Soils in portions of western and central Kansas have become steadily drier through the late summer and early fall. Topsoil conditions are now very dry in many areas of Kansas. What options are available for producers in these regions with wheat still to plant?
It is important to check sorghum fields for stalk rot diseases prior to harvest. The two most common types of stalk rot in sorghum are charcoal rot and Fusarium stalk rot. Even in fields where lodging is has not yet occurred, producers should be prepared to deal with stalk rot issues.
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Bromegrass is one of the most important cool-season grasses in eastern Kansas. It grows best during cooler weather, primarily March through June and September through November, becoming semi-dormant during the summer months. This year has brought challenges to bromegrass fields in Kansas.
There have been some heavy infestations of fall armyworms in early-planted wheat in central Kansas, with some plantings completely destroyed. Read more about the best options at this point in the season and how to distinguish between fall armyworm and true armyworm in this article.
Three new publications from K-State Research and Extension have been released that each highlight a winter wheat variety developed in Kansas. These varieties, KS Dallas, KS Western Star, and KS Silverado, were released in 2019 and registered/certified seeds have been available since the fall of 2020.
Nominate a deserving Kansas producer or landowner for the 2021 Kansas Bankers Association Conservation Awards Program. In 2020, 197 Kansas producers and landowners were recognized through this program.