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Regenerative ag to be showcased at Lamesa field dayRegenerative ag to be showcased at Lamesa field day

Field day to provide producers the opportunity to see semi-arid regenerative agriculture field trials and learn more about the agronomics and economics of regenerative cropping systems.

Shelley E. Huguley

September 25, 2023

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Regenerative Agriculture Field Day to be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, Lamesa. Shelley E. Huguley

Cover crop termination timing, greenhouse gas emissions, along with soil health management and carbon sequestration, will headline the Regenerative Agriculture Field Day in Lamesa this Wednesday, September 27.

“Producers will have the opportunity to see semi-arid regenerative agriculture in action,” said Agronomic Scientist Joseph Burke, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension cropping systems agronomy and weed science.

Specialists will discuss various cropping systems and field trials, as well as the highs and lows of those systems and tools producers can utilize on their farms. “The research trials were specifically designed to address concerns brought up at local meetings and include cover crop termination timing, pest management in conservation systems, carbon storage potential in semi-arid climates, and economics of conservation agriculture."

The field day will include agronomics and economics. “Coupled with a federal grant from the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Regenerative Agriculture Field Day will share resources from 29 investigators at seven West Texas and Oklahoma institutions. The combined knowledge of those presenters will provide a holistic understanding of conservation agriculture in semi-arid cropping systems.”

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The field day, which will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and include a free lunch and 3 continuing education units, will provide information from the following specialists:

  • Joseph Burke, assistant professor of Cropping System Agronomy, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension

  • Katie Lewis, associate professor of Soil Chemistry and Fertility, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

  • Wayne Keeling, professor (retired) of Cropping System Agronomy, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

  • Terry Wheeler, professor of Plant Pathology, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

  • Paul DeLaune, professor of Environmental Soil Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

  • Gurjinder Baath, assistant professor of Digital Agriculture, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

  • Suhas Vyavhare, associate professor and Extension entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

  • Brandt Underwood, conservation agronomist, USDA-NRCS

  • Will Keeling, Extension risk management specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

  • Chris Cobos, senior research associate and Ph.D. student, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

  • Nick Boogades, Ph.D. student, Texas Tech University

The field day will take place at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research AG-CARES facility, 1520 US-87, Lamesa. For more information or to register, contact Burke.

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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