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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: , , , , |

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: , , , , |

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: , , , , |

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: , , , , , |

Late Season Plant Health Gives Important Clues to Crop Management Decisions

As we head toward the back end of the growing season, there are many clues we can look at to determine whether some of our management decisions this year paid off.  Of course, Mother Nature has a way of laying best laid plans to the side, but we can still learn something from what we [...]

2018-04-24T21:36:33+00:00 August 15th, 2016|Categories: Agronomic, Crops|Tags: , , , , |

Considerations For Double Crop Soybeans

With the recent uptrend in soybean prices, many producers are showing more incentive to plant double crop (DC) soybeans following irrigated wheat this season. Recent rainfall and milder temperatures have allowed many producers to save a significant amount of water during the flowering and grain fill stages of their wheat crop. In southwest and south [...]

2018-04-24T21:21:38+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: Agronomic, Crops, Soybeans, Wheat|Tags: , , , , |

Insect Resistance in Alfalfa

Weed and insect resistance to different kinds of pesticides continues to be a hot topic in agriculture. Most of us are aware of the resistance of glyphosate to a handful of common weeds.  About six years ago we started to see resistance on the alfalfa weevil with commonly used pyrethroid insecticides in alfalfa. Since then, [...]

Cotton: Starting Clean, Keeping Clean

Roundup resistant weeds in cotton have become a major problem, so starting clean is key to finishing clean at harvest. Under conventional till, we need to consider using the old “yellow” herbicides, like trifluralin - preplant incorporated - to help with our weed control. Under no-till & strip-till systems, there are other options for burndown [...]

2018-04-23T22:08:52+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Categories: Agronomic, Cotton, Crops|Tags: , , , , |

CQIQ Part II: More of What We Learned in Oklahoma City

In the last post, CQIQ Part I, we highlighted a few of the topics covered at our annual conference CQIQ (Crop Quest Information Quest).  This post will wrap up the series on major topics discussed during CQIQ. Dr. Jessica Davis, Colorado State University, presented a good review of manure utilization and management during our Thursday [...]

CQIQ Part I: What We Learned in Oklahoma City

Your Crop Quest Agronomist was a little tough to get a hold of during the beginning of November.  We all attended our annual “CQIQ” (Crop Quest Information Quest) Meeting.  This year’s meeting in Oklahoma City, highlighted a variety of agronomic topics, keeping us “up-to-date” on the latest innovations and research in the region. Tuesday’s general [...]

Organic Matter, What Is It & What Does It Do?

I came across an article in the Noble Foundation’s Ag News & Views Newsletter, a number of years ago, that does a very good job of explaining what organic matter actually does in the soil.  Much of this article was taken from that particular article. Most of us have a general sense that organic matter [...]

Teff Grass Production

With the recent dry summers in the Southern Plains, interest in moisture conserving alternative crops has increased. One new forage that has shown great potential in North Central Oklahoma is teff grass. Teff is a summer annual forage native to Ethiopia that is very broadly adapted. It can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, [...]

2018-04-26T15:40:47+00:00 November 1st, 2015|Categories: Agronomic, Crops|Tags: , , , , , |

Early Detection Is Key

Early detection is key - that’s what we are always told by doctors. After my summer internship with Crop Quest, one thing I learned is that early detection is key in agronomy as well. Within what seems like the blink of an eye, a small issue can go from hard to find to a yield [...]