Row-Crop Research Farm
The Row-Crop Research Farm is located approximately five miles north of campus in the small community of Fairlie, TX. The Farm is leased by Cereal Crops Research, Inc. for use by the Department of Agricultural Sciences as well as Texas A&M Agrilife Extension and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The farm’s major uses are education and research.
Education is provided through one of the department’s courses, PLS 420 – Crop Production Practicum. This course provides the student the unique opportunity to plant, manage and harvest a 10-acre wheat or cotton crop. The student learns how to operate farm equipment and machinery, as well as all steps involved in managing a crop. This experience is invaluable because many of the students that enroll in the course are from a non-farm background. Students completing this course are often sought after by agricultural industry employers. Cereal Crops Research, Inc. funds the student’s input and absorbs any financial loss.
Through research, the farm serves the interests of regional farmers and agricultural industry. Data collected from trials on fertilizers, pesticides, and varieties are passed on to the farmers. The results guide farmers as to which products will perform best in this part of the state. This program saves farmers in Northeast Texas time, money, and effort since they can rely on student research and results, rather than testing individual products on their own farms.
For more information, contact:
Jim Swart Russell Sutton
Entomologist Assistant Research Scientist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Amy Braley Scott Stewart
Research Technician Research Technician
Department of Agricultural Sciences Department of Agricultural Sciences
Texas A&M University-Commerce Texas A&M University-Commerce903-886-5373 903-886-5362