When planting soybeans in Kansas, it may be a good insurance policy to inoculate the seed. Inoculation promotes good nodulation, improves nitrogen fixation, and helps ensure a stable yield. Yield response to inoculants can depend on residual soil nitrogen, soil pH, environmental conditions, and other factors.
If soybean plants are chlorotic and nitrogen deficient despite being inoculated, that probably indicates the inoculant has failed. This article discusses how to assess nodulation in the field and what factors can lead to poor nodulation.
The label is the law - most pesticide applicators are familiar with that phrase. Yet, pesticides are sometimes used in ways that are inconsistent with product labels. Label directions are written to minimize risks for applicators, bystanders, and the environment. This article explains why applicators should prioritize reading and following pesticide labels.
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The Department of Agronomy and K-State Research and Extension will host several winter wheat variety plot tours in different regions of the state. This article contains the upcoming plot tours for May 10 through May 26. The plots highlighted in red are still tentative. This list will be continuously updated in the coming weeks.
The latest Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Report is now available online. This report includes preliminary results of research conducted on field production and management practices for crops in southeast Kansas. These field studies are conducted in Parsons and nearby areas.
K-State Research and Extension will host its Spring Crops Field Day Tuesday, May 23 at the Southeast Research and Extension Center in Parsons. Topics to be presented include wheat variety tours, corn fungicide management, precision agriculture technology, and growing profitable crops. The event is free and sponsored by PrairieLand Partners.
The Department of Agronomy and K-State Research and Extension will host an In-Depth Wheat Diagnostic School on June 2 from 8:00 am to 3:50 pm at the K-State North Central Experiment Field near Belleville. This event will offer six CEU CCA and two 1A PM credits by providing hands-on training on diagnosing wheat production problems.