Evaluating cotton yield potential in the Ogallala Aquifer region
Renewed interest in cotton production in the Ogallala aquifer region can be tied to development of early maturing varieties, and declining water levels in the Ogallala aquifer. However, the feasibility of growing cotton considering thermal characteristics of the region has not been determined. In this study, the heat unit based county-wide exceedance probability curves for potential cotton yield were developed using a long term temperature dataset (1971-2000) and identified counties that have the potential to grow cotton at 1- and 2-year return periods. Out of 131 counties in the study area, 105 ...
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