The lack of recent rainfall across portions of central and western KS has resulted in dry soil near the surface. For wheat that still needs planted, producers have a few options. Learn more about planting wheat into dry soils in this article.
Small grain forages can be a profitable option for producers. They can be planted in the fall and either terminated or grazed out in the early spring, allowing time to plant a summer row crop if soil moisture is adequate.
Immediately following harvest is the best time to sample fields for soybean cyst nematode and start planning for next season. Proper sample collection is important as well as following guidelines for storing and shipping samples to the testing lab.
Atrazine is a key herbicide for corn and sorghum production and fallow systems. An interim decision has been recently been released in response to a routine registration review. Read more about how this may affect Kansas farmers in this article.
XtendFlex soybeans gained approval for use in the U.S. for the 2021 season. XtendFlex soybeans allow over-the-top application of glyphosate, specific dicamba-containing herbicides, and glufosinate (Liberty).
It is important to check corn and sorghum fields for stalk rot diseases prior to harvest. Stalk rot is a stress-related disease. Any stress on a crop can increase both the incidence and severity of stalk rot.