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Texas A&M AgriLife releases annual wheat ‘Picks List’

Variety choices based on yield, disease, insect resistance traits Texas A&M AgriLife wheat experts have determined their annual “Picks List” to guide producers as they prepare for fall planting in the near future. TAM 115 and TAM 205 wheat varieties were added to this year’s Picks List in the High Plains. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter) Continuing a long-time tradition, ongoing Picks List criteria include a minimum of three years of irrigated or dryland data in Texas A&M AgriLife regional variety trials across numerous locations. Pick List… Read More →

Sprouted Wheat Seed for Livestock

With all the recent rains, moist conditions have delayed harvest and may lead to sprouting of wheat in the head. This sprouted grain is unsuitable for use in the milling, brewing and food industries but it can be fed to livestock. The germination process produces heat, carbon dioxide and moisture and could reduce the energy density of the sprouted grain.  But, animal feeding trials indicate that the feeding value of the sprouted grain is not greatly reduced, if at all. In some instances, it appears that sprouting may… Read More →

Hay Show

Judging for the Hay Show will take place on October 17th, 2014. Hay collection is September 19th.

Recent Freeze Damage

The old wives tale of “a mesquite tree not leafing out until the last frost has passed” was certainly proved wrong again.  Much of this past week I was out of the office inspecting freeze damage to local wheat crops.  Damage has varied across the county depending on field location and stage of development.  The most adversely affected fields have been in the Bosque River Bottom on late developing wheat.  I observed as much as 100% damage in fields located in Northern Bosque County and as little as… Read More →

Wheat Yield Reports

Wheat harvesting has started and the first yield reports are in.  The Dorward family harvested a field I had previously inspected for freeze damage.   The estimated damage from the late freezes was 30 to 40 percent.   Their field’s average yield was 35 bushels per acre.  If we assume the average damage was 35 percent, the field’s undamaged production potential would have been about 53 bushels per acre.  Robert Payne and I visited on Friday.  He feels his average production will be similar.  The yield monitor on his combine… Read More →