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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 [...]

Start Clean, Stay Clean. The Key to Successful Season-Long Weed Control

The time of year is rapidly approaching when producers should start thinking about protecting their farms with burndown and pre-emerge herbicides. All the moisture received across the High Plains in the last few months will contribute to early weed emergence. The idea of starting clean and staying clean is crucial to a successful farming operation. [...]

New Dicamba Rules Coming For 2018 Include TRAINING and CERTIFICATION

The long-awaited genes that have been bred into soybeans and cotton to allow the use of dicamba over-the-top of these crops got off to a rocky start in 2017.  Whether all the cases of ‘off-site’ dicamba damage were truly from the increased use of dicamba during the growing season, the EPA and the states are [...]

2019-01-15T22:49:52+00:00November 15th, 2017|Categories: Growing Cotton, Growing Soybeans, Integrated Pest Management|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 [...]

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: , , |

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 [...]

Making The Most Of Your Herbicides

Controlling weeds is becoming a difficult and expensive task. A common assumption made when a group of weeds are not killed by a herbicide application is that the weeds are resistant. While weed herbicide resistance is unfortunately common, other factors can play a role. The weather is a huge variable in farming which directly affects [...]

2019-01-15T22:43:21+00:00September 15th, 2016|Categories: Agronomic, Cover Crop, Growing Soybeans, Integrated Pest Management, Weeds|Tags: , |

Prevent Spider Mites, Don’t Fight Them

Spider mites, both the Banks Grass Mite and the Two-Spotted Spider Mite, thrive in hot and dry climates.  With this being said, corn producers in southwest Kansas can almost count on finding mites in the field year after year.  However, after a summer where this region of the country has experienced extremely high amounts of [...]

Rootworm Strategies

June is the typical month for scouting western corn rootworm larvae in continuous corn fields of the high plains. Agronomists understand the damage that this pest can cause, and many hours are spent digging to examine the deep and brace roots for any signs of rootworm larvae feeding. Early detection is key to minimizing damage [...]

Dealing With Pill Bugs In No-till Soybeans

Pill bugs have become an issue in south central Kansas as we have transitioned away from tillage into no-till on our irrigated fields. Excess residue on the soil surface has created a perfect environment for pill bugs to thrive.  Pill bugs like moisture and cover, as they do not like to be exposed to direct [...]

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, [...]

Selecting Postemerge Herbicides

As crops, and of course weeds begin to emerge this spring, many producers may not be aware of the process their Crop Quest Agronomist uses to select appropriate herbicides for control of these weeds. There are a multitude of questions that need to be answered before a particular herbicide and timing of application can be [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]