Thank you to the sponsors who support the Hill-McLennan IPM Program and Newsletter!

Van Poppel Crop Insurance
Ag Texas Farm Credit Services
Brazos Valley Equipment Co
LoneStar Ag Credit
Gerik Ag LLC
Helena Chemical Co

Weather Forecast

Oct 27, 2016

Newsletter and Weather Status

Click to download this week's newsletter!

Good luck to all the area producers (and the rest of Texas) in planting this year's winter wheat crop! Many people are holding off, waiting for some rain. The forecast looks pretty dry until about the middle of next week. Hopefully we can get some good moisture in the ground to start off the season right.

Oct 13, 2016

Pre-Plant Bulletin

The wheat pre-plant bulletin is now available. It details some cost-cutting tips for 2017 and is packed with links to information and articles that could be helpful. 

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension state small grains specialist Clark Neely, Texas is estimated to plant up to 20% less hard red winter wheat acres than last year (the lowest acreage since 1970, according to the USDA), which had already dropped 13% from 2015. If you're planning on planting wheat, keeping your inputs low is most likely a main focus of your program, so check out the newsletter and other resources.

Oct 6, 2016

Bt Technology Online Seminar

Dr. David Kerns has published this excellent seminar (spoken plus powerpoint) on the current status of Bt technologies in cotton. He goes into great detail on the history and developement of Bt toxins, how they work and are expressed in the plant, and the development of resistance in target insects. The real focus if the talk is an analysis of the costs and benefits to spraying Bt crops, as well as related thresholds. In times of low prices, saving a few dollars an acre by preventing a pyrethroid spray, which would also disrupt beneficials could be vital.

The seminar is less than an hour long and packed with trial data that you may find interesting.