While sorghum is a valuable forage crop, sorghum species can produce prussic acid, which can be toxic to livestock. The potential for toxic levels of prussic acid is affected by several different factors. If proper management occurs, sorghum can be a safe and beneficial forage crop.
It seems like every summer, Kansans wonder if this was the hottest summer on record. The two years that still sit at the top of the list of hottest summers were 1934 and 1936, both during the Dust Bowl era. Learn more about this time in Kansas history in this article.
Corn earworm, fall armyworm, and western bean cutworm all can impact corn yields. These ear-feeding pests have largely been controlled through the use of Bt corn varieties. However, these pests have developed some resistance to the Bt traits. In light of this resistance, the EPA has proposed some changes regarding the use of Bt corn. Learn more in this article.
The Ag-Climate Update for June 2022 highlights the weather experienced across Kansas and the associated impacts. Western Kansas experienced a short-term heat wave event that resulted in cattle losses and contributed to worsening drought conditions. Read more about June's weather in this article.
Kansas State University will host a field day on July 22 to help farmers in the Rattlesnake Creek watershed use new irrigation technologies to manage how they apply water more effectively and improve crop yields. The Irrigation Innovation Technology Field Day will be held near Dillwyn, located in south-central Kansas between Wichita and Dodge City.