MU cropping strategies for drought
Producers can take steps to reduce the impact of drought, should we face another shortage of rainfall in 2013, says a University of Missouri plant scientist.
Strategies to mitigate drought include diversifying crops and varieties, said Rob Myers, adjunct associate professor at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Give your trees a break from drought
With water as the single most important resource for tree survival and growth, the Kansas drought conditions the past couple years have been less than favorable for both young and mature trees throughout the state.
Light rains not enough to sustain cool season forages
“No rain. No snow. No grass. No hay,” said Mike McClintock, Boone County Extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.“If most of them put a pencil to what they have spent, they would sell out. It's just plain tough on them.”
One mitigating factor has been the relatively mild temperatures, said Don Hubbell, director of the Livestock and Forestry Station in Batesville. Cold weather means the cattle need more calories to stay warm.
Wheat pasture prospects fading fast
No significant rain has fallen in Oklahoma in over two weeks. Last week’s Crop Progress showed that 25 percent of Oklahoma wheat was in good condition and 61 percent was fair with only 12 percent poor or very poor. Though the wheat crop in 2011 was planted later, the crop condition at the end of October was substantially better than this year.
Dry soils, poor emergence may require replanting
Wheat emergence has been very slow this year in some areas of Kansas because of dry soil conditions, said Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist.
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Fall is a good time to do some soil testing
Fall is a good time to soil test fields that will be planted to crops next spring. So once you have the beans, milo and corn out of the fields and the wheat put in the ground, take a little time and pull some soil samples on your fields. You can also make weather-related harvest or planting delays productive by going out and pulling a soil sample or two. The soil doesn’t have to be completely dry for a routine sample, but of course you have to be able to at least walk across the field.
Consider legumes into soil tests
If you’ve sent a pasture or hay soil test through your University of Missouri Extension Center, you’ve been asked what kind of forage you have. Pat Miller, area Extension agronomy specialist, recommends that next time, before you answer, think about whether you have a legume in there and how much of it there is, or do you want to add a legume. These things make quite a difference in the fertilizer and lime recommendation.
Kansas wheat conditions good for now
Rain falling in Kansas last weekend improved the status of the 2013 wheat crop, but much more precipitation is needed to sustain the wheat crop through the winter months.
Ag pesticide disposal sites set in Oklahoma
Oklahoma agricultural producers, commercial and non-commercial applicators and pesticide dealers can get rid of unwanted pesticides in November, courtesy of the Oklahoma Unwanted Pesticide Disposal Program.
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