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Soil Testing Methods

Tyler Gardner, American Agricultural Laboratory While soil testing is frequently overshadowed by newer and more exciting areas of crop production, it remains an integral component of maximum yield production. The particular methods used to obtain soil nutrient levels are often overlooked by producers when choosing a consulting service and agricultural laboratory, and the [...]

2017-09-25T19:29:16+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Fertility|Tags: , , , , |

Pasture Recovery After Grassfire

The change that has occurred in the burned pastures of Southwest Kansas, Oklahoma, and the Texas Panhandle since March has been nothing less than spectacular.  The initial loss of livestock, wildlife, fences, buildings and homes is being replaced with the hope of this land returning to full production. From a distance, you would never know [...]

2017-09-15T13:16:27+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Crops|Tags: , , , , |

The Importance of Managing Potassium Deficiency in Cotton

Cotton can be a tricky plant to manage. Unlike most other row crops in the US, it is an indeterminate, perennial plant farmed like an annual through the use of plant growth regulator hormones (PGR). PGRs are used to attempt to shut down or slow the vegetative growth of the cotton and force it into [...]

2018-04-18T16:56:44+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Cotton|Tags: , , , , |

Controlling Volunteer Wheat

As wheat planting season approaches, a couple important questions arise.  When should we kill the volunteer wheat, and how soon before drilling?  Volunteer wheat needs to be controlled at least two weeks prior to drilling.  This should eliminate the majority of pests that are using the volunteer wheat as a host.  Producers may not have [...]

2017-08-14T20:05:04+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Managing Resistance Requires Multitude of Tools

If you are involved in agriculture, you have been inundated with information about resistance management. Most of the conversation is centered around herbicide and insecticide resistance that is occurring due to the ability of plants and insects to adapt over time to repeated applications of a similar active ingredient.  Many of the issues we deal [...]

2017-07-25T20:16:43+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Weeds|Tags: , , , , |

Start Preparing For Your 2018 Wheat Crop – Now!

Wheat harvest will wrap up shortly across the High Plains.  It was an interesting year.  A dry fall and winter was followed by an unusually wet spring.  Late freeze and snow events added to the roller coaster that is growing wheat! As you prepare for sowing wheat again this fall, it is time to look [...]

2018-04-26T15:40:46+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

What Is The Cost Of Saving Your Own Wheat Seed?

Many producers plan on saving back some wheat for seed.  This is partially a cost saving decision.  But the question is whether it truly is cheaper to save your own seed vs buying certified seed. Starting with a good quality clean seed at planting is one of the most important things we do.  We very [...]

2018-04-18T16:49:09+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Crops, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

How Split Applications Are Evolving

Recently I was asked to contribute to an article Precision Ag Professional was putting together.  The point of view from the corn belt on split applications was interesting.  I was a little surprised at the implied low number of split applications being made in the corn belt since this is a well-established practice under a [...]

Defining a Comprehensive Crop Consultant

In addition to traditional crop input decisions, Crop Quest customers utilize their consultant to help make extensive crop planning decisions centered around technology and biotechnology tools.  The growth in the collection and use of data is changing the way decisions are made on the farm.  With all these advancements, Crop Quest is growing right along [...]

2018-04-25T12:56:57+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic|Tags: , , , , |

When Average Won’t Cut It – Variable Rate Soygreen Application

The current commodity prices have growers everywhere going through their crop budgets with a fine-toothed comb.  Finding a trusted advisor to make sure expenses are managed properly is important in this environment.  With slim margins, average isn't going to cut it in 2017.  It's going to take exceptional management during these difficult times to sustain [...]

2018-04-24T22:02:13+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Precision Agriculture|Tags: , , , , |

Monitoring Water Use Through Water Meter Log

It appears that we are heading into a drier than normal spring across the High Plains, and the long-term weather forecast is for normal to below normal precipitation this summer.  So, what else is new! Many irrigators are already utilizing a portion of their water allotment to fill the moisture profile prior to planting, and [...]

Ecology On The Farm

Logan McGarrah, Crop Quest Agronomist Sustainability, sustainability, susta….. I’m sure you’ve heard this buzz word around the farm shows and producer meetings lately. Considering the environmental impact of production decisions is not new to Crop Quest however. Do you remember the first time you met your Crop Quest Agronomist? You probably remember receiving [...]

2018-04-24T22:00:11+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Crops|Tags: , , , , |

Managing Wheat This Spring

Well, it’s that time of year again! Spring time is quickly approaching and we are starting to see a green up in our winter wheat crops. An overall general statement would be that the wheat crop so far is looking pretty average in comparison to other years. It is very hard to make money on [...]

2017-03-01T08:00:34+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Crops, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Burndown Herbicides

Herbicides play a major role when it comes to controlling weeds, while protecting the environment. By knowing what to expect from different herbicides, a weed control program can be put in place that meets the goals of each farm, both from an economic as well as an environmental standpoint. There are two broad categories of herbicides, [...]

2018-04-24T21:50:40+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Weeds|Tags: , , , , |

Fertility Requirements of Alfalfa Production

Alfalfa production in Southwest Kansas is a profitable crop. Initial seed costs are comparable with corn, but when amortized out for a five to seven year stand, costs are around $20 per acre per year.  Furthermore, since alfalfa is a legume crop, nitrogen fertilizer is not required for production, assuming seed was inoculated and nodules [...]

2018-04-26T15:40:47+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Alfalfa, Crops|Tags: , , , , , |