Category Archives: Other Crops

Focus on South Plains Agriculture, April 28 issue online

The April 28, 2014 issue of FOCUS newsletter has been posted at: 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  

Tips and Tools for Assessing Freeze Injury in Wheat

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, Clark… Read More →

IPM Field Scouting Announcement, Terry-Yoakum IPM Program

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 →

Alternative Crop Production Workshop and Farm Bill Informational Meeting, March 28th, Brownfield

Alternative Crops Workshop and Farm Bill Informational Meeting Date and Time: March 28, 2014; 8:45 AM Location: 702 East Broadway (Seleta Jane Clubhouse), Brownfield, TX 8:45       Registration 9:00       The Benefits of Crop Rotation- Scott A. Russell, Extension Agent-IPM 9:20       Alternative Crops: Production Overview: Sorghum- Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agronomist 10:00     Farm Bill Update- Jackie Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist 11:00     Alternative Crops: Production Overviews #2- Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agronomist 2 Texas Department of Agriculture CEUs (1-IPM, 1-General) will be provided to registered… Read More →

T-Y IPM News, February 20,2014

Current Situation:  General Situation: Continued dry, and drier…2013 ended with the Texas Tech Mesonet recording 11.15 inches of precipitation for Brownfield and 11.24” for Plains. During January neither Brownfield, nor Plains recorded any measurable precipitation. These dry conditions may have delayed some observable weed growth; however, the typical winter annuals have emerged and are present in wheat and pastures. Winter wheat has struggled, even under irrigation. According to the Texas ET Network, wheat in the late tillering stage has used an estimated 1.12 inches of water over the… Read More →

Timing Application of Nitrogen to Wheat is Import

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Agronomist, provides a good description of why timing is important if one desires a response in grain yield. Dr. trostle also describes the “tillering” growth stage of wheat and how one can recognize this stage of growth: TopDress N Tips for Wheat 2014.

Cool facts about Texas Agriculture

NEWS RELEASE: Texas Agriculture Gets In on the Big Plays at Super Bowl XLVIII Commissioner Todd Staples Texas Department of Agriculture Contact: Lindsey Pope | (512) 463-7664 | 1-800-TELL-TDA For Immediate Release: Jan. 30, 2014 AUSTIN — Our Texas football teams may be watching from the sidelines, but there’s a good chance Texas agriculture will take the field when Super Bowl XLVIII kicks off Sunday, February 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Whether you root for the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks, make… Read More →

Feed grains marketing workshop to be offered Feb. 3-4 in Amarillo

Feed grains marketing workshop to be offered Feb. 3-4 in Amarillo Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Steve Amosson, 806-677-5600, AMARILLO – Agriculture producers preparing for tough markets in 2014 should plan to attend Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s “Developing This Year’s Marketing Plan for Feed Grains” workshop Feb. 3-4 in Amarillo, according to an AgriLife Extension economist. A record corn crop along with adequate-to-surplus supplies of all crops in the U.S. and world markets, stagnant ethanol demand and the lowest cattle inventory in 60 years… Read More →

Drought, extreme temperatures may do damage to wheat in High Plains

Drought, extreme temperatures may do damage to wheat in High Plains AgriLife Extension specialist: Statewide crop looks good Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-862-1412, COLLEGE STATION – Timely rains across much of the state have the wheat crop looking much better than last year at this time, but for some areas, drought and cold temperatures may have combined to do some damage, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Clark Neely, AgriLife Extension small grains specialist in College Station, said… Read More →

Sorghum U Program Scheduled for January 7 in Levelland

Sorghum U Program Scheduled for January 7 in Levelland The farmer-focused Sorghum U program is back in 2014 to provide producers with resources to explore the production qualities of grain sorghum. The four-location series is sponsored by the Sorghum Checkoff, Sorghum Partners, CrustBuster/Speed King Inc. and High Plains Journal. Four Sorghum U events will take place in 2014 in Texas, Kansas and Nebraska, including a session at the Mallet Conference Center in Levelland, Texas, Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Breakout sessions will feature lessons learned from experienced sorghum… Read More →