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ISSUE DATE: 03/25/2013

Making more cotton with the water you have

Jennifer M. Latzke

A farmer can carefully plan his fields. He can select his seed varieties, line up his crop protection inputs and even plan for labor and equipment outlays.

But all that doesn't matter if he doesn't manage his water.

And, if he is a farmer who happens to have irrigated fields in the High Plains region above the Ogallala Aquifer, he is probably looking at any way to become more efficient in using this valuable resource. An ongoing drought that stretches across the region has many farmers looking for alternative cotton production methods that will help them conserve the water they have available.

Bob Glodt, owner of Agri-Search, a crop consulting and contract research firm out of Plainview, Texas, said growers should start this path to increasing water use efficiency (WUE) by better understanding the needs of their cotton plants. Glodt also spoke at the Deltapine 2013 Weed Resistance and Water Management Summit in Lubbock, Texas, at the end of January. He challenged growers to start considering deficit irrigation, or strategic irrigation in combination with selecting varieties for their WUE characteristics as a way to make more cotton with the water they have available.


NEWS

$1M pilot project aims to take out feral pigs
Epigenetics mechanism may help explain effects of mom's nutrition on her children's health
Farm Bureau members support new Children's Museum of Siouxland
Farmers asked to participate in hearing study
Huelskamp recognized as 'Friend of Farm Bureau'
Kansas Press Association recognizes Journal with Awards of Excellence
KFAC presents Teacher of the Year award
Manure spills: Scientists detail the damage, find a fix
Mom of the Year joins ag experts at American Agri-Women's Mid-Year Meeting
Neighbor to Neighbor food drive raises 58,000 meals
Public Lands Council offers Washington update
Ranchers could delay some taxes due to drought
Vilsack outlines USDA efforts to raise healthier generation of Americans
World Food Prize Laureate Pinstrup-Andersen is Heuermann Lecturer

CROPS

AFA students attend policy training
Agronomy professor appointed to board of international agriculture center
Beginning farmer and rancher workshop scheduled for April
Canola College scheduled for March 28
Cellular research, feed efficiency studies earn UW awards
Collaboration seeks to improve biofuel efficiency, bio-products quality
Corn planting begins in Chicot County
Cotton plantings predicted to be down as much as 25 percent
Denim and Diamonds Women in Ag Workshop is April 5
Dodson to lead the National Cotton Council
Early corn planting has benefits and downfalls
Extension offers Annie's Project sessions for farm, ranch women
Farmers, ranchers mitigate impacts of drought with drought plans, conservation systems
Jim Tobin to present Hertz Lecture at Iowa State University
K-State to host ag, other events
Lingle, Cheyenne workshops explain Community Supported Agriculture ventures
Little policy tweaking at Commodity Classic
Making more cotton with the water you have
MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year named
New dean hired at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
PlainsGold varieties dominate NASS Colorado Winter Wheat Variety Survey
Second cutoff date for NRCS initiatives is April 19
Sorghum Board seeks applicants for open seats
UW agroecology student attends agricultural outlook forum
Wheat growers look at future of the industry

LIVESTOCK

$3,500 reward offered in fatal shooting of cow
30th National Beef Cook-Off seeks healthy recipes from Kansas home cooks
All-breed performance evaluated bull sale set for March 25
Caring for calves in cold weather
Cattleman's Cow/Calf Clinic set March 28
Critical dairy cow fertility focus of new $3M study
Crossroads Center scheduling riders for spring
Fred Stout Experience Awards presented
Iowa Western team wins IPPA Student Taste of Elegance
K-State animal science students heading to national competition
K-State welcomes 300 to Kansas Junior Swine Producer Day
K-State's Weaber awarded for cow-calf genetics work
Livestock scholarships available
March Madness: Preparing for calving season
MCA supports fix to animal neglect law
Medal of Excellence champions selected
Meeting will address controlling trich in cattle herds
MU economist: Dairy margin proposal would cut spending
NCBA kicks off March Membership Madness Drive
NUBeef-Anatomy app educates across professions
Register for pre-World Pork Expo tours
Reward offered in Miami County tack theft case
Salers name 'Recognition of Renown' show winners
Short-term changes in nutrition can affect embryo survival
South Dakota ranchers win Hereford Innovator Award
Test your beef I.Q. in the checkoff's trivia challenge

EDITOR

Celebrating you
Claws out
What's the beef?

COLUMNS

Fungicide at planting controls cotton root rot
Generation by generation, China moves ahead
Just a scoop full
New USDA 'rural' definition stirs up controversy
Old saying must be worn out
Reinventing the funnel

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Colorado livestock auction report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Grain market close
Grains closed higher, soybeans lower
Hay trading is slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter cattle report
Joplin livestock auction report
Lexington livestock market report
Most hay prices remain steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Sigourney feeder cattle auction report
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock auction report
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Colorado Ranching Legacy Program open for registration
Kansas Prescribed Fire Council contracts for services from conservationist
Kansas Rural Center, NRCS to hold pasture walks
Texas A&M researchers determine best range management practices for aquifer recharge

FAMILY

4-H Rabbit Camp, Judging Meet set for April 20
Automatic irrigation tips for lawn and landscape
Boost nutrients, cut fat in recipes
Bringing joy to the plate
Coloring eggs with natural dyes
Experts offer tips for a healthy lawn
Get fired up for an Easter feast
Girl designs board game to teach other kids
High tunnel construction tips
Jiminey has wise, economical use of space
Making the most of your tax refund
Matt Smith, Wilson, wins KWF Wildlife Conservationist Award
Meals made special
Meditation
Program to cover home modifications for aging adults
Spring critical to garden survival through seasonal extremes
Tree Care Workshop coming to Imperial
Twig Walkingstick: Guinea pigs and vitamin C
UW Extension to host showing of 'Truck Farm'
Wyoming regional 4-H day camps start March 28

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