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Soil fertility and wheat production: Profile nitrate levels and wheat yield

Last week, we discussed the importance of soil testing ahead of wheat planting. This article addresses the correlation between profile nitrate and wheat yield.

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Key nutrients for soybean production in Kansas

Soybeans, particularly high-yielding varieties, remove significant amounts of available soil nutrients per bushel of grain harvested. As the crop matures, adequate amounts are needed in each growth stage. Learn which nutrients are the most critical to soybean production in Kansas.

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Planning your wheat fertility program: Start now by soil testing

Wheat producers in Kansas should consider soil testing to help in making accurate fertilizer decisions. Accurate decisions are especially important during years with low grain prices and tight budgets.

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Fall soil testing of hayfields and pastures

Fall is an excellent time to perform soil testing of pastures and hayfields. Testing in the fall allows more time for any needed lime applications before the main growing season and allows flexibility for planning fertilizer applications.

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Soil Fertility Management meetings scheduled in central and western Kansas

The K-State Department of Agronomy, in collaboration with several Extension districts/counties in central and western Kansas, is hosting four Soil Fertility Management meetings in January.

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Register now for the Soil Fertility Management meetings

There's still time to register for one of the KSU Soil Fertility Management meetings taking place on January 11 and 12! Learn about optimizing your fertilizer applications during this time of high fertilizer costs and limited availability.

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Planning your wheat fertility program: Start now by soil testing

Wheat producers in Kansas should consider soil testing to help make accurate fertilizer decisions ahead of planting. After variable conditions and yield levels across the state, fertilizer needs may require adjustments based on soil test results. Now is the time to take soil samples to ensure there will be enough time to consider the test results when planning your fall fertilizer programs.

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Soil fertility and wheat production: Profile nitrate levels and wheat yield

Failure to account for soil nitrogen wastes a valuable resource and can result in excess foliage, increased plant disease, inefficient use of soil water, and reduced yield. Soil sampling in fall for nitrate-N can have a significant impact on N recommendations for winter wheat in Kansas soils.

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Winter canola management considerations

The planting window for winter canola is around the corner. In this article, we outline the most critical management factors, ranging from seeding rates and planting depth to insect and disease management. Learn how to ensure a good stand heading into winter.

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Soil fertility meetings scheduled in central and western Kansas - Jan. 24 and 25

Learn more about optimizing your fertilizers applications by attending one of the Soil Fertility Management meetings in north central and northwest Kansas. These meetings will take place on Jan. 24 and 25 across four locations. Be sure to check out one near you.

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Causes of yellow wheat - Soil fertility factors

Wheat producers may start seeing some wheat fields turn yellow during this time of the year. The pattern may vary from field to field, sometimes as large areas, small patches, or streaks of yellowish wheat in some fields this spring. This article goes into detail about some of the main causes of yellow wheat related to soil fertility.

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In-furrow fertilizers for wheat

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.

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Fall soil testing of hayfields and pastures

Knowing the soil nutrients is a requirement to establish an adequate soil fertility program for forages. Fall is a good time to evaluate the soil fertility status for forage production because it allows more time for any needed lime applications to have an effect before the main growing season begins.

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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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Updated soil test interpretations and fertilizer recommendations for Kansas

The Agronomy Soil Fertility Working Group at K-State, led by soil fertility specialist Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, has released an updated version of the popular publication "Soil Test Interpretations and Fertilizer Recommendations in Kansas". This publication contains the most recent soil test interpretations for the major crops for the most commonly deficient plant nutrients in Kansas.

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Causes of yellow wheat - Soil fertility factors

Wheat producers may start seeing some wheat fields turn yellow during this time of year. This yellow discoloration is sometimes related to nutrients and soil fertility. Poor root growth from a myriad of factors can also lead to yellow wheat. Check out this article to learn about soil fertility factors affecting wheat growth.

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