Agronomy eUpdate May 8th, 2020

Issue 798

Drought stress taking its toll on Kansas wheat production in 2020

Wheat fields in various parts of Kansas are showing varying degrees of drought stress depending on the location. Read more about this emerging situation in this article from Romulo Lollato, K-State Wheat Specialist.

wheat Drought 

Forage options for freeze-damaged wheat

Late spring freezes have resulted in some level of damage to a portion of the Kansas wheat crop. Producers must soon decide whether to keep the crop for grain or possibly use it as forage.

forage wheat wheat silage wheat hay 

Reports of stripe rust are increasing across Kansas, although incidence remains low

Scouting efforts from across Kansas have reported several new occurrences of stripe rust this week. So far, incidence has been low. However, producers should continue to scout their fields. Read more in this article from Extension Plant Pathology.

wheat disease stripe rust 

Dry conditions in early May leads to expansion of drought in Kansas

A dry start to May has led to an expansion of drought and abnormally dry conditions in portions of Kansas. Read more from our Kansas Climate Team in this article from Extension Agronomy.


Updated wheat fungicide publication for 2020

The KSRE publication "Foliar Fungicide Efficacy for Wheat Disease Management" has been updated for 2020. Check out this valuable resource when deciding on a fungicide application to wheat.

wheat disease fungicide efficacy 

UPDATE - Soil temperature and cold injury for corn

As a cool front impacts Kansas in early May, keep an eye soil temperatures with respect to planting corn and soybeans. Chilling injury can occur if soil temperatures drop too low.

corn soil temperature chilling injury cold soil 

Soil temperature and forecast are critical for successful cotton stand establishment

Cotton has a great ability to overcome many stresses and produce profitable lint yields when the crop gets off to a good, uniform start. When is the best time to plant cotton in Kansas? Read more in this article!

cotton soil temperature 

Control options for buckbrush, roughleaf dogwood, and smooth sumac

Three common brush species native to Kansas are buckbrush, roughleaf dogwood, and smooth sumac. What are the best options for control of the brush species?

weeds brush control 

Ag-Climate Update for April 2020

The Ag-Climate Update is a joint effort between our climate and extension specialists. Today's article summarizes the month of April 2020.