What can we expect this season? It’s impossible to know for sure at this time. Infestations in 2017 were sporadic, and most issues were late season. But in 2016, sugarcane aphids were a significant problem on grain sorghum in most southern states. Activity is light now, but can change quickly.
Post-harvest weed control in wheat stubble is very important to conserve soil moisture and prevent weeds from going to seed and adding to the weed seedbank. Thin wheat and recent rains will likely require earlier and more intensive weed management efforts this year than in some years.
Poultry litter should serve as an excellent complement to commercial nitrogen (N) fertilizers. Phosphorus (P) content in poultry litter is usually high, and applications rates should be based on P levels to avoid potential surface water contamination.
Kansas State University crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth is back to respond to a multitude of questions he's been getting about late-season insect problems in grain sorghum, and the best strategies for contending with them...most notably, sugarcane aphids and the sorghum headworm.
Addressing a gathering of the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil & Healthy Water, Russell Hedrick of Hickory, N.C., shares a presentation on the impacts on water quality that can be realized by utilizing regenerative ag practices, such as growing cover crops, reducing soil disturbance, maintaining soil armor, and integrating livestock.
Finding solutions to the problems farmers face is what inspired Harry and Etta Yetter to open a small machine shop in west central Illinois in the 1930s. Today, four generations later, Yetter continues the tradition of solving agricultural problems to meet the needs of producers all over the world.
Needham Ag understands the role of technology in making better use of limited resources within a specific environment by drawing on a wealth of global experience to overcome the challenges facing today's farmers, manufacturers and dealers.