Category Archives: Management Practices

New app development could aid crop irrigation management

By: Kay Ledbetter Texas A&M AgriLife is developing an inexpensive and easy-to-use mobile app and irrigation management system to help agricultural producers increase water-use efficiency and continue producing cotton. The new project is funded by the Texas A&M Water Seed Grant Initiative and is titled “A Novel Sensor- and Crop-Model-Based Decision Support Tool for Efficient Irrigation Management.” The app is being developed in the Texas Rolling Plains region, which produces about 13% of the state’s cotton, said Srinivasulu Ale, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research geospatial hydrologist and lead… Read More →

Glyphosate myths, facts addressed

By: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Scott Nolte – Whether on social media or in farming circles, many questions linger about glyphosate, better known as Roundup, and a link to cancer. “It’s hard to know what to believe, but it’s important to make sure the information you receive is based on good science,” said Scott Nolte, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state weed specialist, College Station. Nolte addressed the issue during the Panhandle Farm Management Symposium in Amarillo recently, providing insight into the “myths and truths” surrounding the… Read More →

Genes from wild wheat relative to aid in battle against trio of pests

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, Wheat curl mite, greenbug and Hessian fly have long been troublemaker pests for Texas wheat, but a team of Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists is ready to go high tech to help control them. Dr. Shuyu Liu, AgriLife Research wheat geneticist in Amarillo, will lead a team to develop hard winter wheat germplasm with resistance to these pests using genes from a wild wheat relative. The research is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and… Read More →

Importance of Preplant Incorporated and Preemergence Herbicides in Peanut Production

Written by: Emi Kimura, James Grichar, Pete Dotray and Josh McGinty Contact: Dr. Emi Kimura, Best Management Practices (BMPs) for peanut production include effective season-long weed management. Below are four weed management principles in peanut production. Start clean Use residual herbicides Timely postemergence applications Know your weeds Early season weed management is most important, which means weed control later in the season should be easier. Yield losses are minimized when peanuts are free of weed competition for the first 4-6 weeks after planting. There are five critical… Read More →