2020 Alternative Crop Options after Failed Cotton & Late-Season Crop Planting for the Texas South Plains

AgriLife Logo

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, TAMU Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, (806) 746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu; Dr. Murilo Maeda, Extension Cotton Specialist, TAMU Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, (806) 746-6101, mmaeda@ag.tamu.edu; June 15, 2020   This annual guide was released in mid-June. The information is still applicable the week of July 6th for a few late planting decisions like sunflower, grain sorghum, and summer annual forages. The information targets the Texas South Plains (Lubbock region), but the information’s crop discussion, last recommended planting dates, and industry… Read More →

Summer Annual Forages for Texas—Sorghum/Sudan & Hybrid Pearl Millet

AgriLife Logo

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX (806) 723-8432, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu February 10, 2020   I have written previously for Texas Row Crops Newsletter about hybrid pearl millet (HPM) in May 2015 and June 2017.  The focus of then was the tolerance if not near absence of sugarcane aphid (SCA) activity in HPM.  We continue to regard HPM as a poor host for SCA.  Additional evidence in several Texas locations since 2017 reaffirms this.   For Texas forage growers, HPM remains a potential alternative… Read More →

Update on Industrial Hemp for Texas—April/Early May 2020

AgriLife Logo

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy & State Extension Hemp Specialist TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX; (806) 723-8432, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu April 30, 2020   Texas Department of Agriculture Hemp Licensing   Texas Department of Agriculture opened their online portal for hemp license applications on March 16.   Applications number about 600.  Many applicants have received their licenses.  Several are awaiting their lot permits.  One grower last week noted that TDA suggested they list the full acreage of their farm (101 acres in this case) as the Facility rather than… Read More →

AgriLife Extension Hires New Small Grains Specialist

AgriLife Logo

Kay Ledbetter   Fernando Guillen, Ph.D., is the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide small grains and oilseed crops specialist.  (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Beth Ann Luedeker.) The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hired Fernando Guillen, Ph.D., as the new statewide small grains and oilseed crops specialist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. He officially started March 1.   “Dr. Guillen brings a wealth of agronomic experience to AgriLife Extension’s small grains program.  We are excited to have him… Read More →

Unique COVID-19 Social-Distancing Message for Texas Farmers

AgriLife Logo

AgriLife agronomist alerting Texas farmers about their importance to remain healthy   Adapted from AgriLife Today, April 4, 2020   The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has specialists and agents statewide helping to keep Texans educated, informed and safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Calvin Trostle, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension agronomist in Lubbock, is a regular guest on many agriculture radio programs in the Texas High Plains and beyond. His message, however, is reaching farther than ever before as stations share his message over two dozen syndicated affiliates. Given his… Read More →

Late-season Weed Control in Wheat

AgriLife Logo

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX (806) 723-8432, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu Wheat farmers in the Rolling Plains, Concho Valley, and especially the High Plains, may have enough time to implement some late-season weed control in problem fields. For some farmers, earlier weed control with 2,4-D products may have given incomplete control for mustards, London rocket, kochia, etc. As many farmers across Texas know there is always some risk using growth-regulator type herbicides in wheat due to injury potential on grain yield. These herbicides include… Read More →

“June (late) planting and poor seed quality led to a thin stand for CBD hemp in this New Mexico field in 2019

AgriLife Logo

Update on Industrial Hemp for Texas—March 2020 Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX (806) 723-8432, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu March 4, 2020 USDA & Texas Department of Agriculture Rules Updates Texas Department of Agriculture legal counsel Tim Kleinschmidt was a February 19 guest during a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension webinar. He noted final Texas hemp rules will be published in the Texas Register on March 6. TDA will seek to open the online portal for hemp license applications the second full week of March (March… Read More →

Slight chance of vernalization issues in late-planted wheat: West Central Texas

AgriLife Logo

Reagan Noland – Assistant Professor & Extension Agronomist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, San Angelo, TX Substantial wheat acreage in West Central Texas was planted later than normal, largely due to very dry fall conditions. Much of the region received less than 1 inch of rain through September and October combined, compared to the average >5 inches (Figure 1). Depending on the timing of planting relative to isolated rain events in November and December, some wheat did not emerge until late December or possibly early January. Average temperatures… Read More →

Update on Industrial Hemp for Texas—February 2020

AgriLife Logo

  Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, TAMU Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, TX (806) 723-8432, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu February 10, 2020 USDA & Texas Department of Agriculture Rules Updates In late January USDA approved the Texas Department of Agriculture state hemp plan. This is an important step in the move toward legal hemp in Texas in 2020. What is somewhat surprising is TDA’s public comment period is still open another two weeks to Feb. 10. Does this mean that TDA might make some changes in their approved rules? Possibly. Will… Read More →

Guidelines for 2,4-D Use in Wheat

AgriLife Logo

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomy, Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife/Texas A&M University, Lubbock, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu In 2015 I wrote about sensitivity of small grains—wheat specifically—to 2,4-D products, dicamba, and MCPA. I noted a handy guide from Purdue University that explained the differences between 2,4-D amines and 2,4-D esters, which discussed the pros and cons of these two formulations. You can review that earlier newsletter at https://agrilife.org/texasrowcrops/2015/03/04/24-d-and-sensitivity-in-small-grains/ The link noted there for the Purdue guide is https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?itemID=18343 (or directly from https://www.panna.org/sites/default/files/2,4-D%20Amine%20or%20Ester%202004-Purdue.pdf) 2,4-D and Sensitivity in… Read More →