Wheat is considered a highly responsive crop to band-applied fertilizers, particularly phosphorus. The application of phosphorus as a starter fertilizer can be an effective method for part or all the phosphorus needs. Wheat plants typically show a significant increase in fall tillers and better root development with the use of starter fertilizer.
The weather conditions expected for the last half of September will be critical for soybeans as related to seed filling and determining final seed weight. Final maturity is defined as the formation of the black layer in the seeds. The dry-down rate will depend on the maturity group, planting date, and weather conditions experienced during the latter part of the reproductive phase.
Estimating crop yields before harvest can be difficult. However, having these estimates is valuable information for producers as it helps them to make relevant decisions on inputs. As the sorghum crop gets closer to maturity, yield estimates will be more accurate. This article walks through an example of an on-farm calculation for estimating sorghum yield.
In order to best estimate the yield potential of grain sorghum, you need to understand the main plant components of yield. The main yield-driving factors are number of plants, tillers per plant, seeds per head, and seeds per pound. This article discusses each of these factors and their relative importance to the final yield of sorghum.
Soil testing provides producers and homeowners with important information concerning the fertility status of the soil. This information can help produce better crops and reduce input costs by guiding management decisions. The K-State Soil Testing Lab offers many affordable options for assessing the soil fertility status of your soil.
Collecting a representative soil sample from your area of interest is critical to ensure the best soil testing results. Most fields are highly variable even over short distances. This makes collecting a representative soil sample more of a challenge. This article has information on the best soil sampling practices.
The War on Weeds podcast has officially kicked off its sixth season. There are over 90 past episodes that can be accessed for free. Topics for season six include weed management on rangelands, harvest weed seed control practices, site-specific herbicide applications, and more.
The Kansas Ag-Climate Update for the month of August is here! This report summarizes the weather and associated agronomic impacts across the different cropping districts of Kansas. The month of August saw some excessive heat waves. Check out this article for the rest of the weather story of August.