Agronomy eUpdate September 2nd, 2021

Issue 871

Tips for fall planting of alfalfa

Kansas has 568,324 acres of alfalfa, which is a very important leguminous crop for dairy and livestock industry in the state. Late summer and early fall are often the best times to plant alfalfa in Kansas. When sowing alfalfa, there are several recommendations to help establish a healthy stand.

alfalfa forage fall planting 

Cover crop response to herbicides

As September begins, some producers are thinking about seeding winter cover crops in fields currently planted to corn. The successful establishment of winter cover crops is influenced by several factors. This article provides some additional details about cover crop responses to various herbicides.

weed control cover crops herbicide termination herbicide injury 

New research examines tillering impacts on corn yields

Corn tillering is a form of plant adaptation to the growing conditions. Historically, corn tillers have been viewed negatively, although research studies have shown conflicting results about yield impacts. A new study, with sites across KS, has shed some light on the tillering impacts to corn yield.

corn tillering yield impacts 

2021 Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contests

The Kansas Soybean Association is calling all soybean farmers in Kansas to enter their competitive soybean crop into the Kansas Soybean Yield Contest by December 1. The Kansas Soybean Value Contest that analyzes protein, oil, and other soybean qualities is also open for entries.

soybeans Soybean Yield Contest  

World of Weeds - Prickly sida

The World of Weeds feature weed this month is prickly sida. This plant is a warm-season annual in the mallow family, the same family as cotton, velvetleaf, and other plants found in Kansas. Learn more about its identifying features and the best management options in this article.

World of Weeds prickly sida