2015 Texas Wheat Variety “Picks” for Grain
Continuing a long-time High Plains practice, Texas A&M AgriLife has extended our wheat “Picks” suggestions for Texas wheat producers across the state. Texas A&M AgriLife’s sister agencies for Research and Extension collaborate by region across the state to conduct extensive wheat variety testing in both research settings and on-farm sites.
Texas A&M AgriLife Small Grains and Oilseeds Extension Program
The Small Grains and Oilseeds Extension Program facilitates networking and communication among producers, industry, and faculty. Our applied research and extension efforts focus on developing and disseminating current information and recommendations to small grain and oilseed producers across the state of Texas in order to promote environmentally and economically sound agronomic practices. Timely distribution of this knowledge gives producers the tools they need to make informed decisions for their farming enterprises. Current efforts are focused mainly on wheat, barley, oats, small grains forage, canola and soybeans.
Uniform Variety Trials (UVT) for Wheat
One of the primary responsibilities of the Small Grains and Oilseeds Extension Program is to coordinate the statewide Uniform Variety Trials (UVT) for wheat. With this important information, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension personnel are able to create a “Top Picks List” for each major wheat growing region in the state. Varieties included on this list are based on yield data from four years and multiple locations across each region, which gives a very reliable and robust dataset. Top Picks varieties generally yield 2-8 bu/a more grain compared to the most common varieties currently planted.
Other Agronomic Trials
In addition to variety trials, our program conducts a number of other agronomic trials including, but not limited to planting dates, planting rates, fungicide products, insecticide products, herbicide products, crop rotation, and fertility work. Most of this information can be found on the Texas A&M University Variety Testing Website: http://varietytesting.tamu.edu/wheat.