October 1, 2002
In the Southern Rolling Plains, mid-October until mid-November is the ideal planting time for wheat intended for grain production. With excellent soil moisture and warm soil temperatures the plants should germinate uniformly if they are planted at the correct depth in a firm seedbed. Most of the bearded varieties need to be planted from 1.25 to 1.75 inches deep. Beardless varieties can tolerate being planted deeper, however, anything over 2.5 inches is too deep. Trying to plant wheat at a uniform depth is very difficult in freshly worked soil. Producers need to develop a mind-set that wheat ground should be worked early and allowed to settle for several weeks before planting.
Producers need to pay close attention to weed problems. With favorable growing conditions, a high population of weeds could develop rapidly and the larger the weeds the more expensive they are to control. Producers will need to be reminded not to use 2-4,D until tillering is complete. They might consider using products like Ally or Amber that are reasonably priced and give favorable broadleaf weed control for several months.
Harvest aid demonstrations were established in Reagan, Runnels, and Tom Green Counties for county crop tours. The following underlined county names are linked to the final report for the tests--Reagan County, Runnels County and Tom Green County. The treatment name in Table 1 of each report is linked to a picture of that treatment. I want to thank all the Extension Agents that assisted in the plot designs and establishment, their names are listed on the reports. Enjoy the virtual tour!
The biggest decision for producers is whether to defoliate. The leaf grade discount are high enough that most producers are concerned. In most cases they can't afford to kill the leaves and have them remain on the plant. For defoliation, some producers are applying a light rate of desiccant while others are applying defoliants. After the leaves have fallen off the plant, then a desiccant is applied at a high rate.
The ginning dates for District 6 and 7 will be November 18 - 20, 2002. A total of 330 cotton samples have been called in so far. I think there is close to 500 samples to be ginned, but I need the counties to call and confirm their numbers. Don't forget when your preparing the samples for ginning, the best weight size has been approximately 600 grams. If you need a copy of the ginning sheet [Click Here].
Pesticide Recertification Training
October 14, 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.
On November 14, a five hour CEU course will be held in Eldorado. For more information about the meeting call Scott Edmonson at (915) 853-2132.
On December 11, a SPCB/TDA Conference will be held at the Abilene Civic Center. This training is being hosted by the City of Abilene, Texas Cooperative Extension, and the Texas Department of Agriculture. The target audience is Landscape/Turf. For more details and to register for the meeting call Gary Bomar at (915) 672-6048.
On December 15, a five hour CEU course will be held at the Taylor County Extension Office. This training is being hosted by Texas Cooperative Extension and the Texas Department of Agriculture. The target audience is Ag Producers and Home Owners. For more details and to register for the meeting call Gary Bomar at (915) 672-6048.
- October 1, San Saba County, Soil and Soil Fertility
- October 3 & 4, Dallas County, Texas 4-H Foundation Meeting
- October 7, District 7 Office, Office Conference
- October 7 & 14, Tom Green County, Evaluate Harvest Aid Test Plots
- October 8, McCulloch County, Soil and Soil Fertility
- October 10, Taylor County, Soil and Soil Fertility
- October 16 - 20, Lexington, Kentucky, National ESP Meeting
- October 21, Tom Green County, Evaluate Harvest Aid Test Plots
- October 24, Burnet County, Hay Show and CEU Course
- October 29, McCulloch County, Plant Growth and Development
- October 29, San Saba County, Plant Growth and Development
- November 4, District 7 Office, Office Conference
- November 12 & 13, Lubbock County, Texas Weed Information Group Meeting
- November 14, Schleicher County, CEU Course
- November 15, Professional Ag Workers
- November 28 & 29, Holiday
Billy E. Warrick
Texas Cooperative Extension
Texas A&M University System