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AgriLife Research Study: Winter Wheat Feasible Cover Crop for Rolling Plains Cotton

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Interest in using cover crops to improve soil health continues to grow in the Texas Rolling Plains region, but the nagging concern of reductions in soil moisture and effects on yields of subsequent cash crops still exists.

Interest in using cover crops to improve soil health continues to grow in the Texas Rolling Plains region, but the nagging concern of reductions in soil moisture and effects on yields of subsequent cash crops still exists.

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research-led team is releasing the results of a recent simulation study that builds on field research in the December issue of Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, or ASABE, journal.

The paper, Simulated Effects of Winter Wheat Cover Crops on Cotton Production Systems of the Texas Rolling Plains, is part of the “Crop Modeling and Decision Support for Optimizing Use of Limited Water” collection by the Natural Resources and Environmental Systems Community of ASABE at http://bit.ly/2izRZBY.

The study proved winter wheat is a feasible cover crop for Rolling Plains cotton production, said Dr. Srinivasulu Ale, AgriLife Research geospatial hydrologist at Vernon.

Read more at Texas A&M Agrilife Communications

Image: Winter wheat is feasible cover crop for Rolling Plains cotton. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Dr. Paul DeLaune)