Irrigation; TAWC Summer Field Day set for Aug. 31 in Hale County
A timely program focusing on water use efficiency will be in the spotlight at a Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Field Day in Hale County. The free, annual event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday (Aug. 31) at the Bob Glodt Farm in Edmonson, a small rural community some 18 miles northwest of Plainview.
"The field day is a great opportunity to learn about new energy and water-saving technologies and hear first-hand from producers, commodity groups and research leaders," said TAWC Project Director Rick Kellison.
Producers, irrigation consultants, and researchers will all be on hand to discuss irrigation management techniques and answer any questions they may have, program organizers said. Among the scheduled discussion topics are:
- Cotton varieties for the water limited environment of West Texas
- Enlist spray drift demonstration
- Irrigation strategy used for conducting variable rate irrigation trials
- PhytoGen water use efficient germplasm development program
- Water use efficiency with experimental and commercial varieties
To reach the Bob Glodt Farm from Plainview, take Highway 194 northwest to Edmonson. From Edmonson, take 194 northwest about 2.7 miles to FM 2884 turn left (due west) and proceed one mile to the farm entrance on right.
Program officials note that the TAWC project is a partnership of area producers, data collection technologies, and collaborating partners that includes industries, universities, and government agencies. The project uses on-farm demonstrations of cropping and livestock systems to compare the production practices, technologies, and systems that can maintain individual farm profitability while improving water use efficiency with a goal of extending the life of the Ogallala Aquifer while maintaining the viability of local farms and communities.
All production-related decisions are made by the more than 20 producers involved in the project. The project field sites involve more than 6,000 acres in Castro, Crosby, Deaf Smith, Floyd, Hale, Lamb, Lubbock, Parmer and Swisher counties. These sites represent the range of agricultural practices including monoculture cropping systems; crop rotations; no-till, limited-till and conventional tillage practices; land application of manure; and fully integrated crop and livestock systems.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Rick Kellison, Project Director, Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, Texas Tech University at (806) 292-5982 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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