Natural Resources Training Program

Improving Cotton and Row Crop Yields through Efficient Irrigation Approaches

Texas A&M Kingsville Citrus Center
312 N. International Blvd. Weslaco, TX 78599

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
7:30 am – 12:00 pm

This free educational program will focus on the practical aspects of producing more cotton and other row crops with less water to improve the bottom line of producers.  Furrow irrigation is the most common practice used in row crops and this program will focus on maximizing its efficiency to use less water while maintaining or improving yields. A moderated panel of local producers will discuss their experiences and practical aspects of enhanced furrow irrigation management. Please register by October 10.

7:30  Registration and coffee
8:00 Welcome and program overview
Lucas Gregory, Texas Water Resources Institute
8:15 Producer experience with improving furrow irrigation in the southeast: will these approaches work in Rio Grand Valley?
Jason Krutz, Director, Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute
9:00     Cotton producer panel on potential solutions to improve furrow irrigation
Ray Prewett, Ag Issues Consultant
10:15 Break
10:30 Improving Crop Yields and Economics through Irrigation Management
Mac Young, Extension Program Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension 
11:00      Agency Program Updates
  • TWDB Water Conservation Programs: Cameron Turner or Whitney Johnson
  • NRCS EQIP and other Programs: Sonny Vela
  • TSSWCB WQMP Program: Brian Koch, Ronnie Ramirez, Ricardo Chapa
11:30 Rio Grande Study Update
Askar Karimov, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
11:40 Producers questionnaire and program evaluation
11:50 Closing comments
Lucas Gregory, Texas Water Resources Institute
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