Category Archives: September

2019 Texas Rolling Plains Forage Trial Results

Emi Kimura, Extension Agronomist, Vernon, TX UNIFORM FORAGE TRIAL Uniform Forage trial was conducted at Lockett, TX. Plots were planted at 90 lbs/ac seeding rate on Miles fine sandy loam on 2 October 2019. Total precipitation received during October 2018 to May 2019 was 15.8 inch. Forage was clipped one time on 31 May 2019. The highest forage yield among released variety (species) was SlickTrit II (triticale), followed by CP7869 (wheat), WB4515 (wheat), and CP7909 (wheat). Table 1. 2019 Uniform Forage Trial at Lockett, TX. table 1 Background… Read More →

Texas Rolling Plains Pick’s List for 2019-2020

Emi Kimura, Extension Agronomist, Vernon, TX 2018-2019 Cropping Season in Review Rolling Plains wheat season started with very wet condition in September 2018 all the way to the end of October 2018. There were only a few days in October that producers were able to work in their fields due to the wet field conditions. Planting was delayed to November to December. Although field conditions during November to February were relatively dry across the Rolling Plains, precipitation received in March and April helped to increase yield potential. Rust… Read More →

Causes of Blank Heads or Unfilled Kernels in Grain Sorghum

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, (806) 723-8432,   This past week I received digital pictures and sorghum head samples from two different fields where grain sorghum fill was incomplete.  This highlights the most difficult field situation I encounter in grain sorghum for 20+ years.  What is the cause?  What is particularly frustrating is production conditions often appear to be good.  Often it is difficult to pinpoint any reasonable cause.  Weather often is not a known factor, e.g. there were no extremes… Read More →

Update on Industrial Hemp for Texas

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX (806) 723-8432, September 11, 2019   The discussion of industrial hemp, particularly for cannabidiol (CBD), continues unabated in Texas.  Colleagues report they hear as many as four hemp processing facilities being proposed in a local area.  I can only imagine there are double and triple the number of CBD processing facilities being proposed versus those already in operation in other states.  Texas A&M AgriLife is increasing our knowledge of industrial hemp.  Several information programs across… Read More →


by Jason Woodward, Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist Recent weather conditions throughout much of the state have been extremely conducive for the development of Alternaria leaf spot. Numerous outbreaks of the disease have been reported from the High Plains and Rolling Plains over the past several growing seasons. In recent years, the disease has been routinely observed in cotton late in the season with several factors affecting severity. Initial symptoms of the disease consist of small circular lesions that may expand up to half an inch. Margins… Read More →

Harvest-Season Recommendations and Observations for the Upper Gulf Coast and Blacklands

by Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service The 2016 season has been a continuous challenge for the cotton producers in the Upper Gulf Coast and Blacklands of Texas. Through the planting and establishment challenges of a very wet spring and decreased fruit retention from a very dry June, July, and early August, everyone was ready to harvest and get the cotton harvested and to the gin. Then, came the string of days and now weeks of more-or-less continuous rain the Upper Gulf Coast, and to a slightly… Read More →

Cotton on the Texas High Plains: Bollworms on the Radar

by Dr. Suhas Vyavhare, Assistant Professor and Extension Entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Lubbock, TX Insect pressure remains light in most parts with cotton ranging from 5 nodes above white flower to hard cutout. We are seeing conchuela stink bug population reaching economic threshold in few fields in Crosby County. However, the infestation is much localized and it is unlikely that we will see economic stink bug infestations in cotton in other areas of the High Plains. I often encounter a few lygus adults and… Read More →