The overall objective of AG-CARES is to develop cotton-based cropping systems utilizing new technologies to optimize cotton profitability for the Southern High Plains. Research for the AG-CARES Projects include:
- Performance of Roundup Ready, Roundup Ready Flex, LibertyLink, and stacked Bollgard cotton varieties under irrigated and dryland conditions. Effects of varying irrigation levels on performance of selected varieties will be determined.
- Evaluation of breeding lines and varieties for tolerance to root-knot nematodes.
- Effects of seeding rate, planting pattern, and variety selection on dryland cotton yield and fiber quality.
- Use of crops model such as COTMAN to manage irrigation and crop termination.
- Remote sensing using aerial infrared photography and hyperspectral imagery to monitor crop development and aid in management decisions.
- Cotton yield mapping to determine relative yield as related to field and treatment variability.
- Monitor cotton insect pests and natural enemies as influenced by irrigation tillage system, and Roundup Ready vs stacked gene varieties.
- Peanut production as influenced by peanut type and irrigation method and quantity – utilizing peanut as a profitable rotation crop with cotton.
- Alternative crops such as forages, sesame, and guar – management of these crops and their potential as rotations with cotton.