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Helpful items from other K-State departments and USDA

Mosquitoes: How to avoid being “Bitten” by this “Sucking” insectJune 28, 2019 Extension Entomology Newsletter

Bluestem Pasture Release 2019 – The 2019 results on bluestem pasture leases utilize the responses from the 2019 Kansas Bluestem Pasture Survey conducted from January through April of 2019 over the 14 Bluestem counties. It is important to point out that the format of the 2019 survey is different from previous surveys. The 2019 survey changes were in response to the long-time request to change the questions to better reflect bluestem prairie leasing practices. The new survey format incorporated suggestions from a focus group of report users that included landowners, livestock owners, livestock care providers, and Flint Hills extension agents. Because of the format change, discussion on leasing rates are not directly comparable to prior years. Please refer to previous Bluestem releases for historical leasing rates.

2018 Kansas Summer Annual Forage Hay and Silage Variety Trial Summary.  In 2018, summer annual forage variety trials were conducted across Kansas near Garden City, Hays, and Scandia. All sites evaluated hay and silage entries. Companies were able to enter varieties into any possible combinations of research sites, so not all sites had all varieties. Across the sites, a total of 77 hay varieties and 87 silage varieties were evaluated.

Kansas weather outlook: Late summer and early fall 2019
Wet conditions continue to dominate the state.  May 2019 was the wettest month on record, leaving saturated soils and full streams, ponds, and reservoirs. The outlook for July calls for a continuation of that pattern with an increased chance of wetter-than-normal conditions across Kansas. The temperature outlook favors a cooler-than-normal pattern across the entire Central Plains. A normal or slightly below normal precipitation pattern for July would be favorable in the eastern divisions, where saturated soils continue to be problematic. Cool temperatures would slow the normal drying pattern. While slightly cooler temperatures could reduce heat stress, it would also increase disease pressure. In addition, with low evaporation rates, flooding could also be an issue due to the fact that streams, ponds, and reservoirs are full.  The complete article and other topics can be found in the Agronomy Department June 28, 2109 E-Update

KSU Corn Market Outlook on June 22, 2019: “A ‘Short’ U.S. Corn Crop Market Scenario in “New Crop” MY 2019/20”

An analysis of Corn Market Outlook on June 24, 2019 for “new crop” 2019/20 marketing year is provided in the following article from Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics.  This information follows the USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) and other USDA reports through mid-day on Monday, June 24, 2019, with info from the USDA NASS Crop Progress reports on June 17, 2019.  Note that the USDA Acreage Report to be released on Friday, June 28th will provide more solid numbers on U.S. corn planted acreage in 2019 – from which more accurate supply-demand and price projections can then be made. More at Focused on Grains Blog– Grain & Bioenergy Markets Plus Crop Risk Management by Daniel O’Brien, Colby and Monte Vandeveer, Garden City; extension agricultural economists.

Prevented Plant website

– USDA Risk Management Agency

  • Prevented Planting Insurance Provisions – Flood (revised June 2019) – notable excerpts :You may-
    • Plant a cover crop during the late planting period and receive a full prevented planting payment, but for the 2019 crop year do not hay, graze or cut for silage (haylage or baleage) this cover crop before September 1, or otherwise harvest it at any time. If you hay, graze or cut for silage (haylage or baleage) it before September 1, you will not receive a prevented planting payment for your first crop. If the cover crop is harvested at any time, you will not receive a prevented planting payment (Note: Cutting a cover crop for silage, haylage, and baleage will be treated the same as haying or grazing.);
    • Plant a cover crop after the late planting period and for the 2019 crop year hay, graze or cut for silage (haylage or baleage) it before September 1 and receive 35 percent of a prevented planting payment for your first crop or wait to hay, graze or cut for silage (haylage or baleage) it on or after September 1 and receive a full prevented planting payment for your first crop; or
    • Plant a second crop after the late planting period (if you are also prevented from planting through the late planting period). You can also plant after the final planting date if no late planting period is available. You may receive a prevented planting payment equal to 35 percent of the prevented planting guarantee.

(These changes were made for 2019 only and producers should not plan that the policy will remain the same for subsequent years)

Prevented or Delayed Planting -Farmers.gov US Department of Agriculture
Did heavy rainfall, flooding, or other weather event prevent or delay planting on your farm? USDA is here to help farmers navigate challenges when it comes to prevented planting. USDA offers:

  • Prevented planting coverage through USDA-administered crop insurance policies;
  • Technical and financial assistance in planting cover crops, a practice common on lands unable to be planted to an insured crop.

Syngenta Enogen Feed Corn Silage Containing an Alpha Amylase Expression Trait Improves Feed Efficiency in Growing Calf Diets

Objective: To determine the growing calf response when fed Enogen Feed corn silage containing an alpha amylase expression trait.

 Study Description: Crossbred steers of Tennessee origin (n = 352) were used to determine the effects on performance when fed Enogen Feed corn silage with either Enogen Feed corn or control corn at ad libitum intake. Continue reading “Syngenta Enogen Feed Corn Silage Containing an Alpha Amylase Expression Trait Improves Feed Efficiency in Growing Calf Diets”

Counting the Cost of Silage Losses in your Operation

By Mike Brouk, ruminant nutritionist

Silage is often the base forage for the diets of growing cattle and the cow herd.  This past year, due to the drought, thousands of acres of drought-stricken corn and sorghum were harvested as silage.  A hidden cost of silage is associated with the shrink due to fermentation, storage, and feedout.  Total shrink from harvest through feeding can result in the loss of 5 to 40% of the dry matter harvested.  This is generally a hidden cost on most operations due to the lack of accurate records to measure shrink.  However, a few basic principles can help reduce losses. Continue reading “Counting the Cost of Silage Losses in your Operation”

Considerations for use of drought-stressed corn for cattle

by Jaymelynn Farney, beef systems specialist, Parsons, KS

Throughout Kansas, there are areas of extreme drought and even in areas that show adequate moisture on the drought monitor, rain has been very “spotty” so some corn is beginning to look tough.  Luckily, cattle are one potential option to salvage some value if the corn crop does not look like it will yield.  Continue reading “Considerations for use of drought-stressed corn for cattle”