|August 31, 2000
Coleman, McCulloch, Runnels, and Taylor Counties are the only counties that requested wheat seed for result demonstration tests. I will let you know as soon as the seed is ready to be picked up.
The Wheat Symposium held in Abilene on August 24 was well attended with over 220 producers from across the state. The agents in attendance from adjoining districts indicated that this was an excellent agent training meeting, all involved in planning are to be commended. I ditto that and every producer I talked to said thanks for putting this outstanding program together. I enjoyed the wide array of presentations made and increased my knowledge concerning the new wheat tolerant lines that will be available for purchase in 2002. The meeting was a great refresher course also. For instance: What is the inverted bell curve concerning the planting depth of wheat seed? Answer: Plant shallow (no more than 1.25 inches) in the hot portion of the Fall–plant to the depth of emergence (2 to 2.5 inches depending on variety) during the ideal planting period (October 15 to November 15)–plant shallow (no more than 1.25 inches) in late November and early December.
Some small grain tests that can be conducted include: 1) Land preparation and equipment modification for controlling planting depth; 2) Effect of planting date and rate on forage and grain production; 3) Determination of forage production in the Fall and in the Spring; 4) Timing and rate of nutrient application; 5) Disease ratings of wheat; 6) Weed control; 7) Note when dormancy breaks in each variety; 8) Pull off date for grazed wheat and its impact on grain yield; 9) Insect ratings; 10) comparison of certified wheat with standard wheat; and 11) Plant height, standability, test weight per bushel, moisture and grain yield.
The crop is progressing rapidly. Plans are already underway to start terminating this crop. To prepare for the questions you will receive concerning harvest aids please take time to review the attached cotton harvest-aid recommendations for West Central Texas. This information is also available on the San Angelo Web Site. The URL for the specific document is http://sanangelo.tamu.edu/agronomy/harvest/index.htm
I have the following cotton meetings on my calendar for September; They include: Mason, Runnels, and Tom Green. If everything continues progressing as it has, I will be establishing Harvest-Aid test plots the week of September 11. If you need materials for establishing test plots, please let me know as soon as possible.
The only harvestable variety test plots that I am aware of are in Fisher, Runnels and Tom Green County. If you need added to the list, please contact me so I can prepare for ginning in Lubbock later this Fall.
Pesticide Recertification Training
On September 11, there will be a training conducted at Abilene for producers needing to obtain a Private Applicators License. For more details and to register for the meeting call Gary Bomar at (915) 672-6048.
Pesticide disposal tentative for December 4 at Wall, Texas.