Agriculture in West Tennessee is composed of various row-crop commodities. Cotton, soybeans, corn, grain sorghum and wheat are the major crops grown. The contribution of row-crop agriculture to the West Tennessee economy is significant. Therefore, it is appropriate for Ames Plantation, as a Research and Education Center for the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station system with the University of Tennessee, to evaluate various varieties within the major row-crop commodities grown in the southwestern corner of the state for area producers.
Ames Plantation maintains the grounds and administrative support for the National Championship for field trialing bird dogs, therefore, it must also manage the acreage for the best possible habitat for quail. Interspersing grain crops throughout the field trial grounds is vital to quail propagation and gives the Plantation the opportunity to evaluate different varieties of commodity crops. Row-crops are planted on other areas of the Plantation where multiple objectives are achieved. The Plantation plants approximately 850 acres of soybeans, 700 acres of corn, 200 acres of cotton, 200 acres of wheat and 70 acres of grain sorghum. All row-crop agriculture on Ames Plantation is dry-land farming, due to the arrangement and nature of the fields which makes irrigation impracticle . Income derived from these commodities is used to fund research, pay labor and maintain the infrastructure on the Plantation.
Scientists from UT and other research institutions implement an array of research projects to evaluate major row-crop commodities and their viability on Ames Plantation in southwest Tennessee for the Mid-South. For additional information on field crop variety evaluations go tohttp://www.utextension.utk.edu/fieldCrops.