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.
DuPont, National Corn Growers launch program
DuPont and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced a new program recently to develop corn farmers for agricultural leadership opportunities.
Fall-planted cover crops can become weeds to farmers at spring planting
New weeds were found in farm fields this spring. As producers rushed to plant their corn and soybean crops, cover crops planted last fall to provide erosion control were in the way.
Researchers discover genes resistant to soybean pathogen
Purdue University researchers have identified two genes within the soybean genome that are highly resistant to a soilborne pathogen that causes Phytophthora root and stem rot, a disease that costs U.S. soybean growers more than $250 million annually in lost yield.
Seeding forages into wheat stubble
Wheat stubble can be an excellent seedbed to plant forages into using no-till. To be successful, though, may take some advance preparation.
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