herbicides on Sandberg Bluegrass (Poa secunda) Following Wildfire
This study measured the response of Sandberg bluegrass at two stages of phenological development to six different herbicides, applied as 11 distinct treatments.
Schultz, B. and Creech, E. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-13-12
Medusahead A Threat to Your Wildlife, Rangelands and Pasture
Medusahead is an introduced annual grass from the Mediterranean area of Eurasia. This invasive weed grows on at least 6,000 acres in Paradise Valley, Nev., where it occupies disturbed areas but can also invade optimal habitat used by mule deer, sage grouse, other wildlife and livestock.
Schultz, B. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-11-16
Know NEPA: Important Points for Public Participation Part One of a Two-Part Series
Part One of this series provides the reader a condensed description of NEPA and the analytical and comment process.
McCuin, G. Schultz, B., and Orr, R. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-14
NEPA Response: A Guide for Reading and Responding to NEPA Documents Part Two of a Two Part Series
Part Two offers a strategy for dissecting a voluminous NEPA document into manageable bites in order to quickly determine the effect of its proposed action on the reader and to provide suggestions for writing effective responses to the proposing agency.
McCuin, G., Schultz, B. and Orr, R. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-15
Wyoming Big Sagebrush State and Transition Model and Management Key for Nevada, First Approximation. Perryman, B., Swanson, S., Brackley, G., Schultz, B.W., Blackburn, P., McAdoo, J.K., Medlyn, G., and Tausch, R. 2009, University of Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station.
Curlleaf Mountain Mahogany. Schultz, B.W. 2009, Cox, M., et al. Habitat Guidelines for Mule Deer: Intermountain West Region. Mule Deer Working Group. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Pages 26-27.
Paradise Valley Weed Control Demonstration Plot: Russian Knapweed
Russian knapweed is a long-lived perennial broadleaf forb. New populations typically establish from seedlings. Long-term, its spread is largely from the lateral expansion of an extensive creeping root system. Individual plants reproduce vegetatively (i.e., are clonal) and become patches with many interconnected stems.
Schultz, B. 2005, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Paradise Valley Weed Control Demonstration Plots: Hoary Cress
Noxious weeds are species considered detrimental or destructive, and difficult to control or eradicate. In Nevada, noxious weeds are prohibited in commerce, and state law mandates their control or management.
Schultz, B. 2005, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension