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Page 4 THE CROSS SECTION December 2013
High Plains Ag Conference:
Irrigation efficiency essential
Dr. Dana Porter, Texas A&M
AgriLife Extension agricultural
engineer, discussed irrigation man-
agement, chemigation, and updated
local producers on High Plains
Water District rules during the
Dec. 13 High Plains Ag Conference
Porter's presentation emphasized
one common theme: efficiency
within each method of irrigation.
Keeping input factors in mind
during the growing season is vital to
making a profitable yield by harvest.
While water is an important
input, nutrient management,
variety selection and integrated pest
management all have to be account-
ed for in each process, too.
With many water efficiency
technologies already present in
irrigation, Porter says refining
current water management tech-
niques will be essential for sustain-
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managing current technologies in
a better way," Porter says. "The
more soil and water management
awareness available, the better
producers can pinpoint what their
crops need and when they need it."
As in any irrigation application,
successful water application starts
with good design, installation,
maintenance and management.
Many producers on the Texas
High Plains have implemented some
type of efficient irrigation systems
, which helps spread awareness on
water efficient methods.
Staying informed of new
technologies and facing challenges
is important now, as well as in the
"Economics will continue to be
challenging for future producers,"
"Whether it is inputs, markets,
labor or insurance, challenges
exist on many levels, but increased
awareness of best management
practices will always be useful for
For more information regard-
ing irrigation efficiency or Texas
water in general, persons are
encouraged to refer to these sites.
From Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Drought tolerance in wheat has
been increased through breeding
over the years, but a group of Texas
A&M AgriLife Research scientists
in Amarillo wanted to know what
plant physiological characteristics
were making the biggest difference.
The results of this study, "Yield
Determination and Water-Use
Efficiency of Wheat Under Water
Limited Conditions in the U.S.
Southern High Plains," will be
published in the Crop Science
journal in January.
Funded in part by the Ogallala
Aquifer Program and Texas Wheat
Producers Board, the study featured
a two-year field experiment with
10 different wheat varieties. The
varieties were grown under dryland
and irrigated conditions, looking
primarily at yield determination and
News briefs and other conservation-related information
2014 CROP CONFERENCES-Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
has announced the following January 2014 crop conferences within
the HPWD service area.
- Lamb County Ag Conference, Jan 22, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lamb County
Ag and Community Center, Littlefield;
- Caprock Crop Conference, Jan. 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friends Unity
- Llano Estacado Cotton Conference, Jan. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Bailey County Electric Cooperative, Muleshoe.
2014 LAND AND WATER SUMMIT-"Drought as an
Opportunity for Change" is the theme of the 2014 Land and Water
Summit, sponsored by the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico and
Arid Low Impact Design (Arid LID). Formerly known as the New
Mexico Xeriscape Conference, this event will be held Feb. 20-21
in Albuquerque. The conference agenda and speakers as well as
registration information is available at http://xeriscapenm.com/
LOCAL PRODUCER HONORED---Eddie Smith of Floydada was
honored as the 441h recipient of the Cotton Grower Achievement Award
during Dec. 2 ceremonies at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center
in Lubbock. The award, organized and managed by Cotton Grower
magazine and co-sponsored by Case IH and Deltapine, recognizes
and honors growers who are outstanding innovators, sound stewards
of the environment, and leaders in both the cotton industry and their
respective communities. "Eddie has given his time and counsel to
individuals and organizations at all levels of the industry for many
years. We're excited to welcome him to this prestigious list of recipi-
ents for this annual award," said Beck Barnes, senior editor. You can
learn more about Smith's story and the Cotton Grower Achievement
Award in the Jan. 2014 issue of Cotton Grower Magazine or by visit-
REGIONAL WATER PLANNING GROUP MEETING-The
Llano Estacado Regional Water Planning Group ("Region 0")
meets January 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the A. Wayne Wyatt Board Room
of the High Plains Water District office. Additional information about
the regional water planning group is available at www.llanoplan.org.
TALL CLASS XIV-The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership
(TALL) program is seeking applicants for its newest class which
begins in July. TALL is a two-year leadership development program
managed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. "The program
invests 455 hours of intensive training per person in agriculture-related
seminars, speakers, and domestic/international study trips. It is the
equivalent of obtaining a master's degree in agriculture," said Dr.
Jim Mazurkiewicz, AgriLife Extension leadership program director.
The typical class size is 25 and tuition is $3,000. Applications for the
newest class are due March 15 and may be found online at http://tall.
tamu.edu. Participants include crop producers, ranchers, bankers
and attorneys, as well as those who work in lumber, food processing,
agricultural corporations and horticultural industries, he said.
TEXAS GROUND WATER ASSOCIATION-The Texas Ground
Water Association will hold its annual convention, Jan. 29-31, at the
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
TWDB OMBUDSMAN NAMED-Doug Shaw, a sixth generation
Texan from a farm family, has been named the Texas Water Develop-
ment Board's (TWDB) first Agriculture and Rural Texas Ombudsman.
Shaw has worked in the water planning division at TWDB since 2006.
"Doug has worked extensively with rural and agricultural stake-
holders, helping them with regional water planning. He has educated
many Texans across the state about TWDB 's funding programs," said
TWDB Executive Administrator Kevin Patteson.
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