Agronomy eUpdate June 1st, 2023

Issue 959

Considerations when harvesting short wheat

Although this will be a rough wheat harvest for many farmers, some changes can be made to help maximize harvest efficiencies. Special attention needs to be given to cutting height, machine adjustments, and operator control. Anything that can be done to preserve what little crop residue is present will be important in dryland system in particular.

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Early summer control of sericea lespedeza using herbicides

Sericea lespedeza is a major invasive species of concern on rangeland, pasture, and some CRP acres in Kansas. This Category C noxious weed infests over 465,000 acres in Kansas. Control efforts should be directed at reducing or eliminating new infestations as well as using approved control methods on established populations.

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World of Weeds - Horsetails

Extension Weed Science Specialist, Sarah Lancaster, recently received a photo of an unknown weed that is nearly impossible to control with herbicides. The weed is an Equisetum species, also known as horsetails. Two Equisetum species in Kansas are field horsetail and scouring rush.

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2023 Wheat Plot Tours - Updated for June 1 through June 9

There are still some wheat plot tours on the calendar for portions of Kansas. This article contains the updated details for June 1 through June 9 plot tours. Make plans to attend a plot tour near you and learn about the newest available and upcoming wheat varieties, their agronomics, and their disease reactions.

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Wheat Disease Field Day in Manhattan - June 5, 2023

The Department of Plant Pathology and K-State Research and Extension will be hosting a wheat disease field day on Monday, June 5 at the Rocky Ford Plant Pathology Farm just north of Manhattan. This will be a great opportunity to see several wheat diseases in the field. It's not too late to get signed up!

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