Agronomic Panel​​

December 2020 | 53 min., 40 sec.
by Glen Ritchie, Murilo Maeda, Emi Kimura, and Katie Lewis
Texas Tech University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension


​The Agronomically Sound Pest Management and Production Practices Panel provides updates on 2020 cotton and peanut production across the High Plains and Rollings Plains of Texas. Murilo Maeda and Emi Kimura provide general overviews of production challenges, Glen Ritchie discusses the effects of cold weather on cotton development, and Katie Lewis shares her observations about the effects of cover crops on cotton.

About the Presenter

Glen Ritchie Glen Ritchie is a cotton physiologist with a joint appointment at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Lubbock, Texas. His current research focuses on physiology and plant water relations in cotton and sorghum. His research group evaluates irrigation level, irrigation timing, the interaction of irrigation with cultivars, soil moisture, and fertility.

Murilo Maeda Murilo Maeda is an assistant professor and extension cotton specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. In this capacity, he provides leadership in cotton production for the Texas High Plains and in developing educational programs and materials related to the profitable and sustainable production of cotton in a challenging, semi-arid environment. His program involves interactions with farmers, county and IPM agents, extension specialists, research faculty, and allied industry to develop and deliver new technologies and educational programs designed to help cotton producers make timely and informed crop management decisions.

Emi Kimura Emi Kimura is an assistant professor, Extension agronomist, and state extension peanut specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Vernon. She obtained her BS in botany and MS in agronomy at the University of Wyoming and her PhD in agronomy at Washington State University. Since joining Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in 2015, Dr. Kimura’s program has focused on developing environmentally and economically sustainable crop production in dryland cropping system in the Texas Rolling Plains through applied research, education, and outreach efforts. Primary crops include peanut, cotton, wheat, forage, oil seeds, and alternative crops.​

Katie L. Lewis Katie L. Lewis As an agricultural and environmental soil scientist, Dr. Katie Lewis is continually striving to enhance her understanding of the critical challenges currently facing agriculture and society. As the daughter of a South Texas farmer (Taft, San Patricio County), she was introduced at a young age to these challenges of sustainable agriculture and how they affect society. Dr. Lewis considers soil to be one of our most valuable natural resources, with the ability to produce food, feed and fiber, recycle wastes, filter and break down contaminants, and sequester carbon. As an assistant professor of soil chemistry and fertility at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas Tech University, Dr. Lewis is provided the opportunity through research and service to enhance the agricultural sustainability of the Texas High Plains region that is vitally important to both Texas and the nation, while helping educate future scientists, farmers, society, and policy-makers. Dr. Lewis received her BS in chemistry from Sam Houston State University in 2008. She received her MS and PhD in 2010 and 2014, respectively, from Texas A&M University. With a joint appointment at Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Lubbock (75% research) and Texas Tech University (25% teaching), Dr. Lewis is deeply engaged in research, teaching and service.​

Additional Resources​

2020 Texas High Plains Cotton Harvest-Aid Guide – Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension


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