Producers should pay close attention to the growth stage of their wheat before making spring herbicide applications. Some herbicides must be applied after tillering, several must be applied before jointing, and others can be applied through boot stage. The earliest practical and labelled applications generally result in the best weed control.
Winter wheat is beginning to break dormancy, and the Kansas Mesonet has a tool to help track crop development. This tool provides the propability of first hollow stem occurrence for wheat varieties in Kansas. This is important for dual-purpose wheat growers because it is the optimal time for grazing termination to maximize forage yield while minimizing grain yield losses.
The results of the 2022 Kansas Performance Tests for warm-season annual forage varieties are available online. The objectives of these variety trials are to evaluate the performance of released and experimental varieties, determine where these varieties are best adapted, and increase the visibility of summer annual forages in Kansas.
The K-State Research and Extension publication Foliar Fungicide Efficacy for Wheat Disease Management has been updated for 2023. The recommendations in this publication reflect several years of head-to-head comparisons of products in Kansas and many other wheat producing states.
From a meteorology perspective, winter officially ended on February 28. This article takes a closer look at the precipitation totals across Kansas for the last three months. Some areas experienced above-normal precipitation while others areas are still in exceptional drought.
The February Ag-Climate Update includes a brief weather summary, agronomic impacts, relevant maps and graphs, 1-month temperature and precipitation outlooks, monthly extremes, and notable highlights. Check it out!