Category Archives: High Plains

Wheat Grain Variety Picks for the Texas High Plains in 2023-2024 & 2022-2023 Texas High Plains Wheat Production Summary

Dr. Jourdan M. Bell, Associate Professor and Agronomist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Research, Amarillo,, (806) 341-8925 Dr. Calvin Trostle, Professor and Agronomist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Lubbock,, (806) 746-6101     2022-2023 Wheat Cropping Season in Review   The 2022-2023 wheat season was marked by extreme weather events. Continued drought conditions in fall 2022 resulted in poor planting conditions across most of the Texas High Plains. Timely planted fields benefited from late September and early October 2022 rainfall, but fields quickly dried out. In most… Read More →

Wireworms: a threat to stand establishment in the High Plains cotton

Suhas Vyavhare, Associate Professor and Extension Entomologist As we approach the planting season, one of the first groups of insects that we need to start thinking about are wireworms. Wireworm issues are on the rise with increased adoption of conservation tillage practices and potentially the reduced use of aldicarb, a broad-spectrum insecticide over the last decade or so. Although cotton is not a preferred host for wireworms, they still can inflict serious damage to cotton seedlings especially in fields following grain crops. What are wireworms? There are two… Read More →

Sorghum Update- High Plains

This item is adapted from an AgriLife submission to Texas Grain Sorghum Association’s “Sorghum Insider” Calvin Trostle, Ph.D., Professor & Extension Agronomist, TAMU Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, (806) 746-6101, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension thanks Dr. Brent Bean (, national agronomist, United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) for information in this Sorghum Tip.  Dr. Bean presented this and other information, especially updates on grain sorghum herbicides, to the High Plains Association of Crop Consultants meeting in Lubbock, March 1, 2023. Sugarcane Aphid Mystery Resolved  Since “sugarcane… Read More →