By Audrey Schmitz, Kansas Wheat Communications Intern
All certified wheat seeds produced and sold are tested by the Kansas Crop Improvement Association (KCIA). The certification process and high standards set by members and enforced by KCIA ensure that the seeds are of high quality and suitable for growing by the producer.
Corn is planted and the 2015 growing season is underway. As with any season, Mother Nature is already throwing many farmers a few curve balls. Large rainfall events can be a blessing, but they can cause nitrogen deficiencies in the soil, robbing corn of yield potential.
Last week, (May 19-22, 2015), some wireworm activity was noted in south-central Iowa. Ideally, scouting for wireworms should occur prior to planting because there are no effective rescue treatments. However, most people don’t see the impact this pest can have on a corn stand until corn plants emerge.
By Erick De Wolf and Jeanne Falk Jones, Kansas State University
Stripe rust continues to take its toll on the Kansas wheat crop this year. Spurred on by recent cool, wet weather, the disease is at moderate to severe levels in most areas of the state. The rust pressure is highly variable within many of these regions.
State-owned China National Chemical Corp, better known as ChemChina, is not considering bidding for Monsanto's herbicide business or for Swiss crop chemicals maker Syngenta, a top ChemChina executive told Reuters on Friday.