Agronomy eUpdate January 11th, 2024

Issue 989

Significant cold is coming - Monitor livestock conditions using the Animal Comfort Tool

The winter of 2023-2024 has been mild thus far, but much colder conditions are in the forecast. These much colder conditions will likely negatively impact cattle, particularly calves. The Kansas Mesonet's Animal Comfort Tool can aid in decision management with the evaluation of current conditions and the seven-day forecast. Both are critical as the recent warmer-than-normal temperatures have not allowed cattle to adjust to colder conditions.

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Wind chill analysis tool from Kansas Mesonet

The forecast for the coming week consists of bitter cold air, the coldest of the winter season thus far. The “feels like” temperature is also usually influenced by the wind. This article discusses how wind chill values are estimated and why monitoring during the winter is important. The Kansas Mesonet offers a wind chill analysis tool. Check it out.

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Ag-Climate Update: December 2023

The month of December in 2023 was the second warmest December in Kansas since 1895. The average statewide temperature for December was 39.2 degrees F, 6.0 degrees above normal. The December Ag-Climate Update recaps the weather and associated impacts across Kansas. The full report is linked in this article.

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K-State Soil Fertility Schools for North Central and Northwest Kansas

With fertilizer being one of the most expensive components of your cropping system, it is increasingly important for producers to manage their agricultural inputs properly. K-State Research and Extension has scheduled four regional soil fertility schools during January 2024. This article has registration details and program information.

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Women Managing the Farm Conference set for February 14-16

Women from across Kansas will gather at the 20th Women Managing the Farm Conference in Manhattan, Kansas, February 14-16, 2024. The conference began in 2005 and will feature nationally renowned keynote speakers, in-depth breakout sessions, and the opportunity for women to network with other farmers, rural business leaders, and landowners.

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Updated - Cover Your Acres Winter Conference, January 16-17

The 2024 Cover Your Acres Winter Conference is almost here! Registration is still open for this premier producer-driven meeting focused on new ideas and research-based updates in crop production for northwest KS and the Central High Plains region. The program is posted in this article. Check it out!

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2024 Alfalfa School is set for February 13 in Great Bend

K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council (KSFGC) are hosting the 2024 Alfalfa School on Tuesday, February 13. This year’s event will feature several sessions covering a myriad of topics related to alfalfa production. Get registered before Feb. 7.

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K-State Corn and Soybean Schools to be held Jan. 16-19, 2024

Don't miss out on attending the K-State Corn and Soybean Schools happening in four locations across Kansas in mid-January. This year features a whole-day program devoted to both corn and soybeans, with region-specific topics at each location. These schools are free to attend with a hot lunch provided. Get signed up today!

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