As temperatures rise and winter wheat breaks dormancy, Syngenta recommends growers keep a close eye on their crops to identify early signs of disease that may reduce grain quality and yield potential. Being proactive and timely with scouting and product applications will help keep pests at bay and profit potential high.
By Martin Nagelkirk, Michigan State University Extension
Early spring is the time wheat growers implement nitrogen (N) fertilization strategies. This means estimating the amount of N needed and estimating how much of the N might be lost due to excessive rainfall and saturated soils.
By Rothamsted Research and University of Nottingham
Scientists from the University of Nottingham and Rothamsted Research, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC, have found that exposure of wheat to both a fungal pathogen and an insect pest allows the fungal disease to thrive.
An international team of scientists led by Eduard Akhunov, Ph.D., of Kansas State University has created the first haplotype map of wheat that provides detailed description of genetic differences in a worldwide sample of wheat lines.
Kansas State University officials are hailing a recent partnership with food giant General Mills as a win-win proposition that ultimately will benefit the state’s farmers and consumers worldwide. The two groups have formed a research agreement to develop wheat varieties with improved nutritional, milling and baking qualities.
Monsanto Company has entered into a settlement agreement with wheat farmers in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi that resolves a number of lawsuits related to the May 2013 discovery of genetically-modified wheat on a farm in Eastern Oregon and subsequent temporary limits on certain exports of soft white wheat.
Kochia was in the process of emerging on March 10 in a field near Tribune, Kan. With windblown kochia plants rolling across the countryside, seeds have been widely distributed. Hopefully many producers have residual herbicides in place to prevent emergence of kochia.