January 22, 2018
Connecting today’s producers and crop consultants with the latest in irrigation technology and research is the focus of the Fourth Annual Water College on Wednesday (Jan. 24).
The event is sponsored by the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC) under the Department of Plant and Soil Science in the Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (CASNR). It will be held at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the program starting at 8:50 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.
Among the event’s highlights are programs on utilizing variable rate irrigation technology in West Texas cotton; soil management for ideal water infiltration; Wrangler’s commitment to healthy soils; and improving corn water use with hybrid selection – trait evaluation for both dryland and limited irrigated systems.
Other presentations include upcoming weather patterns; an overview of Texas water law; an update from the Texas Water Development Board; profit potential using split pivot irrigation strategies in cotton production; grower perspective of various irrigation systems; and the West Texas Mesonet – useful tools to aid producers.
The event’s luncheon speaker is Wyman Meinzer, the official State Photographer of Texas and a 1974 CASNR graduate. In addition, local irrigation supply companies, farm equipment dealers, farm credit businesses and commodity groups will have display booths and be available to answer questions and give details to participants.
Funded by a grant from the Texas Water Development Board, the TAWC is a partnership of producers, technology firms, universities and government agencies working to extend the life of the largest subterranean aquifer in the United States. Stretching from the Texas Panhandle in the south to the northern boundary of Nebraska, the Ogallala Aquifer lies beneath one of the most important agricultural regions in the U.S.
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 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.
Sponsors for the TAWC Water College include Bayer Crop Science; Cotton Inc.; DuPont Pioneer; Texas Corn Producers; Diversity D Irrigation Services; High Plains Underground Water District; and Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education.
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is made up of six departments:
The mission of the Department of Plant & Soil Science is to improve plants for human use, increase knowledge about our environment, and enhance sustainable practices in plant production and value-added processing through education, research, and outreach.
The department is a comprehensive academic department conducting research and offering coursework and academic programs in all areas of the plant and soil sciences.Facebook