Large plot cotton replicated trials located on producer-cooperators will be showcased by Extension Educators at various tours over the next couple of weeks. These Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation (RACE) trials, looking at varieties, weed control, cotton maturity, harvest aids, harvesting, etc. will be discussed. Speakers at the tours are all from the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Altus and will include Dr. Randy Boman, Research Director and Cotton Extension Program Leader, Mr. Shane Osborn, Extension Cotton Specialist, and Mr. Jerry Goodson, Extension Assistant for Entomology and IPM. Locations, times, and contact information for the various area tours are listed below:
Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m. ,Carnegie Farmers Co-op Gin Fall Cotton Harvest Tour; large-plot center-pivot irrigated Cotton Incorporated Enhanced Variety Trial; located at Merlin Schantz’s Barn, 2 miles north of Hydro on Highway 58, 1 mile west, then ½ mile north. Contact David Nowlin, Caddo County Extension Educator at 405-247-3376 or Jeannie Hileman at the Carnegie Co-op Gin at 580-654-1142 for more information. Sept. 25, 9 a.m., Washita County no-till dryland RACE trial; located on the Danny Davis Farm, near Elk City/Canute, at the corner of 2050NS and 1130EW in Washita County. Directions are as follows: From Highway 152, road 2050NS is paved all the way to the plots at the intersection of 1130EW. From I-40, exit at Exit 41, Elk City’s eastern exit, travel east along the north service road for 2 miles to 2050NS, cross the bridge over I-40 continuing south 3 miles to 1130EW (Note: Roads are all paved). Contact Glenn Detweiler, Washita County Extension Educator, at 580-832-3356 for more information.
Sept. 25, 11 a.m., Beckham County Center Pivot Irrigated Race Trial Tour; The tour group at the Danny Davis Farm will depart and travel to the Beckham County center pivot irrigated no-till trial on the Jack Damron Farm. The Site is located 3 miles west of Delhi and then 1 mile north. Contact Greg Hartman, Beckham County Extension Educator, at 580-928-2139 for more information. September 26, 2 p.m. Jackson County furrow irrigated RACE trial; located on the Drew Darby Farm, 3 miles west of 34/62 Intersection, 1 mile south and on the east side of road. Contact Gary Strickland, Jackson County Extension Educator, at 580-482-0823.
Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m.; Harmon County large-plot subsurface drip irrigated Cotton Incorporated Enhanced Variety Trial; located on the Tony Cox Farm 3 miles west of intersection of 30/62 in Hollis, then ¼ mile south on N 1680 Rd. Contact Lawrence Tomah, Harmon County Extension Educator, at 580-688-3584.
All area agriculture producers are invited to attend any of the above tours.