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Stacy Campbell: Late-season wheat disease: Fusarium Head Blight

Fusarium head blight (head scab) is most common in eastern and central Kansas. The disease is rare in western Kansas, where dry conditions generally suppress disease development. However, it has shown up in many fields this week in our area and I am hearing further west as well. Some quick...
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Survey pinpoints cheapest diesel in Russell

(RUSSELL, KS) You could be saving up to $0.18 per gallon on diesel in Russell, according to a recent price survey. The survey looked at prices across the greater Russell area, and found that the cheapest gallon of diesel as of Tuesday was $2.98, at Westside Propane & Convenience at 616 W Wichita Ave . By comparison, the most expensive was $3.16, listed at 24/7 Travel Store at 1415 S Fossil St.
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Stacy Campbell: Don’t forget about Chinch bugs after wheat harvest

In the last 3 to 5 years now there have been problems with chinch bugs coming out of mature wheat fields and feeding on the small grain sorghum and forage sorghum plants after wheat harvest. The overwintered adults emerge in early spring and fly into small grains where they mate...
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Berny Unruh: Kansas Seniors Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program

Low-income Kansas seniors may be eligible for a program that provides KSFMNP checks for unprocessed fruits and vegetables and honey from local farmers in Ellis County. To be eligible to receive Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers, the following criteria must be met:. Age: A senior must be 60...
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Rich Weber: The wheatfield

There’s a wheat field across the road from where I live, the burgeoning crop resting on the rippled land like an enormous plush green carpet. It’s the first thing I see in the morning when I look out the east window. The field has given me many hours of peaceful...
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Researchers report shattercane resistance

Kansas State University researchers recently reported that shattercane, a grass weed found in grain-sorghum fields, is showing resistance to herbicides designed to stem its growth. Vipan Kumar, a weed scientist at the Kansas State University’s Agricultural Research Center in Hays, Kansas, said the findings are particularly important as producers decide...
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Extension sets annual Ellis County wheat plot tour for May 25

Wheat growers can make plans to attend the Ellis County Wheat Variety Plot Field Day conducted by the Cottonwood Extension District on May 25 beginning at 6 p.m. Come hear what extension specialist have to say about each variety. There is always something in the plot to see and learn from, whether it is about the individual varieties, insects or diseases that are sometimes spotted in the plot.
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News From the Oil Patch: Gasoline prices highest in six years

Monday's gasoline prices are the highest in six years at over $3.04 per gallon. The auto club AAA says analysts expected three-dollar gas leading up to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline brought a spike weeks ahead of the holiday. The average across Kansas was up seven cents a gallon from a week ago. In Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, where supplies were strained due to the pipeline shutdown, prices jumped as much as 21 cents in matter of days. With the pipeline back in operation, Triple-A says prices in these states and the national average have stabilized since the end of last week.
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Stacy Campbell: Cottonwood District Wheat Demonstration Plot Field Days – May 25th

Farmers mark your calendars and make plans to attend the Cottonwood Extension District Wheat Plot Field Days being held on Tuesday, May 25th. The Barton County field day will begin at 8:30 a.m. donuts and refreshments will be provided courtesy of sponsors. All interested people are invited to attend. RSVP appreciated by Friday, May 21, call Brenda 620-793-1910 or email bwalton@ksu.edu.
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CAMPBELL: Stripe rust update

The cooler wet weather has been good for our wheat, but also very conducive for a fungus in wheat called stripe rust. Late last week and early this week. I have been able to find trace to low amounts of stripe rust mainly in the lower canopy in susceptible varieties in both Ellis and Barton Counties. As I am writing this article, I strongly suspect that stripe rust will continue to increase, especially given the extended weather forecast. So scouting your wheat fields is advised.
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Former professor predicts shift to local food systems, COVID hastened process

A former professor of agriculture economics told a Kansas food conference Friday the pandemic has shown the current food system is not sustainable and is headed for change. John Ikerd, professor emeritus of ag economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia, presented to the Local Food Connections virtual conference, which was sponsored by the Kansas Rural Center.
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FHSU’s Scarborough advocates for agriculture and builds career

Four years ago, Sathena Scarborough climbed on board the Fort Hays State University Admissions’ Nebraska bus trip, beginning a journey that would help her step outside her comfort zone and find her college home in Hays. This spring, her work with the Ellis and Trego County Farm Bureaus earned them...
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News From the Oil Patch: Feb. cold snap more costly than reported

The Arctic cold blast that swept through the southern U.S. in February caused a much bigger loss in oil supply than previously estimated, with output falling to a three-year low. A report from the Energy Information Administration shows drillers cut production by almost 1.2 million barrels per day in February, a much bigger hit than previously reported. U.S. production for February was down 10 percent from January, and was 22% lower than a year earlier. The cold snap shut down the power grid and other infrastructure including a brief shutdown at the HollyFrontier refinery in El Dorado February 18, according to reports under the refinery's current Consent Decree. The EIA report shows a big drop in Kansas output in February as well. Production averaged 66,000 barrels per day, a 12% drop from January and 25% lower than February of 2020.
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Stacy Campbell: Stripe rust distribution and risk assessment

With the wheat crop soon moving into the flag leaf stage in our area, now is a critical time to assess the need for a foliar fungicide application. Scouting efforts from across Kansas have reported several new occurrences of stripe rust this week, although incidence remains extremely low in many counties such as Russell, Ellsworth, Saline, Rice, and Geary. At the time of writing this I have not seen any stripe rust yet in Ellis County.
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Stacy Campbell: How much fertilizer can safely be placed with seed?

All fertilizers are salts and can cause germination problems if too much is placed with the seed. Too much fertilizer may inhibit germination completely, which results in a loss of stand. In other instances, too much fertilizer placed with the seed may simply delay germination, or it may result in weak seedlings with poorly developed root systems. In either case, the affected seedlings will be at a competitive disadvantage and a loss of yield potential may result.