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Wheat Emergence Problems

Western Kansas wheat producers have been in a constant battle with weather the past few years. Although the cry for more rain has always been strong, last month’s rains may be contributing to emergence problems in some producer’s recently planted wheat fields.
Jeanne Falk-Jones, K-State extension agronomist based in Colby, has seen fields that crusted after a hard rain event, trapping the wheat plant’s tender coleoptile under the soil surface. She also has seen fields that had rain wash soil into freshly planted furrows, burying the seeds much deeper than the producer intended.
“Even though we have ...

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