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ISSUE DATE: 05/04/2009

Don't bug out when it comes to crop seeding

Insect control begins with effective crop scouting. Producers who do their scouting need to make the most of their limited time in the field. Jeff Whitworth, Kansas State University Extension entomologist, Bob Wright, University of Nebraska research and Extension entomologist, and Wayne Bailey, University of Missouri Extension entomologist, provide some useful advice for scouting your crops this growing season.

Wheat

Wheat growers have been in the field already scouting for insects. Whitworth said, in the fall, wheat farmers scout their crop to ensure a good stand and, in the spring, they scout to protect their yield.

"In the fall, producers want to make sure they don't have aphids that could be transmitting barley yellow dwarf, fall armyworms, or Hessian fly," Whitworth said.

These insects can reduce the hardiness of the plant and make the plants susceptible to winterkill.

The late winter/early spring pests to worry about in wheat are aphids, bird cherry-oat aphids and green bugs. In Kansas, traditionally, green bugs have been a problem but in the last six or seven years, as far as wheat goes, they have not been a problem. The bird cherry-oat aphids have become more of a problem in recent years.


NEWS

AFBF appeals pesticide ruling, disappointed EPA not doing so
AFBF calls for removal of ban on Cuba travel
AFBF to Obama: Mexico sanctions for trucking hurt U.S. ag
AFBF: Market-oriented focus needed in climate change bill
AFR sponsors successful Eggs & Issues Breakfast in Elk City
After salmonella, Georgia officials defend inspectors
AgriLife researchers tackling root rot, drought, biofuels
Argentine farmers halt grain, beef sales
Bills would ban restaurant trans fats
Black farmers: USDA will review civil rights complaints
Blizzard conditions close roads in Southern Plains
China court upholds death sentences in milk scandal
Congressman Boswell holds hearing on the state of the farm economy
Equipping ranchers to be innovative leaders in land management and conservation
Get your business started with bootstrap financing
Harkin, Thune, Johnson introduce bipartisan legislation to promote biofuel pipelines
Kansas responds to Texas threat of NBAF lawsuit
Legislators push to secure loan resources for farmers as Greeley bank closure, economy take their to
Lummis co-sponsors landmark agriculture, open space conservation bill
Many Minnesota farmers will play catch-up this spring
NFU delegates outline energy and climate change priorities
NFU delegates urge action on TRADE Act
Oklahoma State University agriculture students to be awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships
OSU's Karen Hickman adds to list of accomplishments
PLC applauds Congressional letter on the Endangered Species Act
PLC, NCBA meet with agriculture secretary
Project helps Guatemalan farmers with ag, horticultural needs
Rabobank releases new farm and ranch confidence survey
Reng awarded for classroom innovation
Senate vote on death tax relief a win for NCBA members
Study-abroad course benefiting range students
Swine flu causing sweating and nausea in Washington, D.C.
U.S. ag trade to Cuba continues upswing despite turbulent economic conditions
Vilsack calls for new civil rights era at USDA
Wheat Scoop: Can trade with Cuba be far behind?

CROPS

Advanced workshop for wine-grape growers April 27 in Frederickburg
Balancing cotton varieties on the farm is key
Deadline extended for specialty crop grant proposals
Don't "bug out" when it comes to crop scouting
Drought tolerant seeds: What's the future?
Farmers turning to rotation crops
Fungicide is vital to intensive wheat management
June UNL Water Tour examines California Bay-Delta
National Arboretum unveils first solar-powered irrigation system
NCBA asks administration to oppose increase in ethanol blend percentage
New systems to track, diagnose pathogens minimize damage
NSA hosts "Pipas Marketing Seminar" in Spain
Planting season poses Nebraska roadway dangers
Plants use 'genetic bag of tricks' to reinvent themselves, research shows
Prospective wine-grape grower workshop April 28 in Fredericksburg
Texas wheat program suffers two-year setback from freeze
Tools of the trade
U.S. Soybean Federation announces new officers, state affiliate
USDA seeks public comments, project proposals for CCPI

LIVESTOCK

85 percent approval for American lamb promotion
Beef Checkoff hosts protein webinars
Contestants in June 13 WLAC expect high level of competition at LMA's 46th annual contest
First graduating class of Beef Advocates
Japan prime target for U.S. middle meat promotions
K-State researchers studying best forages for cattle in southeast Kansas
Learning fresh off the farm
Producer input needed for a proposed mobile animal harvest facility in southeast Colorado
Red Angus Juniors to experience livestock handling clinic
Rustlers keeping special cattle rangers busy
SD dairy farmers look to bright future
Sebelius vetoes milk labeling bill, protects consumers
South Korea to respond to Canada's move on beef at WTO
Ticks, other factors tied to cattle, deer deaths
Virginia slaughterhouse links local meat, consumers

EDITOR

Back on the farm
Political self-preservation

COLUMNS

A limestone foundation
Ecodrum Composter
Hay Anchor
Just a scoop full
Putting a face on animal activism
Smart enough to know better

MARKETS

Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache cattle sales report
Arkansas livestock sales report
Clovis cattle sales report
Clovis livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock sales report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Farmers enjoy five productive days
Field progress slows with cooler temps
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Grain bids lower
Grain market close
Hay trade mixed, most sales steady
Hay trade slow
Joplin feeder cattle sales
McAlester livestock auction report
North Platte cattle sales
OKC West cattle sales
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock sales report
Sioux Falls sheep sales
South Central direct sheep
Spring planting progresses with favorable weather
Springfield livestock auction report
St. Joseph feeder pigs
St. Onge livestock sales
Tulia livestock sale report
Warm temperatures help spring growth
Warm weather helps spring fieldwork advance
Warmer temperatures seen
Weather helps corn planting advance
Weather helps planting, tillage progress
West Plains livestock sales
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

CRP summits planned to help producers
Ranch Stewardship Live to feature livestock, range clinics
Youth Range Camp set for June 8 to 12

FAMILY

"Healthy cooking with spices and herbs" focus of OSU Extension workshop
Adding antiquest to the garden
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Communication issues
Distinguished Marlow has many features, space
Do you know the real difference between a raspberry and a blackberry?
Energy efficient landscape can help ease utility bills
FFA Academic All-State announced
Guymon a weeklong home to ProRodeo's very best
High tunnel extends growing season with tulips
Hypoxylon canker of oaks
It's more than a name for Etbauer, already a champ
Meditation for 5-4-09
More than 5,000 students attend Tarleton FFA Invitational
National association to host state meeting for Oklahoma forest landowners
NMSU nutrition educator recognized for her work
NRCS accepts applications to fund wildlife habitat protection projects
Oklahoma's Richest Rodeo heads to Guymon May 1 to 3
Older windbreaks may need renovation
OSU's Tom Hennessey receives national forestry honor
Pocatello could lose national finals rodeo
Sedgwick County Extension agent urges gardeners to 'Plant a Row for the Hungry'
Upcoming K-State horticultural events

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