TTU researchers seek solutions to water, crop issues
While relentless drought and dwindling water supplies take a toll on West Texas crops, Texas Tech University professors have been fastidiously toiling away behind the scenes to find urgent solutions. Since gaining a foothold in fall 2021, drought has decimated Texas cotton crops. The Associated Press reported that 2022 losses could exceed $1 billion, and the economic fallout goes well beyond Lubbock-area producers’ pocketbooks. Cotton-related businesses such as cotton gins, downstream suppliers and untold consumers bank on healthy yields. “One thing is for sure, water conservation is a top priority. Moving forward, there is no other alternative for us,” said Professor Krishna Jagadish, Thornton Distinguished Chair of Plant & Soil Science at TTU and coordinator of the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC).