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Wheat Streak Mosaic is timely issue at WheatU event

Dr. Erick De Wolf, professor of plant pathology at Kansas State University, was the keynote speaker at WheatU and his topic was a timely one - "Wheat Streak Mosaic, an old enemy with devastating impact."

USDA Lowers Corn Production, Increases Soybean Yield

Corn production is forecast at 14.2 billion bushels, down 7 % from last year. Yields are expected to average 169.5 bushels per acre, down 5.1 bu. from 2016. If realized, this will be the third highest yield and production on record for the U.S.

USDA and SCORE Launch Innovative Mentorship Effort to Support New Farmers and Ranchers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE, the nations largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers.

U.S. Farm Real Estate Value up 2.3 Percent from 2016

The United States farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $3,080 per acre for 2017, up $70 per acre (2.3 percent) from 2016 values. Kansas and Nebraska both down 2 percent.

Control Volunteer Wheat to Stop the Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

On average, WSMV causes $75 million in losses to Kansas wheat farmers every year, but this year's losses were much higher. Wheat Streak Mosaic can cause a yield loss of more than 80 percent. Prevention is the only method to improve yields.

Mid-America Business Conditions Index Remains at Healthy Level

After rising to a six year high last month, the July Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index, a leading economic indicator for the nine-state region, fell to a still solid reading according the latest monthly survey results.

Farmer2Farmer Conference in Omaha

Second Annual Farmer2Farmer Conference focuses on Entrepreneurship

Summary of diseases on corn, grain sorghum, and soybeans in Kansas in 2015

The 2015 growing season was one of contrasts. On the positive side, losses to diseases in soybeans were the lowest in at least 20 years. On the negative side, yield loss to disease in corn was higher than in any recent year.

U.S. Fall Harvest nearly half complete

This week's crop progress and condition report says as of as of Sunday, 42 % of corn has been harvested, soybeans at 62 % complete and sorghum at 51% wrapped up. Hard Red Winter wheat is 64 % seeded.

Survey: Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Continues to Climb

The population of the lesser prairie-chicken is on the rise, according to survey results released last week by the WAFWA. Based on aerial surveys, biologists estimate the lesser prairie-chicken numbers about 29,000, a 25 % increase from 2014.

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