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Army Cutworms in Alfalfa – Agronomy Tip

Crop Quest President & Agronomist, Dwight Koops, digging for cutworms. The season has kicked off with warmer temperatures allowing alfalfa to break for many and wheat is putting on new tillers – especially on some of the later planted wheat fields.   Unfortunately, these warmer temperatures are making army cutworms active as well. These [...]

2020-04-29T17:39:01+00:00March 6th, 2020|Categories: Controlling Crop Insects, Growing Alfalfa, Growing Wheat|

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 [...]

2020-04-29T17:51:34+00:00September 15th, 2017|Categories: Growing Wheat|

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 [...]

Preparing For Your Next 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Jointing and First Hollow Stem in Wheat Production

In much of the Crop Quest trade area, wheat is considered a dual purpose crop.  It can be utilized for grazing and grain. The wheat is drilled earlier in the season if going for grazing only and planted at a higher seeding rate to provide plenty of forage for cattle during the winter months. When [...]

2020-04-29T18:11:10+00:00October 1st, 2015|Categories: Growing Wheat|

Wheat Seeding Rates – Pounds or Seeds?

As producers begin to make preparations for fall seeding of winter wheat, one of the decisions to be made is how much seed to plant per acre. Those who may still be planting by pounds or bushels per acre may want to consider a different approach. They may want to set their drill to deliver [...]

2020-04-29T18:30:36+00:00September 1st, 2015|Categories: Growing Wheat|Tags: , , , |

Improve Winter Wheat Stands with Seed Treatments

Winter wheat planting time is rapidly approaching. Now is the time to evaluate your seed supply for its quality. Having seed cleaned to eliminate the light test weight kernels is a good idea. If the germination rate is low (less than 90%) you may want to use a seed treatment to increase the survivability rate [...]

2020-04-29T18:30:44+00:00September 1st, 2015|Categories: Controlling Crop Insects, Growing Wheat|Tags: , , , |

Recent Rains Bring Hope for Summer Crops

The High Plains have experienced an extended drought for the past number of years.  Lower than average precipitation has plagued some areas for over a decade.  Years like 2011 and 2012 rivaled some of the dry, hot years of the 1930’s and 1950’s.  Recently, the weather pattern has been a little more tolerable, and soaking [...]

Scout Early for Stripe Rust in Wheat

Stripe rust is caused by the fungus Puccinia striiformis and is one of the most prevalent and destructive diseases of wheat in the world.  It has caused major losses in wheat crops around the world for many decades, and it continues to be a problem.  Kansas wheat losses from Stripe Rust have been reported up [...]

2019-01-15T22:45:21+00:00October 15th, 2014|Categories: Controlling Crop Diseases, Growing Wheat|Tags: |

Phosphorus an Important Nutrient for Successful Wheat Production

Phosphorus is a vital nutrient for wheat and other small grain production.  In many ways it is even more important than nitrogen.  We always think of nitrogen as the nutrient that allows plants to grow vigorously, and get the crop off to a good start, but without proper phosphorus levels, adequate or excess nitrogen will [...]

Topdressing Wheat

Winter chill hangs in the air, but it’s not too soon to plan for topdressing. Today, we are focusing on the why, when and how of topdressing wheat. Topdressing is the process of adding a second round of nitrogen during late dormancy to early green up, compensating for any deficiencies and giving wheat an extra [...]

2020-04-29T18:14:03+00:00January 1st, 2014|Categories: Crop Fertilizers, Growing Wheat|Tags: |
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