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 Crops & Soils Featured Topics

Soybean Disease                     Audio
Soybeans diseases are likely going to start showing up in fields at this point in the growing season. Knowing what they are is the most important part in knowing how to deal with them.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- July 23,2021


Ear Rots                                       Audio
An unexspected and unwelcome corn crop visitor is ear rot fungus. There are many types, but while some just reduce grain quality, some can create harmful toxins.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- July 16,2021


Summer Bloomers for Honeybee Stewards                 Article
A hot, dry summer is not ideal for beekeeping enthusiast. Many years, there is a slump of honey production between the clovers of spring and the sunflowers of fall. The heat and dry of the summer make it hard for flowers to be pollinated, so most species simply choose not to bloom during these months.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- July 9,2021


Vomitoxin in Wheat                  Audio      
Vomitoxin Alert! Reports have come in that some fields in the area have elevated levels of vomitoxin, a harmful chemical created by the fungus Fusarium Head Blight. Dealing with this can be a real challenge.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- July 9,2021


Southern Rust                            Audio
This year we have the right conditions for an outbreak of corn Southern Rust. Timely identification and control are important to keep this fungi disease in check.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- July 2,2021


Too Hot for Herbicides                      Audio
The effectiveness of most herbicides is decreased when it gets too hot outside. While some herbicides become too effective and can hurt the crop as well.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- June 25,2021


Off-Farm Income                               Audio
For many farmers, farming isn't there only job. Off-farm income can be an important part of family living and day to day expenses.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- June 19,2021


Saturated Seedlings                             Audio
Rain and cloudy weather can help the soybeans fields germinate, but too much, and the seedlings can drown. Saturated conditions can also lead to the spreading of soil diseases as well.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- June 11,2021


Over-Planting Thin Soybean Stands                        Article
While poor germination can be caused by a great variety of factors, flooding of our heavy clay soils is a common one. Many soybean fields were left with poor stands in terrace channels and on the edges of this year, much like last year, we had just too much rain after many of the long season soybeans were planted fields where water collects.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- June 11,2021


Double Sorghum                           Audio
While nearly all our harvested wheat will be planted to double-cropped soybeans, there are some situations in which double-cropped sorghum (milo) could be a better choice.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- June 3,2021


Corn and Wet Weather                    Audio

As Luke Bryan said, "Rain makes corn", but too much rain on young corn can cause issues in the crop later on.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- May 28,2021


White Heads in Wheat                     Audio
This time of year, dead white wheat heads can start to appear in wheat fields and these wheat heads can die for all kinds of reasons.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- May 21,2021


Boron: The Forgotten (but important) Micronutrient                 Article
Boron, it’s not part of a normal soil test, in fact, it’s not part of an expanded soil test. Logically then, most farmers have no idea how much boron is in their soil, or even that’s a nutrient of any concern. Boron is vital for a plant’s cell wall and can affect many plant processes.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- May 14,2021


Soybean Planting                Audio
Soybean planting is not far away, but there are a few things to consider first.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- May 14,2021


Tissue Samples                   Audio
Tissue sampling is an after-the-fact plant nutrient analysis, that can help farmers understand problem areas in the field, and hone in fertility for future crops.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- May 7,2021


Wheat Fungicide                       Audio
To spray or not to spray? This yearly question on wheat fungicide is one that farmers consider every year at this time.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- April 30,2021


Hay Value                                   Audio
Hay bales contain an important cost, soil nutrients. If not accounted for this can lead to nutrient deficient soils and poor hay production.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- April 23,2021


Unaccounted Costs: Nutrients in Hay                     Article
Hay is not cheap, then again, neither is grain right now, but often the full cost of hay goes under realized. Much of the value in hay remains in unaccounted soil nutrients that is removed from hay fields and is redistributed in over wintering pastures or concentrated in lots. The production of hay has soil nutrient removal that is more often, not replaced with fertilizer or manure.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- April 16,2021


Soil Fertility                  Audio
Soybeans take a lot of nutrients to grow. Before planting soybeans, it's important to get the soil nutrients in optimal condition.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- April 16,2021


Kansas Corn                 Audio
Corn planting is underway. Just how much corn does Kansas grow?

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- April 9,2021


Litter Value                  Audio
The total value of poultry litter versus chemical fertilizer is based on many factors like nutrient content, equipment requires, and the soil fertility of the field.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- April 2,2021


Wheat Update                      Audio
Wheat rust has just begun in Texas on its march north across the plains. However, the soil mosaic viruses are likely to show up now in cooler weather.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- March 27,2021


Heavy Metals in the Soil and Garden            Article
When you hear the words ‘heavy metal’, you might have images of big hair, tight pants, steel guitars, and loud music. But when it comes to heavy metals in soil, it hits on a completely different bassline. The vast majority of the time heavy metals in soil aren’t an issue and homeowners don’t need to be concerned.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- March 19,2021


Spring Insects                      Audio
Warmer weather means increased insect pressure too. This time of year, aphids and armyworms can be common pests in wheat fields.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- March 19,2021


Sprayer Calibration             Audio
A properly adjusted sprayer can save thousands of dollars over the growing season. Now is a good time to make sure everything is in working order.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- March 12,2021


Marestail                    Audio
This herbicide resistant weed is currently a small green little plant, but it won't be long before it bolts into towering trouble.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- March 5,2021


Soil Sampling                 Audio
Soil tests provide a scientific base for evaluating the available plant nutrients in a field, garden, lawn, pasture, or food plot. Knowing the nutrient levels in the soil can determine if any additional nutrients need to be added to the soil.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agurculture and Natural Resourse Agent

- February 26,2021


Farm Income                       Audio   
Despite Pessimitic outlook in the beginning of 2020, net farm income averages turned out to be slightly above 2019. 2021 might be profitable year as well.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- February 26,2021


Top-dressing Wheat with Nitrogen’s Amigos: Chloride and Sulfur               Article
The need for nitrogen in wheat is well known, but sulfur and chloride deficiencies are more common in than many farmers realize. Sulfur deficiency looks a lot like nitrogen deficiency and chloride deficiency looks just like a fungal disease, which is if either can be seen at all.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- February 19,2021


Farm Bill ARC/PLC Election          Audio
The can be hard to choose between the Farm Bill's ARC/PLC elections, but at least the guess can be an educated one, by looking at market futures and likelihoods.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- February 19,2021


Wheat Winter Hardy        Audio
"It got cold. Real cold. But cold enough to harm the wheat? Probably not. It's pretty tough stuff"

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- February 12,2021


Grain Market                    Audio
Now is an important time to develop your grain marketing plan. Strong international forces are making grain commodities more profitable but also prices more volatile. Grain Marketing Workshop on February 23rd.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- February 5,2021


Top Dress Wheat               Audio
It's just about time to top dress the wheat fields. Good yields are dependent on application rate and timing.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- January 29,2021


Planting Green and Rolling Beans                 Article
There are a lot more cover crops out there then one might think. A lot of progressive farmers are finding unconventional methods and positive benefits of incorporating cover crops into their cropping rotations. The benefits have all been noted before; excellent cattle forage, protect the soil, improve soil health, and reduce weed pressure.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- January 22,2021


Spring Oats                   Audio
If you missed the window to plant a cover crop last fall, planting oats this spring is the next best thing. High in protein, they make excellent cattle forage and help protect the soil from spring rains while providing needed weed control.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- January 22,2021


Cover Crop Planting             Audio
Cover crops are excellent at preventing early season weeds but can be difficult to plant into. Many farmers find that planting directly into green standing cover crops is the easier way to go.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- January 15,2021


A Good Lease         Audio
"What makes a good crop or pasture land lease? One that is written, with complete and well-defined terms."

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- January 8,2021


Red Cedar               Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- December 25, 2020


Fences Moving Property Lines: Squatter’s Rights                 Article
K-State Research and Extension will be hosting a Land leasing and Law Meeting on January 23rd virtually as well as in person at the Southeast Research and Extension Center in Parsons, KS. We will cover how to create simple, but well-defined written leases, laws when it comes to leasing, and the results of a recent leasing survey in the Wildcat District. Please call a K-State Research and Extension Wildcat or Southwind District office to register (Altamont, 620-784-5337).

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- December 25, 2020


Litter Application       Audio
While a great source of plant nutrients, poultry litter is not like regular fertilizer. Nutrient amounts can change greatly between litter sources and not all the nutrients are plant available right away. 

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- December 19, 2020


Sulfur Wheat             Audio
While sulfur might be a secondary nutrient, it's of major importance in wheat crops and vital for the best yields.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- December 12, 2020


Leasing                        Audio
Ag leases can be simple but often ag laws are complex. Now is a good time to look at your contract terms as most contracts run on a March 1st to March 1st basis.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- December 4, 2020


12 Steps of Farm Succession                  Audio
The transition of the farm from one generation to the next is more than a decades long process, but also a philosophy of setting future farmers up for success.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- November 27, 2020


Rebuilding Terraces                      Audio
Kansas is #2 in the nation for the most field terraces. These soil conservation structures are important for soil conservation but do need occasional maintenance and repair.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- November 20, 2020


Applying Fall Anhydrous               Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- November 13, 2020


Dicamba                      Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- November 6, 2020


Grain Market               Article                Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- October 30, 2020


Wheat Insects                          Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- October 23, 2020


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2                     Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- October 16, 2020


 Dry Wheat Planting                   Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- October 10, 2020


 

Tile Drainage                Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- October 3, 2020


 

Bind Weed                     Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- October 3, 2020


 

Soil Sampling                Article

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- September 24,2020


 

Wheat Planting             Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- September 25, 2020


 

Soybean Premature Yellowing                     Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- September 18, 2020


 Soil Sampling        Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

- September 11,2020


 

Soil pH                    Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- September 11, 2020

 

Ryegrass                     Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- September 4, 2020

Soybean Yield Forage              Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- August 28, 2020

Fall Alfalfa                        Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- August 19, 2020

Wheat Varieties                  Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- August 14, 2020

Soybean Disease                Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- August 7, 2020

Silage                          Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- July 25, 2020

 

Heat Herbicides         Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- July 17, 2020

The Many Uses of Straw         Article
Straw…it’s more than just the leftover from wheat harvest. This agricultural byproduct has a huge number of uses. While some are quite traditional like the bedding for animals and mulch in the garden, it can also be used as a quality cattle forage, heating fuel, ethanol production, or even as a building material. Far from waste, straw has so many better uses than being burned in the field.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- July 10, 2020

Soybean Pests                   Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- July 10, 2020

Drought Deficent            Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- July 2, 2020

Summer Diseases            Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- June 26, 2020


 


Dicamba              Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- June 20, 2020


 Soybean Planting in the Right Weather           Article

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- June 12, 2020


 

Double Sorghum             Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- June 9, 2020


Hidden Corn Issues            Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- June 5, 2020


 

Tissue Samples         Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- May 22, 2020

Soybean Density          Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- May 15, 2020


 

To Replant or Not to Replant         Article
That is the question that many producers ask themselves in spring for a variety of reasons. Corn and soybeans fields can lose their plant populations for various reasons. A lack of soil moisture is a possible cause but this year it is more likely a problem due to too much water that flooded parts of the field, uncovered seeds, washed out seedlings, or even crusted over the soil making germination more difficult. 

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- May 15,2020


 

EDIL Resources             Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- May 8,2020


 

 

Soybean Fertilization      Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- April 20,2020


 Why Is My Wheat Yellow?        Article

This is a common question this time of year, which can include more than one right answer. Right now, wheat is between Feekes 8 to 10, depending on the variety, on when you are reading this article, and what part of the state you are in.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- April 17,2020


 Cares Act        Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- April 13,2020


 Corn Planting          Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- April 6,2020


 Herbicide Wheat          Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- March 30,2020


 Soil Sample Procedures           Audio

Despite the current Covid-19 outbreak, K-State Research and Extension is still accepting and processing soil samples.

 Wendie Powell, Livestock Production Agent

- March 27, 2020


 Insect Scouting in Wheat Starts Now        Article

Nothing loves spring more than insects. Out they crawl from the soil, emerge from their winter cocoons, or fly in from the south. No matter how they come, the green lush wheat fields are awaiting their arrival. Now is the time to start scouting for some of the more winter hardy and early spring emerging insects that are common in the four state area, including the Bird Cherry-Oat Aphid, the Army Cutworm, and the Winter Grain Mite. The Hessian Fly also has it’s spring hatching of brood but normally this pest is dealt with in the fall.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- March 24,2020


Restricted Training        Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- March 23,2020


 

Spring Insects              Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- March 16,2020


 

Tile Drainage      Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- March 9,2020


 

Marestail       Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- March 2,2020


 

Dicamba         Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

-February 24, 2020


 The Hype About Hemp             Article

In April 2018 the Kansas Governor signed a bill that enacted the Alternative Crop Research Act and lead to the production of industrial hemp being legal in Kansas. This bill made Kansas one of 42 states where industrial hemp is legal to grow. The Kansas Department of Agriculture reported that there were 207 growers in 2019. However, these growers faced challenges due to hemp production being new in Kansas and no available information regarding the best practices for growing industrial hemp in the Kansas climate and soils.

Adaven Scronce- Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent

- February 19, 2020


Calibrating Sprayers      Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- February 17, 2020


 Data          Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- February 10, 2020


Top Dress        Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

February 3, 2020


Variety Trials       Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- January 27, 2020


 Common Ag Lease Misunderstandings     Article
January and February is a time when people look at their financials for the year, mostly for taxes, but this often brings up conversations about agricultural leases as well. The majority of landlords and leasers know what the payment terms are for their contracts but don’t realize that there are a number of other inherent terms in the contract as well, ones that are formed by the lease laws of Kansas.

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- January 24, 2020


 Soft Wheat    Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- January 20, 2020


Lease Misconceptions        Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- January 13, 2020


Diacamba       Audio

James Coover, Crop Production Agent

- January 6, 2020