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Growing Crops with Small Irrigation Wells

There is some difference of opinion as to what constitutes small irrigation wells and being a relative term is open for interpretation.  However, anytime the capacity of irrigation is unable to match the crop’s evapotranspiration rate, challenges of a small well are apparent. Some strategies for maximizing water use and reducing risk with small wells [...]

2019-07-08T15:54:36+00:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Crop Irrigation, Planting|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 [...]

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 [...]

Diversifying Weed Control

One of the most effective weed control strategies, but is often overlooked, is cultural weed control. This method is often the most economical form of weed control because it can be as simple as adjusting practices that are already in place. In my opinion, six of the most common approaches include using narrower rows higher [...]

2013 Crop Season In Review

The 2013 growing season has been interesting to say the least.  Variable may be a good summarization of the year. Drought conditions continued to dominate a good portion of the High Plains through the spring and early summer.  While central and eastern parts of Kansas and Oklahoma experienced more normal precipitation early in the growing [...]

2019-01-18T20:10:24+00:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Agronomic|Tags: |

The Importance of Phosphorus Fertilizer in Wheat

Next to nitrogen, phosphorus is the most important nutrient needed by a wheat crop.  Phosphorus (P) is vital for plant development starting when wheat is just a seedling and continuing all the way to maturity.  Besides playing a role in the quality and formation of seeds, this nutrient helps ensure uniform heading, faster maturity and [...]

Winter Wheat Management

As wheat harvest is wrapping up over a good portion of the country, “it’s not too early to start thinking about your wheat seed needs for this fall,” states Dwight Koops, Crop Quest President.  In some areas there may be shortages of seed wheat due to adverse growing conditions this past season over the High [...]