Category Archives: Cropping System

Guar, wheat integration focus of new study

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-77-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Curtis Adams, 940-552-9941, Curtis.adams@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu A team of scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife and the University of Florida are working to increase and stabilize guar production in the U.S. by testing integration of guar into existing wheat production in the Southern Plains. The team is funded for the next four years to conduct this work by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Sustainable Agroecosystems: Functions, Processes and Management” grant program. Guar produces a seed containing galactomannan gum, which… Read More →

Guar producer uses Texas A&M AgriLife support to prompt revisions in NRCS guidelines

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Curtis Adams, 940-552-9941, Curtis.Adams@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – When a Texas Rolling Plains guar producer found himself to be potentially out of compliance with government guidelines, he turned to Texas A&M AgriLife to help get the guidelines updated. Guar has been grown in Texas for more than a century and is becoming more attractive to producers because of its drought tolerance and relatively low water use, said Dr. Curtis Adams, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop physiologist in Vernon. “Guar… Read More →

Interest in alternative crops remains steady

By: Adam Russell Contact: Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu Oilseed crops like sunflowers and canola are experiencing lower prices, but it appears overall interest in alternative crops remains steady, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock, said alternative crop options such as sunflowers, sesame, canola and guar remain minor crops, but their viability due to drought and heat tolerance may increase their popularity as market demands rise. Trostle said there is a large oversupply of confectionary sunflower seeds, which are… Read More →

Study sheds light on nodulation in guar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Curtis Adams, 940-552-9941, Curtis.Adams@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Texas A&M AgriLife scientists are conducting several research projects to improve producers’ understanding of guar and the legume’s value to their operations in the Rolling Plains and South Plains. Guar has been grown in Texas for more than a century, but acreage of the crop in the state is relatively low, said Dr. Curtis Adams, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop physiologist in Vernon, Lack of nodulation on guar roots is one of the producer concerns… Read More →

Viability of lentil, wheat rotation studied for Rolling Plains

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Emi Kimura, 940-552-9941 ext. 233, emi.kimura@ag.tamu.edu Winter lentils may be just what the doctor ordered to perk up the Rolling Plains wheat crop. That doctor is Dr. Emi Kimura, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Vernon. Lentils are legumes that grow in pods on a bushy plant, and as legumes, they are high in nitrogen, which would benefit the following wheat crop, Kimura said. She has initiated a winter lentil-winter wheat crop rotation trial with funding provided by Texas… Read More →

Organic grain, soybean study establishes early production recommendations

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Nithya Rajan, 979-845-0360, nrajan@tamu.edu Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, 979-845-5375, muthu@tamu.edu Dr. Ronnie Schnell, 979-845-2935, ronschnell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After one year of studying organic grain and soybean cropping systems, Texas A&M AgriLife scientists say they know more about what not to do moving forward. Three Texas A&M researchers are using a $475,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to study organic grain and soybean cropping systems over a three-year period. The project leaders are Dr. Nithya Rajan,… Read More →

Soil Health – Cover Crop field day held in Williamson County

Writer: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Jake Mowrer – Jake.mowrer@tamu.edu Dr. Clark Neely – cbneely@tamu.edu Dr. Haly Neely – hneely@tamu.edu AgriLife Extension and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service recently teamed up to discuss cover crops and conservation tillage practices with producers in the Blackland region of the state. The group met at the Stiles Foundation Farm, near Thrall, and Unnasch Farms, near Hart, Texas. Robert Unnasch has been practicing conservation tillage for many years. This made the field trip to his farm an excellent way to begin… Read More →

Cotton, Corn and Soil discussed at 54th Annual Stiles Farm Field Day

More than 100 producers from the Blackland region of Texas gathered at the Stiles Farm in Thrall, Texas, in mid-June for the 54th annual field day. Each year the field day highlights research being done at Stiles Farm as well as innovations in crop and livestock management. Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension State Cotton Specialist, discussed cotton production and new technologies for weed and nutrient management in cotton. “New herbicide technologies are not a silver bullet for weed control,” Morgan stated. “In order to get good… Read More →

More than just cotton

Conservation cropping systems, crop rotation focus of Rolling Plains study Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Curtis Adams, 940-552-9941, Curtis.Adams@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Paul DeLaune, 940-552-9941, pbdelaune@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Conservation practices are a growing part of cropping systems in the Rolling Plains, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists who are helping producers look at the big picture, instead of just crop to crop. Dr. Curtis Adams, cropping systems agronomist, and Dr. Paul DeLaune, environmental soil scientist, both with AgriLife Research in Vernon, are working jointly to research where… Read More →