Find out what insects are still buzzing around crop fields in Kansas in this article from K-State Extension Entomology.
The weather during the period of December 16, 2019 to January 17, 2020 brought some much needed moisture to the Kansas wheat crop, with some areas seeing a considerable amount of ice and snow. What, if any, impact did these weather events have on the Kansas wheat and alfalfa crops?
Significant populations of army cutworm larvae have been reported in Kansas. Producers should begin scouting their wheat, alfalfa, and winter canola fields. More information on scouting and treatment thresholds are in this article from Extension Entomology.
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.
Alfalfa weevils have started feeding in fields in north central Kansas. Does this activity warrant treatment yet? Army cutworm larvae are still active as well. How much longer will they continue their feeding?
Alfalfa fields in portions of Kansas are showing the effects of freezing temperatures over that last few weeks. What should farmers look for when assessing their alfalfa stands for damage? What are the best management options?
Correcting acidic soil conditions through the application of lime can have a significant impact on crop yields, especially for alfalfa. Liming is one of the most essential, but often overlooked, management decisions a producer can make for alfalfa production.
Alfalfa is a very important leguminous crop for the livestock industry in Kansas. Late summer and early fall are often the best times to plant alfalfa in Kansas due to less weed pressure than spring planting.
Alfalfa will stop growing after the first hard freeze. The timing of the last two cuttings impacts the winter survival and influences stand productivity the following year.
Correcting acidic soil conditions through the application of lime can have a significant impact on crop yields, especially for alfalfa. Learn how to determine if lime is needed, the optimum rates and application method, proper timing, and sources in this article.
Worm activity has been elevated for a large portion of Kansas for the last three weeks. A combination of fall armyworms, armyworms, and alfalfa caterpillars have been feeding in alfalfa fields. Learn what options are available for control in this article.
Kansas has 568,324 acres of alfalfa, which is a very important leguminous crop for dairy and livestock industry in the state. Late summer and early fall are often the best times to plant alfalfa in Kansas. When sowing alfalfa, there are several recommendations to help establish a healthy stand.
Alfalfa will quit growing after the first hard freeze, which can be as early as October 1 or as late as November 1. The decision should be weather-based at this time of the year because the timing of the last two cuttings impacts the winter survival and productivity of the stand in the following year.
Kansans, particularly those that farm or tend their lawns, might end up remembering 2021 as the "Year of the Worm". Here is the latest fall worms update from Extension Entomology.
Alfalfa weevil larvae continue to be very active in Kansas. Larvae started hatching about 3 weeks ago, and are still doing so even in treated fields. Scout your fields!