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ISSUE DATE: 05/06/2013

Watch out for the wheat stem sawfly

By Kylene Scott

There are a lot of variables involved in growing a wheat crop. For years in northern areas of the High Plains, farmers of spring wheat have been aware of the wheat stem sawfly. The wasp-like creature lays its eggs in the stems of wheat, and when the resulting larvae mature, they often girdle the stem, causing the wheat to eventually lodge.

“Well, this has historically been a pest of spring wheat for a long time and almost back a century in the northern Plains,” J.P. Michaud, entomologist, Agricultural Research Center, Hays, Kan., said. “It has been present here in Kansas for a very long time as well, but it’s always stayed in the wild grasses.”

It has always been assumed that the insect wouldn’t hurt winter wheat because it matures too quickly to permit a complete development of the pest. But Michaud said the pest spreading now is a new variant that has evolved faster development.

“It began where it was restricted to spring wheat up north and for quite a number of years it has been attacking winter wheat, and now it’s been moving southward to where it’s causing problems in eastern Colorado, southwestern Nebraska, Wyoming and that area,” Michaud said. “We’re quite sure that it’s present in northwest Kansas. We’re going to do some sampling this spring to determine how widespread it is.”


NEWS

Add soyfoods to family's diet
Don't let facts get in the way
Grant helps educate tribes on drought management
House passes continuing resolution funding FSIS inspectors
Loans will improve rural electric service
Obama's budget proposes to increase federal lands grazing fee
Prepare your shelter before the storm hits
Researchers use gray water use for home irrigation
Rural economy bounces higher on home sales
Small, intentional changes key to successful action plan for improved health
State agencies participate in Project Topeka
USDA funds projects to boost rural electric grid efficiency, reliability
Vilsack discusses migration issues
Watch for farm equipment on roads during planting season
Worldwatch Institute study examines leading causes of rising food prices

CROPS

2012 drought may mean larger soybean seeds
25x'25 Alliance joins others in message to Congress supporting Energy Title
Ag economist discusses early season corn production concerns
Corn planting delayed
Douglas County seeks federal grant for 'food hub'
Economist: Late corn planting threatens yield relative to trend value
Finalists named for 2013 National Festival of Breads
'Focus on Potato' webcasts cover diseases and pests affecting potato crops
Freeze worsens wheat woes
Increase in farmland values leads to concerns about land price bubble
Kansas Wheat Commission breaks bread to open new Kansas Wheat Innovation Center
KWC, KAWG break bread to open new Kansas Wheat Innovation Center
MU Extension market outlook sees downward price trend for crops
New Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemakers announced
Newly converted sorghum lines released
Oklahoma Wheat Commission to have District III election
Oklahoma Wheat to sponsor 'Great American Wheat Harvest' documentary
Planting delays affect corn prospects
Watch out for the wheat stem sawfly
Wheat foliar diseases surfacing

LIVESTOCK

Act now to decrease effect of Vitamin A deficiency in cattle
Alliance awards College Aggies Online Competition scholarships
Avoid foster calves in the beef herd
Beef and heart health: a healthy partnership
Beef trade explored with Central America
Checkoff launches new consumer advertising campaign
Geneticist joins MU Extension to help cow herd owners breed quality beef
Improving stall design for cows
July 1 is deadline to apply for Jersey Youth Scholarships
Livestock Disaster Protection Act introduced in the House
Livestock loans boost farm lending
Meet Red Angus juniors in Montana
PLC and NCBA start legislative conferences
Preparing calves for fly season
Profitability starts with genetics
Registration now open for Iowa Swine Day 2013
Show-Me-Select replacement heifer sale set for May 17
UW agricultural student says national cattleman's internship 'incredible'
Wool pool collection date set

EDITOR

A lack of sophistication or a lack of understanding?

COLUMNS

Carrie Underwood shows hypocrisy
Dear College Me…
Horse slaughter debate draws strong opinions
Just a scoop full
Life transitions
New sugarbeet, sunflower seed and planting resources at growers' fingertips
Turkey camp

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Below normal temps across state wyoming
Cold weather continues kansas
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Colorado livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
First cutting of alfalfa complete new mexico
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Grain market close
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
High Plains slaughter news report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay demand light
Most of corn crop planted arkansas
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
Panhandle remains dry, windy while other parts of state get cooler temps texas
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina cattle auction report
Some areas see replenished soil moisture colorado
Some parts of state receive rain Nebraska
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock auction report
Springfield livestock market report
Superior video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm temps finally arrive Minnesota
Weather allows fieldwork to begin south dakota
West Plains livestock auction report
Wet conditions continue to delay planting missouri
Wheat sees sharp gains, others modest losses
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Drought affects musk thistle establishment
Eastern Kansas grazing school planned
High Plains Ranch Practicum now taking applications
Lingering winter weather further limits forage supplies
Making high-quality hay into high-quality bales
New approaches to rangeland management anticipate future ecological changes
Pasture walk to discuss grass-finished beef

FAMILY

4 FFA members recognized for beef production proficiency
Calabretta a traditional, early American design
Determining whether cold temperatures damaged fruit buds
Family favorites
Follow tips when fertilizing and mowing your lawn
Meditation
Myths and facts of proper turf management
Onion care and handling
There is something fishy about introduced pond pests
Weather emergency plan must include pets
Wonderful ways to celebrate mom

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