Ideally wheat plants should have at least 1-2 tillers and 3-5 leaves, as well as a good crown root system development, when going into the winter. However, many Kansas wheat fields were sown relatively late this year, and have faced below-average temperatures, which slowed down crop development.
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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.
Producers are getting ready for fall applications of anhydrous ammonia, however very dry soils in most of Kansas is a concern. Can anhydrous ammonia be effectively applied to dry soils?
Many wheat fields around Kansas emerged later than desired due to extremely dry soil conditions in the fall. What are the expectations for late-emerged wheat and what factors contribute to the expected yield potential for those fields?
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?
Many producers are getting ready for fall anhydrous applications. Some producers are applying anhydrous now to fields that will be planted to wheat. However, very dry soils in many areas of Kansas can be a concern. Applications need to be deep enough to reach some moisture to minimize the risk for loss.
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. Wheat producers have limited options for planting: "dust in" the wheat, plant deeper, or wait for rain. Read more about these options in this article.
As of October 2, the wheat planted acreage in Kansas was 30%, down from this time last year. With dry soils and prolonged drought across much of Kansas, many producers are wondering if waiting for rain is the best option. This article discusses the advantages for waiting for rain or planting into dry soils. Current planting conditions and the upcoming weather forecast are also discussed.