Kansas wheat planting begins, corn harvest continues
Kansas farmers have started planting their winter wheat crop at the same time the state's corn harvest has barely begun.
Getting ready for winter canola
The yellow flowering fields in Kansas during the springtime showcase one of the state’s most beautiful crops — canola. The crop is not only pleasing to the eye, but its seeds produce oil that has many human health benefits and meal that is used as a protein supplement for livestock. The oil can also be used for making biodiesel.
Better forage conditions in many drought conditions
I have had the opportunity to travel nearly 4000 miles in the month of August over a good deal of the drought areas of the Southern Plains and western Great Plains. In one trip I traveled across the Texas Panhandle and made a loop covering much of central and eastern New Mexico.
KSU students help reduce nitrate levels in Kansas soil
Kansas State University students are helping protect the environment and reduce public health risks.
Students across academic disciplines will monitor a two-acre site in Sylvan Grove in north central Kansas after former students cleaned nitrate contamination from soil and groundwater.
Controlling volunteer wheat to protect crop
The recent wet weather through much of Kansas has caused volunteer wheat to emerge and grow rapidly, said Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist. Wet soil conditions may keep producers out of the fields for an extended period, or result in multiple flushes emerging, making it even more difficult than usual to control the volunteer.
To spray or not to spray, that is the question
Even though I grew up in Southeast Kansas, and have recently moved back, I have to admit that the weather has not seemed too familiar.
USDA predicts bin-busting corn and soybean yields
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Aug. 12, predicted the nation's largest corn crop in history and the third largest soybean crop — a stark contrast from a year ago when crops were devastated by drought.
Disease possibilities in crops increase with rain
Recent rains have created conditions conducive to disease development on corn and soybeans according to Jill Scheidt, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Barton County.
Wet spring takes toll on corn crop
A year after a historic drought punished crops, farmers faced a new threat to production in 2013 — A cold, wet spring that delayed planting across the Midwest. But Farm Futures' first survey of 2013 production still shows potential for record corn and soybean crops this fall.
Time to start thinking about wheat planting
Wheat planting time will be here before we know it. I’m sure that for many producers there are lots of things to do prior to wheat planting. However, while we are waiting for things to dry out a bit so we can get back into the fields, it might be wise to at least spend a little time making plans for the 2014 wheat crop.
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