Early-season weed control is especially important in cotton because can be slow to canopy relative to other crops grown in Kansas, and therefore less competitive early in the growing season. Tillage is often used for early-season weed control; however, most Kansas cotton acreage is in conservation tillage systems, so effective herbicides are needed before planting.
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The first incidence of stripe rust was detected this week in irrigated wheat. Dry conditions have remained unfavorable for stripe rust development. Recent rain showers in some areas have led to low levels of tan spot. There is a slightly elevated risk in some south central and southeastern counties for Fusarium head blight.
The last day to submit entries for the National Wheat Yield Contest is May 15. Central Plains growers are enduring very tough conditions during the season. These conditions may increase the chances of a given field winning within some categories of the contest. You only need a 5-acre plot to enter. No late entries will be accepted.
The Kansas Ag-Climate Update for April is here. This article offers a short highlight of the weather across the state of Kansas during the month of April. The entire Ag-Climate Update is linked in the article and offers more in-depth information about the weather-related agronomic impacts and the upcoming outlooks.
The Department of Agronomy and K-State Research and Extension will host several winter wheat variety plot tours in across Kansas. This article contains the upcoming plot tours for May 12 through May 26. Make plans to attend a plot tour near you to see and learn about the newest available and upcoming wheat varieties, their agronomics, and their disease reactions.
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. The cost to attend this training is $90 before May 19 and $120 after, including walk-ins. A light breakfast and lunch are included with registration.