Agronomy eUpdate September 23rd, 2021

Issue 874

Considerations when planting wheat into dry soil

Soils in portions of western and central Kansas have become steadily drier through the late summer and early fall. Topsoil conditions are now very dry in many areas of Kansas. What options are available for producers in these regions with wheat still to plant?

wheat planting dry soils drought 

Check for stalk rots prior to grain sorghum harvest

It is important to check sorghum fields for stalk rot diseases prior to harvest. The two most common types of stalk rot in sorghum are charcoal rot and Fusarium stalk rot. Even in fields where lodging is has not yet occurred, producers should be prepared to deal with stalk rot issues.

disease stalk rot grain sorghum lodging fusarium stalk rot charcoal rot 

Challenges with smooth bromegrass hayfields in eastern Kansas

Bromegrass is one of the most important cool-season grasses in eastern Kansas. It grows best during cooler weather, primarily March through June and September through November, becoming semi-dormant during the summer months. This year has brought challenges to bromegrass fields in Kansas.

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Fall armyworm infestations in early-planted wheat in central Kansas

There have been some heavy infestations of fall armyworms in early-planted wheat in central Kansas, with some plantings completely destroyed. Read more about the best options at this point in the season and how to distinguish between fall armyworm and true armyworm in this article.

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Learn more about three winter wheat varieties developed in Kansas

Three new publications from K-State Research and Extension have been released that each highlight a winter wheat variety developed in Kansas. These varieties, KS Dallas, KS Western Star, and KS Silverado, were released in 2019 and registered/certified seeds have been available since the fall of 2020.

wheat new variety variety selection 

Kansas Bankers Association Conservation Awards - Nominations due Dec. 3

Nominate a deserving Kansas producer or landowner for the 2021 Kansas Bankers Association Conservation Awards Program. In 2020, 197 Kansas producers and landowners were recognized through this program.

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