Texas cotton growers in the Rolling Plains can benefit from reduced- and no-till farming methods, according to a study conducted by Dr. Paul DeLaune, Texas AgriLife Research environmental soil scientist in Vernon.
“We found that tillage has no impact on yields, the net returns are greater and, because we can deficit irrigate, we can save energy and water,” DeLaune said.
The study investigated the affect of irrigation and transitioning tillage systems on cotton in the Rolling Plains region. The three-year study found that lint yields were not affected by tillage and net returns were significantly higher for no-till farming systems compared with conventional systems due to reduced labor and input costs.
To read more about the study, visit the Texas AgriLife website.