Cover Crop Management on the Texas High Plains​

December 2020 | 7 min., 26 sec.
by Ray White
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas Tech University

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​Planting cover crops has not been widely accepted on the Texas High Plains because of concerns about water use and how cover crops affect cotton lint yield. Trials were conducted in 2017–2019 to determine the best management strategies to help optimize cotton yields. The results indicated that planting 30 lbs/A of either wheat or rye, along with an optimum termination, produced cotton yields equal to those produced by conventional till.

About the Presenter

Ray White​​Ray White is a PhD candidate at Texas Tech University working as a research assistant at Texas A&M AgriLife Research in cropping systems and weed science. His graduate work focuses on managing small-grain cover crops for cotton production systems in the Texas High Plains and developing weed management strategies in minimal-tillage cotton systems. He also works on other projects that determine the efficacies of different herbicides and herbicide programs and in variety trials in a number of crops, including cotton, corn, and sorghum plus other regional crops.​

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