The Chillicothe Research Station was established in 1905 to test sorghum introductions. The farm consists of approximately 252 acres in one tract located in southeastern Hardeman County, Texas. Scientists conduct research in dryland, furrow irrigated, pivot irrigated, and subsurface drip irrigated Cropping Systems at Chillicothe, although the station has 2 irrigation wells that have the capability to irrigate a significant number of acres.
Hybrid grain sorghum was first developed at the Chillicothe Station as a result of the early work of J. Roy Quinby and J.C. Stevens. The first commercial scale production to produce grain sorghum hybrids began on the station in 1956. Significant yield increases resulted. A State of Texas Historical Marker located on F.M. 392 near the station entrance commemorates this accomplishment.
Three support staff are headquartered at the Chillicothe Station. The Chillicothe Research Station is a satellite location of the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon.
Hosts sites for hard winter wheat breeding program, wheat variety trials, cotton race variety trials, and other research and demonstrations.
1340 FM 392
Chillicothe, TX 79225
Fax: (940) 852-5060
- Michael Burnett, Farm Foreman
- Roger Beam, Mechanical Maintenance
- John Winter, Maintenance