Agronomy eUpdate March 27th, 2020

Issue 792

K-State's Soil Testing Lab and Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab are OPEN!

Both the KSU Soil Testing Laboratory and the Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory are open and accepting samples from producers and homeowners. Submission of samples has been modified due to new distancing guidelines. Please read about these changes in this article.

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Optimal corn seeding rate recommendations

Optimal corn seeding rates can depend on a number of different factors. K-State's Crop Production Specialist, Dr. Ciampitti, discusses those factors and offers guidelines for producers as corn planting time draws closer.

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Outlook for stripe rust in the 2020 Kansas wheat crop

As spring weather continues, disease management decisions will need to be made by Kansas wheat growers. K-State wheat pathologist, Dr. Erick DeWolf discusses the outlook for stripe rust in the 2020 Kansas wheat crop.

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First hollow stem update: March 26, 2020

As of March 26, all 28 wheat varieties had reached first hollow stem. Producers are advised to closely monitor their wheat pastures if they are being grazed. Read more in this article from the KSU Wheat group.

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Army cutworm and pea aphid activity in wheat and alfalfa fields

There are reports of insect activity in wheat and alfalfa fields in parts of Kansas. Army cutworms have become more noticeable. Also, pea aphids are showing up in alfalfa fields.

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Spring 2020 flood outlook for Kansas

The National Weather Service has issued a spring flood outlook for the U.S. Flood risk depends on several things, but two primary factors are antecedent soil moisture conditions and rainfall rates.What is the outlook for Kansas in 2020?

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