Agronomy eUpdate September 1st, 2022

Issue 922

Winter canola planting considerations

Winter canola varieties exist today that make production possible across much of Kansas. The planting window for canola arrives in Kansas by early September. This article discusses the most critical planting aspects ranging from variety selection to site selection and seedbed preparation.

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Winter canola management considerations

The planting window for winter canola is around the corner. In this article, we outline the most critical management factors, ranging from seeding rates and planting depth to insect and disease management. Learn how to ensure a good stand heading into winter.

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Tips for fall planting of alfalfa

Alfalfa is a very important legume crop for dairy and livestock industry in the state. Late summer and early fall are often the best times to plant alfalfa in Kansas due to less weed pressure than spring planting. Available moisture at planting is crucial for alfalfa establishment.

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Can dry soils affect anhydrous ammonia applications?

Many producers are getting ready for fall anhydrous applications. Some producers are applying anhydrous now to fields that will be planted to wheat. However, very dry soils in many areas of Kansas can be a concern. Applications need to be deep enough to reach some moisture to minimize the risk for loss.

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Filling the forage gaps after a challenging summer

In forage-based systems, the forage budget is the key component of livestock production. This hot, dry summer has resulted in farmers needing to adjust their forage plans for their operation. Learn the best options for minimizing any forage gaps heading into the fall and winter.

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2021 Kansas Summer Annual Forage Hay and Silage Variety Trial final report

In 2021,summer annual forage variety trials were conducted across Kansas near Garden City, Hays, and Scandia. All sites evaluated hay and silage entries. Across the sites, a total of 104 hay varieties and 55 sorghum silage varieties were evaluated. The results are summarized in the 2021 Kansas Forage Report, now available online.

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