Agronomy eUpdate May 15th, 2020

Issue 799

Sorghum management considerations: Planting practices

The most critical planting practices affecting yields in sorghum are: row spacing, row arrangement, seeding rate/plant population, planting date, and hybrid maturity. Read more about the best sorghum planting practices from Cropping Specialist Ignacio Ciampitti.

planting grain sorghum seeding rate row spacing hybrid selection 

Assessing and managing freeze-damaged alfalfa

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?

alfalfa freeze injury 

Wheat disease update for Kansas - May 15, 2020

Stripe rust has been reported in multiple locations across Kansas in recent weeks. More recently, it has been seen in the upper canopy. For a complete wheat disease update, see this article from Extension Plant Pathology.

wheat disease stripe rust loose smut wheat streak mosaic 

Soil temperatures continue a roller coaster pattern in early May

Soil temperatures continue to take a roller coaster ride heading into mid-May. Extension Agronomy has been continually monitoring both soil and air temperatures this spring. Read this latest update here.

corn soil temperature chilling injury 

World of Weeds: Palmer amaranth

The next World of Weeds article is here and features a familiar and frustrating weed for Kansas farmers - Palmer amaranth. Learn about its ecology and growth pattern from Extension Weed Science specialist, Sarah Lancaster.

World of Weeds palmer amaranth 

Make plans to attend the K-State Virtual Wheat Field Day, May 27-28

K-State Research and Extension will host a two-part wheat field day live on YouTube to update growers and others on the most recent crop advances and challenges while keeping producers safe from COVID-19. Learn more in this article!

wheat Field Day virtual