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The Importance of an Ag Partnership

As a farmer, it is easy to get frustrated in this profession knowing the risk you take everyday to run and grow a successful operation.  And, sometimes it seems that what we do is mundane or is underappreciated, and with commodity prices perpetually in the dumps, just not “worth it”.  Well, that was cheery!  But, [...]

2019-04-03T21:25:34+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Agronomic, Culture|

A New Tool in Insect Resistance Management

Battling resistance is rapidly becoming one of the most challenging hurdles facing agriculture. Often the term resistance is associated with weeds and the herbicides that no longer control them. The challenge is just as real with insect populations becoming resistant to traditional insecticides. The industry is also seeing regulatory bodies putting pressure on widely utilized [...]

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+00:00October 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Crop Fertilizers|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 [...]

2019-01-11T21:33:51+00:00September 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Growing Wheat|

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 [...]

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 [...]

2019-01-11T22:31:32+00:00August 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Crop Disease, Crop Insects, Growing Corn (Maize), Growing 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

2019-01-15T22:56:24+00:00April 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Crop Irrigation|Tags: |

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+00:00March 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic|

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 [...]

2019-01-11T21:33:50+00:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Growing Wheat|

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, [...]

2019-01-15T22:43:20+00:00February 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Integrated Pest Management, 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 [...]

Rotate Your Preplant – Preemerge Corn Herbicide Chemistry For Better Control

We all know the importance of mixing different modes of actions in post emerge herbicide programs. One area of corn herbicide management that is easy to neglect is to stay on a consistent rotation of early corn herbicides that are used preplant or preemerge. We are all creatures of habit and resist change. When we [...]

Phosphate Fertilizers

Most farmers understand the importance of nitrogen fertilizers in relation to yield, but many do not fully realize the importance of phosphorus fertilizers in maximizing yields and improving fertilizer uptake efficiencies. Phosphorus fertilizers are the second most important fertilizers for many crops throughout the High Plains.  Unlike nitrogen which is a mobile nutrient, phosphate ions [...]