Source: Texas AgriLife
Wenwei Xu, Ph.D., cannot pinpoint a gene that allows drought resistance or water efficiency in corn, but he is definitely drawing nearer to providing producers with corn exhibiting those traits.
"We will be running out of water at some point, so we need to find water-efficient or drought-tolerant corn hybrids, plus management technology to reduce the amount of water required to produce corn," Xu, a Texas AgriLife Research corn breeder from Lubbock, said during the recent Texas North Plains Corn Irrigation Research and Extension Field Day near Etter.
The AgriLife Research plots at the North Plains Research Station near Etter are among the three primary test locations established by Xu. The other two are at Halfway and Lubbock.
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