Expand Grain Sorghum Hybrid Testing—West Texas


Project Details

  • Calvin Trostle
  • Texas AgriLife Extension
  • $28,104
  • Year: 2009

 

Project Summary

This project seeks funding, both primary and supplemental, to expand support for new West Texas grain sorghum hybrid trial testing as well as bolster existing program in the Texas AgriLife Research Crop Testing program. Areas targeted for new test sites include: dryland—Perryton, on-farm Levelland (near the ethanol plant using 100% grain sorghum), Vernon, Lamesa, and on-farm Ballinger/San Angelo; irrigated, Perryton and on-farm Levelland. Existing dryland test sites in the current official crop testing program will receive additional support due to the 2007 initiative to re-start dryland sorghum hybrid testing in West Texas whereby companies were offered three test sites for the price of one (Bushland, Lubbock, & Clovis, NM). Additional funding was anticipated for these sites through the state sorghum association, but this did not materialize hence these sites are greatly underfunded. Depending on the arrangement a minimum of eight hybrids chosen by Texas AgriLife Extension will be tested at on-farm sites, and sites affiliated with official Crop Testing work include as many as 30 hybrids. Results will be at the forefront of Extension producer education programs for grain sorghum in West Texas.