Pre-emergence herbicides with residual activity are used less frequently in wheat production compared to other cropping systems in Kansas. However, residual herbicides applied prior to wheat emergence can be part of a good weed management system in wheat production.
Drought-stressed crops such as corn and sorghum tend to accumulate high levels of nitrate in the lower leaves and stalk of the plant. It is wise for producers to test their drought-stricken forage prior to harvest.
Integration of cover crops into no-till crop production has been recommended to regenerate soils degraded after many years of conventionally tilled, low-intensity cropping systems. A recent study investigated cover crop grazing impacts on residue return and key soil properties in west central Kansas.
The sugarcane aphid has been reported in three counties in Kansas. Grain sorghum producers in Kansas should be scouting on a routine basis, especially late-planted fields. Early detection is key, but treatments should be based on established thresholds.
Kansas State University research scientists and extension specialists will host a field day event on Tuesday, August 24, to discuss and demonstrate cover crop management options for soil health and water quality benefits in livestock operations.
The Flickner Innovation Farm in Moundridge will host a field day event on Tuesday, August 31, highlighting current work by local producers, industry members, and K-State researchers to conserve water use while improving water quality and soil health.
The Department of Agronomy at K-State, in conjunction with Kansas Corn, is hosting a Soil Health Field Day on September 2 at Knopf Farms near Gypsum, Kansas. All the details about the program and how to register are in this article.