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Crop demonstration results

Oct. 12, 2010 at 5:12 a.m.

By Joe Janak, Jr.

Farmers are continually trying to advance technology-wise. Selecting the top yielding varieties in standardized replicated trials provides them with sound data to make decisions.

Having said that, the results are in for the 2010 grain sorghum, corn and soybean variety demonstrations conducted in Victoria County.

Keith Johnson, farmer and chairman of the Victoria County Extension Crops Committee planted the county grain sorghum hybrid demonstration on March 2.

Much of the grain sorghum in the county was plagued with excess rainfall and sprouting damage. Due to the later planting date of this demonstration, grain sprouting was less than other area fields.

Yields were very good within the demonstration. See Table 1.

Due to the accuracy in our replicated demonstrations, results in a column followed by the same letter are not significantly different.

Keith also had the soybean variety demonstration with 31 soybean varieties planted on three different dates - March 29, April 12 and April 26. Planting on three different dates allows farmers to evaluate the varieties over a varied planting time, which farmers are typically faced with.

Like grain sorghum, soybean yields were quite good. See Table 2.

The corn yields were very good in most parts of the county. Brian Adamek's planting of the top 10 corn hybrids proved good too. Yield ranged from 104 - 125 bushels per acre. See Table 3.

The cotton variety demonstration planted by Justin Leita also had a good yield. Data is not available numbers are still be generated concerning lint quality and price.

Various other crop demonstrations are also still being put together and will be available as soon as possible but the variety results available should allow farmers to review the data and make seed booking decisions for the next season.

Additional area and regional demonstration data is also available at the extension office.

GARDEN TOUR THIS WEEKEND

This Saturday and Sunday is the Victoria Garden Tour: Nature's Beauty Beyond the Gate. Presented by Victoria Newscenter 25 and co-sponsored by The Victoria Advocate, this event features five local home garden sites, a highlighted plant sale of selected featured plants, and a special night tour of one of the gardens.

Gardens on tour this year are owned by Don and Ruth Anderson, 210 Bramble Bush Lane; Mike Zeplin and John Ramos, 1207 Salem Road; David and Sherri Janssen, 401 Woodlands St.; Ray and Lisa Bridges, 115 Bloomingdale Circle; and Larry and Karen Tucker, 204 Cimarron St..

The tour is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The highlighted plant sale is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 210 Bramble Bush Lane, and the elegant, lighted night tour is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at 1207 Salem Road.

Admission to all five gardens is $15, or $5 per garden, plus $5 for the night tour. Purchase tickets at Devereux Gardens, 1313 N. Navarro St.; Earthworks, 102 E. Airline Road; Four Seasons Garden Center, 1209 E. Salem Road; or Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Victoria County, 442 Foster Field Drive near the airport, or at each home.

FARM SHOW DINNER TICKETS

Mark your calendar for the South Texas Farm and Ranch Show on Oct. 27- 28 at the Victoria Community Center.

Farmers and ranchers can choose from 14 hours of TDA CEU's and 19.5 hours of CCA CEU's credit. Over 125 exhibits are scheduled for the two day show, which is free to attend with free parking.

Luncheon tickets must be purchased from the Victoria County Extension office by Monday, Oct. 25, and are either $7 or $10. Go to: http://southtexasfarmandranchshow.com to see a show schedule.

Joe Janak is a Victoria County extension agent.


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