Agronomy eUpdate June 22nd, 2023

Issue 962

Fungicide considerations for corn diseases in 2023

Corn producers should be actively scouting for several fungal diseases including Southern rust, common rust, gray leaf spot, and tar spot. Scouting allows for the best assessment for timely and effective fungicide applications. Learn more in this article from Row Crop Disease Specialist Rodrigo Onofre.

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Annual Forage Insurance: New Policy Options and 2022 Performance

Annual Forage (AF) insurance is a rainfall index product for annual crops produced for forage. The deadline to purchase AF for any annual forage crop produced over the next calendar year is July 15. The USDA Risk Management Agency recently announced several changes to AF, that were designed to increase flexibility for producers. Learn more in this article.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Pesticide Applications - What You Need to Know

There is a good deal of interest in using drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the application of pesticides. If you are an applicator considering using a drone for applications, here is some basic information regarding licenses that you need to know before applying any pesticides.

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K-State Industrial Hemp Dual-Purpose Variety Trials

There are many uses for industrial hemp, and the market for industrial hemp is rapidly growing as more states are legalizing its production. Industrial hemp is marketed for oil, grain, and fiber. Since 2019 commercially available industrial hemp varieties have been evaluated at two locations in Kansas. This article reviews the results from these variety trials.

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Kansas Corn Yield Contest: Early deadline June 30

The Kansas Corn Yield Contest is sponsored by Kansas Corn and K-State Research and Extension. The Kansas contest allows Kansas farmers to compete for cash prizes and recognition and see how their yields stack up against other growers in their area. The early entry deadline is June 30. Learn about some updates to the contest and how to enter in this article.

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Registration is open for the 2023 K-State/KARA Summer Field School

Kansas State University and the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) will be hosting two, 2-day field schools on July 11-12 and July 13-14 at the K-State Agronomy North Farm in Manhattan. This year’s program will focus on soybean production and fertility, with several other agronomic topics included in the program. The full agenda and registration information can be found in this article.

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