Agronomy eUpdate April 29th, 2021

Issue 852

Soil temperature and forecast are critical for successful cotton stand establishment

Cotton producers in Kansas are nearing planting time. However, it's best to look at soil temperatures at the planting depth and the upcoming forecast rather than the calendar date. Seed germination and early growth is highly dependent on adequate soil temperatures and moisture.

cotton soil temperature stand establishment 

Stripe rust distribution and risk assessment - April 29, 2021

The wheat crop is moving into the flag leaf stage in central Kansas and heading in the southern counties. Now is a critical time to assess the need for a foliar fungicide application. Scouting is a critical first step for stripe rust control. Learn more in this article from K-State wheat pathologists.

wheat stripe rust foliar fungicides foliar diseases 

Soybean seeding rates and optimum plant populations

The optimum seeding rate is one of the most influential factors for increasing soybean profitability as seed cost is one of the most expensive inputs. Yield potential for each environment should be consider when deciding soybean seeding rates.

soybeans seeding rate plant population 

Effect of row spacing on soybean yield

There are still some questions about row spacing for soybean production. Some benefits of narrow rows include improved weed control and reduced erosion. Do narrow rows improve yield? What effect does the yield environment have on the yield response to narrow rows? Find out more in this article.

soybeans yield potential row spacing 

Learn the facts about lightning and how to stay safe

As summer thunderstorm season approaches, make sure you know the facts about how lightning can travel. Learn the best strategies for keeping safe, including what to do if you are working outside in a remote area with no immediate access to a safe structure.

weather safety extreme weather lightning 

Virtual crop scouting school now available

The 2021 Virtual Crop Scout School is now available and is free to the general public. The scout school consists of 22 webinars from crop protection specialists at eleven Midwest Universities and is offered through the Crop Protection Network.

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