Agronomy eUpdate November 9th, 2023

Issue 982

Check terraces now for needed repairs and maintenance

The weeks between harvest and when snow falls can be a good time to evaluate and perform maintenance on terraces. Over 9 million acres of land in Kansas is protected by more than 290,000 miles of terraces. Terraces must have adequate capacity, ridge height, and channel width to effectively control erosion. Terraces need regular maintenance to function for a long life.

soil erosion terraces runoff 

Nutrient availability in poultry manure

Poultry litter can provide a significant supply of nutrients for crop production. Poultry litter should serve as an excellent complement to commercial nitrogen fertilizers. However, phosphorus content is usually high, and application rates should be based on phosphorus levels to minimize potential surface water contamination. Learn more in this article.

poultry litter nutrient availability manure 

Reminder - after harvest is the optimal time for Soybean Cyst Nematode sampling

Soybean cyst nematode is a major problem in soybean fields throughout eastern and central Kansas. In most fields, the only symptoms may be uneven growth and a gradual production decline over time. Confirming the presence of this pest, determining population levels, and monitoring the effectiveness of resistant varieties are the basis for a successful integrated management program.

soybean cyst nematode soil sampling Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab SCN 

Cover Your Acres Winter Conference, January 16-17 in Oberlin

Mark your calendars for the 21st annual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference for crop producers and consultants on January 16 and 17, 2024. Cover Your Acres is a producer-driven meeting focused on new ideas and research-based updates in crop production in northwest Kansas and the Central High Plains region.

Cover Your Acres meeting  

Save the Date for the K-State/KARA Crop Production Update: Dec. 6-7

Save the date for the 2023 Crop Production Update, hosted by the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) and in cooperation with K-State Research and Extension. The two-day event is set for Dec. 6 and 7 in Manhattan. This training provides the latest research and technological advances in weed and insect control, fertilizer and chemical recommendations, soil fertility concerns, and more.

KARA crop production meetings