Agronomy eUpdate March 14th, 2024

Issue 995

First hollow stem update - March 14, 2024

Cattle should be removed from wheat pastures when the crop reaches first hollow stem. Grazing past this stage can severely affect wheat yields. This article reports the latest measurements tracking the progression of first hollow stem by the K-State Wheat and Forages Team of 16 commonly grown wheat varieties.

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Managing spring-planted cover crops for grazing

This article summarizes a publication titled "Managing Spring Planted Cover Crops for Livestock Grazing under Dryland Conditions in the High Plains Region." The comprehensive factsheet explains recommended practices for species selection, adjusting stocking rates, and grazing management.

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Start monitoring alfalfa weevils using degree days and scouting

Degree day accumulations for Kansas alfalfa weevils are well ahead of normal for the entire state this year. A similar trend occurred in 2023. Scouting for weevil activity should be conducted right now in all regions of the state.

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Winter 2023-2024 for Kansas: The Season in Review

The meteorological winter of 2023-24 began on December 1, 2023, and ended on February 29, 2024. In Kansas, it was both the fourth warmest and the fourth wettest on record. In this report, we examine the winter of 2023-24 and compare it to previous winters.

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Soil Health and Cropping System Sustainability Field Day - April 5

K-State Research and Extension, in collaboration with the Department of Agronomy, Kansas Wheat, and Kansas Corn, is hosting a Soil Health and Cropping System Sustainability Field Day on April 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is a free event, and lunch will be provided.

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