Agronomy eUpdate September 11th, 2020

Issue 818

Planting wheat too early can lead to several problems

Early sowing of wheat can lead to several problems, from increased chances of insect- or mite-transmitted viral diseases to decreased emergence.Optimum wheat planting dates in Kansas depend on location within the state.

wheat planting optimum planting dates 

Wheat planting - Seed treatments are strongly encouraged this season

Seed treatments are strongly advised for wheat seed that is being saved from previous seasons. The 2020 harvest saw higher than normal levels of common bunt and loose smut in Kansas.

wheat fungicide seed treatment 

Wheat planting - Tips for good stand establishment

There are several steps that wheat producers can take to help improve their chances of achieving good wheat stands. Read more in this article from wheat specialist, Dr. Romulo Lollato.

wheat planting stand establishment 

Corn production issues - Droopy ears

There have been reports of "droopy" ears in some corn fields across parts of Kansas. What factors led to this issue and what is the potential impact to final yield in those fields?

corn droopy ears 

Effect of low temperatures on summer row crops

Extreme low temperatures were recorded in western Kansas this week. What are the potential impacts to corn, soybean, and grain sorghum in that part of the state moving forward?

freezing temperatures crop development 

Grain sorghum yield potential: Understanding the main yield components

To make the best estimate of the yield potential of grain sorghum, you need to understand the main yield-driving factors. What are the primary components that influence grain sorghum yield?

grain sorghum yield potential 

Grain sorghum yield potential: An on-farm calculation

Estimating crop yields before harvest can be difficult. For sorghum, yield estimates can be calculated 3 to 4 weeks after flowering. However the final seed number and seed weight can still change. Estimates are more accurate the closer to harvest.

grain sorghum yield potential 

Updated cover crop selection tool now available for Midwest farmers

An updated cover crop selection tool is available for farmers in Kansas and across the Midwest. This tool can help farmers choose the best cover crop variety for their specific goals and production system.

cover crops variety selection 

Ag-Climate Update for August 2020

The month of August was dry for all divisions across Kansas. The lack of moisture had negative impacts on dryland corn. Read more about the August weather impacts in the latest Ag-Climate Update.

weather Climate 

2021 soybean planting intentions survey - Producer input requested

What are your 2021 planting intentions for soybeans? Do you have 5 minutes to complete a survey to help guide fall and winter extension programming? If so, please complete this survey!

soybeans survey