Rain Brings Hope Across the High Plains

What a Change! After a prolonged severe drought across the High Plains, we have been blessed with some very beneficial rains.  For the most part, the rains have been slow soaking and have helped replenish the soil profile.  We went from a dire situation to having hope for a good summer crop in a short [...]

2023-06-09T20:19:55+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|

Nitrogen Cycle Hiccups & A Lot Of Drying

STILLWATER, OK - Normally this time of year the nitrogen and wheat seed is flowing. But the dry spell has a lot of the central plains wheat producers in a holding pattern. And right now many of the grain only producers are looking at soil test results to help make nutrient plans for Oct sown [...]

Head Scab (Fusarium Head Blight) in Wheat

Fusarium Head Blight, commonly known as Head Scab, is one of the most common and economically important diseases in wheat production in North America. Head scab is caused by a fungal pathogen that can overwinter on infected crop residue and cause significant yield losses in a field if not managed correctly. The fungus produces spores in warm, [...]

2021-10-07T14:22:20+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|

Wheat Streak Mosaic Management in Southwest Kansas

Throughout the year, we look to our Agronomists and Precision Ag Specialists for their expertise and input on providing timely and knowledgeable articles to our customers and industry leaders via our electronic newsletter. Every summer, we challenge our Interns to do the same. We award up to 5 scholarships per year for winning articles. The [...]

2021-08-26T20:46:32+00:00Categories: Growing Wheat, Uncategorized|

Common Rust and Southern Rust

Common rust can often be confused with southern rust, especially when they are not occurring side-by-side on the same leaf. They both produce rusty looking pustules on the leaves, however, southern rust is extremely aggressive and most destructive under favorable high temperature-high humidity conditions. In the span of a week, it can take over [...]

2021-07-13T23:49:38+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|

COVID-19 Funding & Resources for Farmers & Ranchers

A Message from Crop Quest President, Dwight Koops We are experiencing strange times right now. Attempting to run a farm as normal, does not remove all the noise there is around this COVID-19 pandemic. The domino effect to our economy is affecting everyone, including agriculture. There is great uncertainty around markets, supplies, commodity price trends, [...]

2020-05-04T14:56:39+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|

Automated Cattle Counting With Drone Feedlot Inventory Services

Automated cattle counting with drones saves time and is more accurate. Managing cattle inventory and reconciling yard sheets plays a major role in any feedyard operation. Whether you’re an accountant needing a feedlot audit, a lender requiring a cattle inspection, changing yard managers or transitioning ownership of a feedyard, capturing cattle inventory is critical. However, [...]

2021-12-15T20:16:30+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|

InfoAg – Capturing Innovative Ideas

The first InfoAg conference was held in 1995. In 2001, I attended my first conference as a fresh hire at Crop Quest.  It seems like a long time ago, but I can still remember the excitement that came with it. Precision Ag was in its infancy and there was always something new to discover. But then again, I suppose that's the nature of being on the cutting edge. There [...]

2020-04-30T16:17:31+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Agriculture – The Pot of Gold No One Told You About

Did you realize that agriculture is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? That question may have you shaking your head in complete disbelief. However, there are people and companies out there that think just that. Ever since Monsanto bought Climate Corp. for nearly ONE BILLION DOLLARS, every venture capitalist investment firm [...]

2020-06-01T23:39:12+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2020-10-21T14:22:50+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|

Tough Times Bring Tough Decisions

Utilize common sense and new technology to your advantage. Tough economic times tends to tighten everyone's belt, and that is when farmers need to be aware of how they separate the necessary from the unnecessary. With so many products on the market today all claiming that your crop can’t do without them, it’s difficult to [...]

2020-04-30T18:12:59+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|

Making Production Decisions In A Lower Commodity Price Environment

Over the past few years, we have gotten accustomed to selling corn in the $5.00 to $7.00 range. These higher prices allowed us to take a little higher risk approach to push yields goals higher than what we normally might. Through this process, we learn quicker whether there is an adequate return on investment for [...]

2020-05-04T17:24:06+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Trends in Agriculture

As we begin a new year, we take time to reflect on what has been, and what may be coming.  2014 proved to be a pretty good year for producers across the country.  A pretty solid wheat crop was harvested, despite some chronic drought conditions over the western high plains.  The corn and soybean crop [...]

2020-05-04T17:36:33+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Land Price Outlook

Rich Pottorff is the Chief Economist for Doane Advisory Services, a leader in Ag Analysis. He has a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and 35 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting business. He was also our guest writer for the Commodity Price Outlook 2014 article. Rich not only covers commodity prices, but has [...]

2020-04-29T20:58:14+00:00Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |
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