The Extension Agronomy program at Corpus Christi seeks to help maximize crop yields and grower profitability in south Texas, while also ensuring long-term sustainability by increasing the efficiency of inputs and conserving natural resources. Applied research focuses include variety/hybrid testing of various crops, weed management, nutrient management, and precision agriculture.
Crop Variety Testing
Variety selection remains one of the single most important decisions producers make during the season. Unlike other crop management decisions that can be modified over the course of the season, variety selection is a one-time decision that dictates the yield potential and management of the field for the entire season. Every year, we implement on-farm variety trials across the Texas Coastal Bend and Lower Rio Grande Valley to provide producers with up-to-date and unbiased performance data to assist in this decision.
Variety trial results: Cotton, Grain Sorghum, Corn, Small Grains, and Other Crops
The evolution and spread of herbicide-resistant weeds have resulted in drastic and costly changes in crop management in south Texas. To minimize the impacts on producers in this region, we seek to identify strategies which effectively and sustainably manage current herbicide-resistant weed issues and minimize the risk for the evolution of new resistant cases.