Many wheat fields in Kansas failed to emerge in the fall of 2022. Emergence has been highly variable all winter and spring, and some fields are still trying to emerge. Late-emerged winter wheat has considerably less yield potential than a crop that emerged at the optimum time.
Prolonged drought in much of Kansas has resulted in marginal wheat stands and a difficult decision for many farmers, especially with reasonably strong prices. Thin wheat stands will require residual herbicides to limit competition from weeds. However, if the field might be planted to another crop this spring, some residual herbicides will limit options for a subsequent crop. Learn more in this article.
The development of first hollow stem in Kansas test plots is still being monitored. This report includes the latest measurements for 22 wheat varieties grown at the K-State's South Central Experiment Field near Hutchinson. First hollow stem is generally achieved within a few days after the stem starts to elongate.
The optimal corn seeding rate is a management factor that depends on the corn hybrid and its interaction with the environment. This article offers guidelines to help producers determine if their corn seeding rates need to be adjusted. Recommended seeding rates in this article attempt to account for the different growing environments in Kansas.
Several K-State Research and Extension publications related to insect management for specific crops in Kansas were recently updated and are available online. These publications were prepared to help producers manage insect populations with the best available methods proven practical under Kansas conditions.
The weather community has its own March Madness event and it involves recruiting volunteer weather observers. CoCoRaHS, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network, is a citizen-based project where observers measure and report precipitation at their homes or business using a standard, high-quality rain gauge. Learn more in this article! We need you!
In many areas of Kansas, grass growth was very limited last year and continuing dry conditions in recent months raise questions about how livestock producers should plan for the coming growing season. Join K-State specialists on April 4th at noon for a webinar to address grass turnout. This is a free event but registration is required.