Spring is here but is it time to get seed in the ground for the 2020 growing season? Selection of the optimal planting date is a critical decision. What factors should be considered? Read more here in this article from Cropping Production specialist, Dr. Ciampitti.
Selection of the optimal planting date is an important decision faced by all farmers. Rather than looking at the calendar, farmers should monitor soil temperature and moisture. Read the latest update from K-State Extension Agronomy.
As air temperatures keep fluctuating, so the soil temperatures. Producers need to closely monitor current soil temps and the upcoming weather forecasts to avoid any potential seedling injury to corn this spring.
Cold temperatures can result in injury to the germinating corn seed as it absorbs moisture - a problem called imbibitional chilling injury. Damage can occur when soil temperatures are at or below 50 F.
This article discusses soil temperature climatology (30-year average) and how 2020 compares to the climate normal for Kansas. Climate "normals" provide a valuable historical perspective to help us understand current weather.
As a cool front impacts Kansas in early May, keep an eye soil temperatures with respect to planting corn and soybeans. Chilling injury can occur if soil temperatures drop too low.
Cotton has a great ability to overcome many stresses and produce profitable lint yields when the crop gets off to a good, uniform start. When is the best time to plant cotton in Kansas? Read more in this article!
Soil temperatures continue to take a roller coaster ride heading into mid-May. Extension Agronomy has been continually monitoring both soil and air temperatures this spring. Read this latest update here.
The recent Arctic-like weather raises some questions about insect pressure for the upcoming growing season, particularly for the western corn rootworm. Will this severe cold snap kill eggs that are currently lying dormant in the field?
During the bitterly cold period in mid-February, air temperatures dropped as low as -30 F in some locations. Soil temperatures, however, did not get near that cold. Several interacting factors control soil temperature flux. Learn some basic principles about soil temperature changes in this article.
Selection of the optimal planting date is one of the most important decisions for farmers. When deciding to fire up the planter, producers should consider soil temperatures rather than just calendar dates. Planting too early can cause problems as the season progresses.
Soil temperatures across Kansas are warming up as the month of April begins. Be sure to monitor soil temperatures in your area to ensure the best seed germination and stand establishment for your spring-planted row crops.
Cold temperatures can result in injury to the germinating seed as it is absorbing moisture – a problem called imbibitional chilling injury. Damage to germinating seeds can occur when soil temperatures remain at or below 50 degrees F after planting.
Cotton producers in Kansas are nearing planting time. However, it's best to look at soil temperatures at the planting depth and the upcoming forecast rather than the calendar date. Seed germination and early growth is highly dependent on adequate soil temperatures and moisture.
For fall applications of anhydrous ammonia, there are a number of factors that must be considered, including soil texture, temperature, and soil moisture. Consider the following guidelines discussed in this article before taking to the field.
For fall applications of anhydrous ammonia there are a number of factors to consider including soil temperature, soil texture, and soil moisture. This time of year, it is important to not apply anhydrous while soil temperatures are above a certain threshold. Learn more in this article.
Planting date is one of the most critical factors to decide for row crops. Rather than just calendar dates, farmers should consider basing this decision based on soil temperature and moisture. Every summer row crop has an optimal soil temperature for its emergence. A late freeze can also affect any early planted fields.
We are now two weeks into meteorological spring. Warmer air temperatures are fast approaching, and those will lead to warming soil temperatures. One important benchmark for spring planting is the arrival of soil temperatures that reach and consistently stay above 50°F. Is Kasnas ahead or behind normal so far this spring?
Planting date is one of the most critical factors to decide on for row crops such as corn and soybean. Rather than just calendar dates, please consider basing this decision on soil temperature and moisture. Optimal soil temperatures for the emergence of row crops indicate a minimum of 50 degrees F for appropriate corn germination and early growth.
The first half of April means that planters in some areas of Kansas have started rolling out. This article looks at soil temperatures, soil moisture, and growing degree day accumulation for the year. The upcoming forecast for Kansas is also presented.
When is the optimum time to plant cotton? Cotton can overcome many stresses and produce profitable lint yields when the crop gets off to a good, uniform start. The recommended window for cotton planting is relatively narrow compared to that for other summer crops grown in Kansas. It is best to monitor soil conditions rather than the calendar.
Soils across Kansas are still running above 50°F at the 4-inch depth. It is best to delay anhydrous ammonia applications until soil temperatures drop below this threshold. By delaying application until cold weather, over-winter losses of the applied nitrogen can be minimized. Fall applications should be avoided on sandy soils prone to leaching.