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Irrigation Management; TAWC Summer Field Day set for Aug. 14 in Floyd County

Irrigation Management; TAWC Summer Field Day set for Aug. 14 in Floyd County

Texas Tech’s International Center for Agricultural Competitiveness Director Darren Hudson is one of the featured speakers set to participate in the latest edition of the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation’s 2014 Summer Field Day. The free, annual event, which focuses on irrigation management technology, takes place from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Thursday (Aug. 14) at the Floyd County Unity Center, located on HWY 70 half-way between Lockney and Floydada.  more »

 

Ogallala Aquifer research team wins prestigious national USDA Award

Ogallala Aquifer research team wins prestigious national USDA Award

The depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer has made headlines over the past several years and has been a big concern to many who live on the Southern Great Plains region, including the Texas High Plains, along with portions of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The aquifer encompasses more than 170,000 square miles, making it a sizeable and vital water resource.  more »

 

Step Up; Texas Alliance for Water Conservation holds field walk series

Step Up; Texas Alliance for Water Conservation holds field walk series

The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC) knows water management is a timely and increasingly important matter to producers across the South Plains of Texas, especially during the summer growing season. In order to provide information about irrigation strategies and management technology, the TAWC is hosting a series of field walks looking at grain sorghum, corn and cotton.  more »

 

Pasture Problems; Drought, high temp stress highlight Australian meeting

Pasture Problems; Drought, high temp stress highlight Australian meeting

With a laser focus on pasture plant adaptation to drought and high temperature stress, some of the world’s leading agronomists are set to meet in September at the Satellite Meeting of the 22nd International Grassland Congress in Sydney, Australia. Held at the University of Sydney, the satellite meeting will be led in part by co-organizer Chuck West, Texas Tech’s Thornton Distinguished Professor of Forages.  more »

 

TAWC recognized with major American Water Resources Association award

TAWC recognized with major American Water Resources Association award

The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, a research project made up of producers, industries, universities, and government agencies, has received the American Water Resources Association’s ‘Integrated Water Resources Management Award.’  The award will be presented at the group’s annual conference in November in Portland.  more »

 

Dry Times; Worst Drought in Decades Continues to Cut Texas Quail Counts

Dry Times; Worst Drought in Decades Continues to Cut Texas Quail Counts

Three years into a five-year project aimed at stemming a massive decline of quail in Texas, researchers with a conservation alliance based at Texas Tech University are finding that last year’s blistering drought didn’t help that rescue effort one bit.  more »

 

Protracted drought cuts deeply into Texas quail numbers: Texas Tech study

Protracted drought cuts deeply into Texas quail numbers: Texas Tech study

The drought and a killing heat that gripped Texas for the better part of a year has sharply reduced quail numbers with the die-off of adult game birds ratcheting up into the hundreds of thousands, followed by pint-sized chick reproduction reports.  more »