Weather for Lubbock, TX

Saturday, February 25, 2017

2017 Mosquito Workshop in Lubbock - May 4

Vector Management Workshop in Lubbock May 4!

This workshop will be full of information on mosquito identification, biology, control tactics, trap use, surveillance, virus testing, Zika, and mosquito control. 5 Agriculture CEU's are offered and 3 Structural CEU's are offered.

There is no charge for this workshop since funding is through a CDC grant focusing on mosquito management education. If you are outside the Lubbock area, the rest of the locations and more information can be found on the flyer here.

You can register for this FREE workshop here or call Heidi at 254-968-4144.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Short High Plains SCA Management Videos

The Texas A&M Agrilife Entomology group on the Texas High Plains just made 9 short videos that encompass the research and experiences learned from the last few growing seasons. Presenters are Blayne Reed, IPM Agent in Hale, Swisher, and Floyd Counties, Dr. Pat Porter, Extension Entomologist in Lubbock, Dr. Ed Bynum, Extension Entomologist in Amarillo, and myself.

Each video is only a few minutes long and full of great information! The videos present data that are applicable only to the Texas High Plains.

1. Aphid overwintering and seasonal abundance (3:41)
2. Early planting is a good idea (3:40)
3. "Resistant" sorghum hybrids and seed treatments (4:23)
4. First insecticide application threshold (3:03)
5. Insecticide application and product efficacy (8:46)
6. Timing of a second insecticide application (4:15)
7. Rate of damage with uncontrolled aphid populations (4:05)
8. Insecticides to prevent sticky harvest problems (5:56)
9. Aphid effects on stalk quality for grazing (3:43)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cotton Insecticide Performance Trials 2016

Dr. Suhas Vyavhare has just finished putting together the 2016 Cotton Insecticide Performance Trials for the Southern High Plains. It is full of great information on insecticide efficacy trials on thrips, cotton fleahoppers, grasshoppers, and stinkbugs. You can read the report here.

Thanks to Suhas, everyone in District 2 who helped work on these trials, and our cooperating producers!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Southern High Plains RACE Trials Report 2016

Thanks to Dr. Seth Byrd and everyone who worked on the Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation (RACE) trials on the Southern High Plains. This is a great resource as decisions for the 2017 growing season are being made!

You can find the full report here or also at

Monday, February 6, 2017

South Plains Profitability Workshop - Feb 21

A Profitability Workshop will be offered at the Lubbock Texas A&M Agrilife Center February 21 at 9:00am. There will be additional workshops at other locations. The crop spreadsheet budgets that will be used in the workshop will soon be available for 2017. You can download them here starting Feb 10.

The profitability tool is a set of crop spreadsheet budgets tied together in one file to allow quick and easy comparisons of different crops. The primary objective of the workshop is to introduce participants to the budget spreadsheet to compare various alternative crops. Each participant will receive a thumb drive with the budget spreadsheet on it. Feel free to bring your computer if you want to follow the workshop on your own computer.

If you have questions, call Extension Economist Jackie Smith at 806-746-6101. There will be no charge for the workshop and lunch will be provided. Jackie Smith, Jeff Pate, and Will Keeling will be teaching the workshop.