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ISSUE DATE: 06/07/2010

Little weevils make big impact on alfalfa fields

By Kylene Scott

"This is the largest population of weevils that I've seen in at least 10 or 12 years in Kansas," Jeff Whitworth, entomology specialist with K-State Research and Extension, said.

What makes this year different? Whitworth has a couple of ideas, and he thinks the infestation has something to do with the weather patterns this spring and in late 2009.

"We probably had a relatively intense infestation this year because we enjoyed relatively mild, damp weather in the fall of 2009," he said. "Weevils start laying eggs in the fall, and they enjoyed relatively mild conditions until December. This provided considerable time for oviposition."

Whitworth thinks there may be other environmental factors, but he hasn't determined exactly what they are.

Typically, it is common to find one larvae per two or three stems, but in 2010 Whitworth is finding two to three larvae per stem. And that is out of the ordinary, he said.


NEWS

American Agri-Women hosts TV show for farm and ranch women
EPA cites lots in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska for violations
Farm groups urge Senate to disapprove EPA GHG regulation
Grain groups respond to proposed dietary changes
Greenhouse-gas legislation concerns U.S. farmers
House Ag Committee wraps up spring farm bill field hearings
NAMA hosts retirement reception for Betsy Faga
Obama administration announces national rural summit
Oklahoma farm mom voted America's Farmers Mom of the Year
Report shows above-average farm income in Kansas for 2009

CROPS

At K-State, ag students' idea has potential to save lives
Bollworms, loopers spotted in Arkansas soybean crop
Class gives students real-life farm management experience
Cool spring delays corn development
Disease prediction system available for Fusarium head scab in wheat
Freezing temperatures cause alfalfa management decisions
Jenna goes from England to Nebraska to Texas
K-State crops team takes first place in national contest
Little weevils make big impact on alfalfa fields
Rail Day 2010 activities to focus on STB reform legislation
Sage ventures south
Soybean growers commit to nourishing children
Staples awards $1.2 million in grants for grape growing, wine making
Stripe rust is widespread in eastern Colorado
Tractor and farm safety workshops will be held in North Platte
University of Nebraska to host Panhandle wheat plot tours
USDA seeks applications for Conservation Stewardship Program
Wine field day set for June 8 at Hermannhof Winery

LIVESTOCK

Agents ask for assistance as cattle theft increases
AgriLife Extension teams with Sul Ross State University on ranch business program
AHA hires junior activities intern
AHC National Issues Forum to focus on emerging diseases
AHC tax workshop features Tad Davis
Beef Cow Camp set for June 8
Buying feed, culling during drought
Buying or selling a horse in Colorado? Be sure to get a brand inspection
Cattle feeders compete in annual TCFA Fed Beef Challenge
Dairy judging camp July 11 to 12 will focus on life skills
Executive director of Santa Gertrudis Breeders International retires
Extension clinic offers riders techniques to handle horses
Field day trip to Bradford Research Center from Bolivar on June 17
Fred Stout Experience Awards announced
Hampshire breeders adapt to changes
Hickory County Cattlemen's Bus Tour heads west in August
Iowa Cattlemen's Association hires new CEO
July 1 is deadline to apply for jersey youth scholarships
Kansas Cattlemen's Association rejects NCBA task force proposal
KCA expresses concerns about USDA traceability system
K-State professor working on animal health partnership with China
Logan County cattle sold at auction
Men sentenced for defrauding cattle ranch
NALF recommends strategic crossbreeding
Nebraska corn-fed beef adds value to 'center of plate'
Nebraskans graduate from NCTA Cow/Calf College
North Fork Horse Camps set
OSU researchers study weight targets for replacement beef heifers
PorkBridge series returns for the fifth year
Premium Choice now carries the banner for quality beef
Ranch Remuda Challenge part of Battle in the Saddle
Stockers set up beef quality
Study shows ground beef from grain-fed cattle healthier than grass-fed
The nation's Beef Quality Assurance programs
Wyo. plan seeks slaughter of some unwanted horses

EDITOR

KYF2 is 1DUMB
Overall optimism
Policy with a side of politics

COLUMNS

A great Memorial service
Chain saw madness
Just a scoop full
Just a scoop full
Manual covers drip irrigation
Monumental lessons
New soybean lines available
Pigford case continues to haunt black farmers and USDA staff

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales summary
Apache cattle sales report
Arkansas livestock summary report
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry weather helps with planting, tillage, harvest progress
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Good crop growing conditions seen
Grain market close
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Most classes of hay selling steady across trading area
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock sales report
Outside market pressure, weather pushes bids lower
Planting pushed back due to wet weather in some areas
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sale
Pratt livestock auction report
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock auction report
Springfield livestock auction report
Warm temps, sunshine improves growing conditions
Warm weather promotes crop progress
Weather allows for field work completion
Weather conditions help dry fields
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wheat crop progressing, some already harvesting
Wheat harvest has begun
Woodward livestock market report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Controlling common mullein in pastures
K-State researchers developing new tool to track tallgrass burning

FAMILY

82nd Kansas FFA Convention opens
Celebrate Beef Month in May
Extension to host 'Young Sprouts in the Garden' Event
FFA responds to need in community
KSU Spring Wildflower Tour slated near Russell on June 4
NMSU studies ancient Chinese fruit for alternative crop
Outdoor adventure, hunter education weekend for southeastern Colorado
Reducing diseases that plague tomatoes
Sac County Cattle Company home of Best Burger in Iowa
Sedgwick County Extension hosting Lunch in the Garden this summer
Southwest Extension to host horticulture field day June 24
Study aims to help flowers and plants last longer
Summer is a great time to get kids into the kitchen
Texas Wildlife Short Course will be Aug. 20, 21 in Bryan
Updated listing of u-pick operations available from MU Extension
USDA sets new standards for federal ground beef purchases

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