Agronomy eUpdate May 24th, 2024

Issue 1005

Possible causes for white heads in wheat

White heads have been appearing in many wheat fields around Kansas. Sometimes, they are just single tillers scattered throughout part or all of a field, and sometimes, they occur in small-to-large patches. There are many causes of white heads. Here are some of the most common causes and their diagnoses.

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Considerations when harvesting short wheat

In many areas of Kansas, prolonged drought has resulted in short wheat and thin stands. Harvesting wheat in these situations can be a challenge. Special attention needs to be given to cutting height, machine adjustments, and operator control. Although this will be a rough wheat harvest for many farmers, some changes can help maximize harvest efficiencies.

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Soybean response to standing water and saturated soils

Soybean planting is well underway in Kansas. Heavy rainfall has occurred in many locations across the eastern half of Kansas, with some fields underwater and others with completely saturated soil. In this article, learn more about the potential impacts of standing water on newly planted or emerged soybeans.

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Effect of standing water and saturated soils on corn growth

Standing water or saturated soil conditions in areas of a field can impact corn now or later. Periods of early-season water saturation can cause immediate problems for small corn plants and have season-long implications. This article discusses the potential impacts and complicating factors when corn fields are subjected to standing water.

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Corn rootworm egg hatch has begun in Kansas

Corn rootworm degree day accumulation for the northern half of Kansas is ahead of the same time last year, and egg hatching should begin in one to two weeks in most locations. Southern portions of Kansas are just slightly behind last year. Evaluating corn roots for rootworm damage during the growing season is highly recommended.

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World of Weeds - Field bindweed

Field bindweed is a perennial vine in the morning glory family that infests millions of acres in the Great Plains. This weed significantly reduces crop yield and quality, reduces land value, interferes with harvest by entangling crop plants, and increases production costs associated with control practices.

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2024 Kansas Wheat Plot Tours - Updated Schedule

The 2024 K-State Wheat Plot Tours are winding down. There are still some upcoming tours left on the schedule. Make plans to attend one near you and learn about the newest available and upcoming wheat varieties, their agronomics, and disease reactions.

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K-State TAPS Technology Field Day - June 20 in Colby

The K-State Testing Ag Performance Solutions (TAPS) program invites TAPS contestants, agricultural industry partners, and anyone interested in sustainable and efficient irrigation technology to attend the TAPS Technology Field Day on June 20 in Colby, KS.

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