For the past 10 years (1998-2007), Panhandle AgriPartners has provided a direct link to producers for disseminating and demonstrating improved technology and practices. The results were effective technology transfer of improved irrigation technology, crop water management, pest control, and agronomic practices that favorably impacted yield, economics, and water conservation for Panhandle Producers. Due to the retirement of key personnel, this Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program was ended January 15, 2008.
During the 10-year life span of the program, Farm Demonstration Assistants with Panhandle AgriPartners, in cooperation with Extension Agents, Specialists, and university researchers conducted approximately 650 irrigation, water management and crop production field demonstrations with nine crops on more than 71,000 acres with 450 cooperating growers in all counties of the Panhandle. They also participated in collecting samples and data for a number of projects, including Panhandle-wide wheat Virus Sampling, Food Security Act Survey for Wheat Rust, potential for cotton seedling diseases, corn smut and aflatoxin studies, green bug insecticide resistance survey, and participated in a water meter project with Underground Water districts.
Demonstration results are posted on this website for 2007 and several prior years. Ten year summaries for the AgriPartners program and for each crop are also posted.
Irrigation demonstration results are the basis for irrigation demand from Ogallala Groundwater in Region A’s Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 2 water plans.
Support for the Panhandle AgriPartners Programs was provided by:
- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service,
- Texas A&M AgriLife Research,
- Texas Water Development Board,
- Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District,
- Texas Wheat Producers Board,
- Texas Corn Producers Board,
- the Texas State Support Committee of Cotton Incorporated,
- Texas Soybean Board,
- Texas Peanut Producers Board, and
- Texas Grain Sorghum Board.
We appreciate the support of these organizations and the cooperation of the hundreds of dedicated and progressive Panhandle Producers.