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Cotton and Sorghum Rotation Under Deficit Furrow Irrigation

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Paper number  032134,  2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.14011) @2003
Authors:   Terry A. Howell, Judy A. Tolk, Steven R. Evett, R. Louis Baumardt
Keywords:   climate, cotton, crop production, furrow irrigation, irrigation, rain, sorghum, tillage, water conservation, ields

Cotton and sorghum were grown in rotation in 2001 and 2002 at Bushland, TX on a Pullman clay loam soil under furrow irrigation. Cotton yields were not different between the rotation and continuous cropping systems. Sorghum yield increased 11% in rotation following cotton compared with continuous sorghum. Additional research in seasons with differing climatic patterns will be required before absolute conclusions are developed. The 2002 results definitely indicated an advantage for a rotation of sorghum with cotton. Future research will examine the crop rotation with limited irrigation of sorghum following irrigated cotton.

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