Several K-State Research and Extension publications related to insect management in Kansas were recently updated and are available to the public.
These publications were prepared to help producers manage insect populations with the best available methods proven practical under Kansas conditions. They are revised annually and intended for use during the current calendar year. The user should know that pesticide label directions and restrictions are subject to change, and some may have changed since the date of publication.
Each fact sheet is available online using the links provided below, or by stopping in your local Extension Office for a paper copy. Also most of the time if you know the publication title or can even get close to it and type into your internet browser “KSU Wheat Insect Management” it should come up.
MF742 - Sorghum Insect Pest Management - https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF742.pdf
MF743 - Soybean Insect Pest Management - https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF743.pdf
MF745 - Wheat Insect Pest Management - https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF745.pdf
MF809 - Alfalfa Insect Pest Management - https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF809.pdf
MF810 – Corn Insect Pest Management - https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF810.pdf
MF814 – Sunflower Insect Pest Management - https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF814.pdf
MF2674 – Cotton Insect Pest Management - https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF2674.pdf
The economics of control should be considered in any pest management decision. Because costs vary greatly over time and are influenced by factors beyond the scope of this publication, product cost is not a consideration for including or omitting specific insecticide products in these recommendations. Growers should compare product price, safety, and availability when making treatment decisions. Growers also need to consider the impacts of insecticides on non-target organisms like pollinators and natural enemies. Rotating insecticide groups can help combat insecticide resistance issues by leveraging different modes of action. The user bears ultimate responsibility for correct pesticide use. For proper use, always read label directions carefully before applying pesticides. Remember, it is illegal to use a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with the label.
More information on pests covered in these publications is available at:
War on Weeds, Podcast - Farmers, are you interested in keeping up with the latest weed management information? If so, you’ll want to add the “War Against Weeds” podcast to your weed management toolbox. This podcast is an outreach effort from Sarah Lancaster, K-State Extension Weed Science Specialist, Mandy Bish, Extension Weed Scientist at the University of Missouri, and Joe Ikely, Extension Weed Scientist at North Dakota State.
All podcast episodes will be posted at https://waragainstweeds.libsyn.com/ and will also be freely available on Spotify, a digital streaming service. Episodes will feature a variety of guests from university and private industry with expertise in a variety of aspects of weed science as they discuss key topics like integrated weed management, herbicide resistance, and others.
Stacy Campbell is an Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Cottonwood Extension District. Email him at email@example.com or call the Hays office, 785-628-9430.