• Irrigation scheduling on small grains using AZSCHED for Windows - Safford Agricultural Center, 2003

      Clark, Lee J.; Ellsworth, Keller F.; Ottman, Michael J. (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2003-09)
      The AZSCHED irrigation scheduling software was developed in the early 1990's to be used in a DOS environment on computers (1). Since it’s development it has been extensively used for irrigation scheduling on the Safford Agricultural Center. Changes in computer systems from DOS to Windows has made it imperative that a new Windows version of AZSCHED be developed. That version has been developed and is now in use at our location (2). This report covers the use of this software in scheduling irrigation for barley and wheat.
    • Preharvest control of broadleaf weeds in wheat

      Tickes, Barry; Ottman, Michael J. (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2003-09)
      Nine herbicide treatments were evaluated for the control of mature nettleleaf goosefoot in durum wheat that was ten days from harvest. The only effective treatments were combinations of Glyphosate (Roundup Ultra Max and Touchdown) and Paraquat (Gramoxone). Applications of Aim, Gramoxone, and Glyphosate alone were ineffective.
    • Small Grains Variety Evaluation at Arizona City, Maricopa, and Yuma, 2003

      Ottman, Michael J.; Ottman, Michael J. (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2003-09)
      Small grain varieties are evaluated each year by University of Arizona personnel. The purpose of these tests is to characterize varieties in terms of yield and other attributes. Variety performance varies greatly from year to year and several site-years are necessary to adequately characterize the yield potential of a variety. A summary of small grain variety trials conducted by the University of Arizona can be found online at http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/crops/az1265.pdf.
    • Spider mite management in spring alfalfa utilizing swather applied treatments, 2003

      Rethwisch, Michael D.; Grudovich, Jessica; Ottman, Michael J. (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2003-09)
      An experiment was initiated utilizing a swather based sprayer to determine if miticides applied at cutting would be an effective control method of spider mites in low desert alfalfa hay. Two treatments (Trilogy, Trilogy + Kinetic) were applied the morning of May 23, 2003, to alfalfa with very high numbers of spider mites. Treatments had five replications, with plots sampled on June 2, 9 and 18. Data indicated a severe reduction in spider mite numbers as of June 2 in all treatments (including untreated) thought due to high temperatures experienced shortly after cutting that exceeded lethal thresholds for spider mite survival. Differences in treatments for spider mites or western flower thrips were not noted until June 18, when significantly fewer spider mites were noted in Trilogy treated plots than untreated check plots. Trilogy + Kinetic treatments resulted in numerically fewer spider mites than the untreated check on this sample date, but numerically more than Trilogy treatment.
    • Wheat response to pre-plant phosphorus at Safford Agricultural Center, 2001-03

      Clark, Lee J.; Ellsworth, Keller F.; Ottman, Michael J. (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2003-09)
      The 2003 study was a follow up of the 2001 and 2002 studies, but the major differences were the selection of a high quality durum wheat with values significantly higher that those seen in the previous two studies and the untreated check was eliminated and a higher level of phosphorous was applied. Treatments applied were 100, 200, 400 and 600 pounds of 16-20-0 planted with the seed through the grain drill. Phosphorus applied at planting improved yields with increasing application rates. In this study, the highest rate of application of phosphorus produced the highest profit.