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Keep An Eye On Winter Wheat For Stripe Rust

I have seen some reports that stripe rust is showing up on unsprayed winter wheat along the Nebraska-Kansas border. Still a long ways south and in a wetter area than us, but take note. Southerly winds can bring rust spores from Nebraska & Kansas north to us. Stripe rust likes the cool nights, so would be the first rust disease to appear.

USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

USDA Office of Communications sent this bulletin at 04/16/2015 03:00 PM EDT

Release No. 0099.15
Contact: Office of Communications (202)720-4623

USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation

Emerging Wheat and Frost Damage

I have gotten a couple calls this morning on evaluating wheat and maybe other small grains that were emerging with the frost damage last night. Although we were very cold last night, I want everyone to use caution in making quick assessments as to how damaged small grains were. Here are some thoughts:

Crystallization of liquid fertilizers

Just a quick reminder about liquid fertilizers sitting out in planters or tenders. With the cold temperatures, we could see some crystallization of some of the liquid fertilizer products. Nucleus O-Phos, the 100% orthophosphate fertilizer from Helena, for example, will start to form crystals at temperatures above freezing, like 38°F.

Fall Applied Kochia Control

It is very easy to already see the kochia control of fall applied herbicides. In this field sprayed last fall you can see kochia growing on the left of the picture while nothing is coming on the right side that was sprayed.