Farm Talk


  • 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.

    September 5, 2013

  • 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.

    August 27, 2013

  • 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.

    August 27, 2013

  • 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.

    August 20, 2013

  • 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.

    August 20, 2013

  • 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.

    August 20, 2013

  • 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.

    August 13, 2013

  • 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.

    August 8, 2013

  • 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.

    August 8, 2013

  • 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.

    July 30, 2013

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