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Similar to people, the sorghum plant is greatly influenced during its early development on what it is going to be later in life. How it is treated and what it experiences in its first 30 days will impact its health and potential yield afterward.

To establish a solid foundation for high yield the first objective is to obtain a healthy, uniform stand at the correct plant population for a given environment. Good moisture conditions and adequate nutrition close the germinating seed is critical. Since roots have not yet expanded a starter fertilizer will often help in establishment.

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Stripe rust is starting to show up in the hard red winter wheat belt states of Kansas and Oklahoma, according to Kansas State University’s agronomy experts.

The fungal disease causes yellow, blister-like lesions that are arranged in stripes, according to K-State Research and Extension. The disease is most common on leaves, but heads also can be infected when the disease is severe. Infections of the leaf sheaths and stems are rare.