It’s one of those necessary but often unwelcome chores folks have to perform on a regular basis, like renewing your homeowners insurance, hoping you never need it but fearing to do without it—the Texas AgriLife annual “Alternative Crop Options after Failed Cotton and Late-Season Crop Planting for the Texas South Plains.”

Extension agronomists Calvin Trostle and Mark Kelley compiled the comprehensive 24-page guide that includes:

  • Evaluating crop damage and stand reduction in cotton, corn, grain sorghum, and sunflower;
  • Replanting after cotton and late-plant considerations for alternative crops, including herbicide use;
  • “First Things” management guidelines for replant and late-planted crops.  This includes last recommended planting dates for 11 crops, basic agronomics including seeding rates, and contractor contact information.

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Lingering drought has made the annual publication an almost “must read” for West Texas farmers. The full edition is available on the main page at Look for updates as well.