A Farewell to Friends and Mentors

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I have served as Extension Agent- IPM in Terry and Yoakum Counties since June of 2000. When I came to this position, I guess I was a little apprehensive about fulfilling the needs of area growers. The last 14 years have been a tremendous learning experience for me. While cotton may be “King” on the High Plains, many of you know I very much enjoy working in peanut production. In an effort to explorer new challenges and continue to help growers increase productivity, I have accepted a position… Read More →






High Plains Field Scout School set for June 6th

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2014 High Plains Field Scout School June 6th (Friday), AgriLife Extension & Research Station (Shallowater Hwy just east of I-27, north of airport) 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Tentative agenda is: Cotton Insects pest and beneficials: Apurba Barman, AgriLife Extension Weed identification: Kerry Siders, AgriLife Extension Disease and Nematodes: Jason Woodward, AgriLife Extension Sorghum insect pests: Pat Porter, AgriLife Extension WPS Handler training: Casey Summers, TDA






Focus on South Plains Agriculture, April 28 issue online

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The April 28, 2014 issue of FOCUS newsletter has been posted at: http://lubbock.tamu.edu/focus-newsletter/ Contents: Cotton Entomology: Cotton planting considerations for thrips management Cotton Agronomy: Soil and water salinity Small Grain Agronomy: Wheat freeze assessment report If you have any problems viewing the newsletter, please let us know (806-746-6101) or e-mail Viki Bartlett at vsbartlett@ag.tamu.edu.  






T-Y IPM News, April 23, 2014

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Freezing temperatures across the region on April 15 did significant damage to the area’s grapes and wheat. While many of the grapes have suffered damage, this damage is mainly to the primary buds, secondary buds should push and are expected to make a crop, provided no additional set-backs occur. Grape producers should be monitoring growth and preparing to apply the first of two applications (a split-application) of imidacloprid for the management of piercing and sucking pests. The extent of damage to wheat is highly dependent on the growth… Read More →






Tips and Tools for Assessing Freeze Injury in Wheat

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The condition of wheat across the Terry and Yoakum Counties area is highly dependant on the growth stage when the freeze hit on April 15, 2014 and the condition of  particular field.  Drs. Calvin Trostle and Clark Neely, prepared the following to assist growers in evaluating the condition of fields and making the decision to continue toward wheat for grain or shift to cutting a hay crop. Tips and Tools for Assessing Freeze Injury in Wheat Calvin Trostle, Ph.D., Professor & Extension Agronomist, Lubbock, (806) 746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu Clark… Read More →






Preplant Weed Burndown and Preplant Incorporated Weed Control Options in Cotton

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The following describes an assortment of options to aid cotton growers in weed management. These comments were prepared by Drs. Peter Dotray and Wayne Keeling, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Cotton Weed Management on the Texas Southern High Plains  PREPLANT BURNDOWN OPTIONS One of the initial “keys” to effective, season-long weed management is to start clean.  In conventional tillage, normal land preparation practices and herbicide incorporation, followed by a rodweeder prior to planting should provide a clean start for uniform crop emergence and allow… Read More →






USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

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USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs Sign-Up Begins April 15 for Livestock, Honeybee, Fruit Grower Programs WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA. “These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from… Read More →






New mosquito management publication is now available

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COLLEGE STATION – Professionals tasked with public health protection now have a new resource to help control disease-carrying mosquitoes thanks to a team of Texas entomologists. “The 66-page ‘Texas Mosquito Management’ manual is the first ever published on our state’s most notorious disease vector,” said Dr. Charles Allen of San Angelo. Allen is Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s entomology program leader, statewide integrated pest management coordinator and associate department head of Texas A&M University’s entomology department. “This manual differs from most of AgriLife Extension’s publications in that it’s… Read More →






IPM Field Scouting Announcement, Terry-Yoakum IPM Program

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We are beginning to sign up acres for the 2014 Integrated Pest Management field scouting program. The total enrolled acreage will be limited, therefore sign-up is on a first come, first served basis. The funds paid into the scouting program will go toward paying the scouts wages and mileage. I will hire field scouts (the number depends on acreage/need) that will be sent to an extensive scout training school and will be continually monitored and trained by me, throughout the season. Having a crop advisor/field scout may be… Read More →






AgriLife Extension expert: Complicated farm bill will take homework by producers

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AgriLife Extension expert: Complicated farm bill will take homework by producers Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Joe Outlaw, 979-845-3062, joutlaw@tamu.edu AMARILLO – Crop producers may feel like they are back in school when they begin to deal with the new farm bill, because they certainly need to do their homework before going to sign up, according to one Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Speaking recently in Amarillo, Dr. Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and an AgriLife… Read More →