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Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien compares the current state of grain prices to what was happening in those markets this same time last year, as he discusses when the harvest low might be set, during his grain market segment for this week.

9/3/2015 7:00:00 PM

Farm Analyst Program Services Play Audio

The coordinator of K-State's Farm Analyst program, Duane Hund, reminds farmers of the services that program can provide, in helping producers put together a farm management strategy for weathering the downturn in commodity prices...he talks about some of the common issues he's now finding as he works with producers.

9/3/2015 7:00:00 PM


A collection of leading Kansas wheat producers offered several perspectives on the state of production agriculture, as well as their viewpoints on the future of the industry, during a recent conference at Kansas State University.  Marsha Boswell offers a recap on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

9/3/2015 7:00:00 PM

Ergot and Vomitoxin Issues Play Audio

K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney talks about two cattle nutrition issues:  ergot in cool-season pastures and vomitoxin in wheat that might be fed to cattle...she discusses how producers can manage around those problems.

9/2/2015 7:00:00 PM

Grain Sorghum Insect Problems Play Audio

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth is back to respond to a multitude of questions he's been getting about late-season insect problems in grain sorghum, and the best strategies for contending with them...most notably, sugarcane aphids and the sorghum headworm.

9/2/2015 7:00:00 PM

Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events

K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
9/2/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Loren Kisby - Prohoe

Let’s go to California, where firefighters are battling a wildfire with high quality hand tools produced by a company halfway across the nation in rural Kansas. These hand tools are also serving gardeners, growers and others around the nation and beyond.
9/2/2015 8:00:00 AM

Climatologist Says Current El Niño Could Mean More Favorable Weather for Midwest Crops

Much-needed precipitation through the U.S. heartland this year has replenished soil moisture, refilled ponds and promises to boost crop yields, thanks to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, according to Iowa State University agricultural climatologist Elwynn Taylor. And the benefits for the Midwest may continue into 2016.

The El Nino Effect on Crops Video

9/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

Mobile Drip Irrigation Seeking Foothold in Western Kansas Farm Fields

In a region where some of the United States’ most productive farmland lies, Kansas State University researchers are putting a water-saving technology on the fast track.

9/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

Local Enhanced Management Area Play Audio

K-State agricultural economist Nathan Hendricks talks about what's required to succeed with the new irrigation water management approach in Kansas, the Local Enhanced Management Area, or LEMA, option...principles that he has uncovered in his studies that lead to successful implementation of a LEMA, resulting in long-run economic benefits to crop irrigators while conserving on groundwater use.

8/31/2015 7:00:00 PM


Career opportunities in agriculture and related fields continue to mushroom at an impressive rate.  This was confirmed in a recent study, which bodes well for young people in pursuit of such careers. Marsha Boswell has more in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

8/31/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural News Play Audio

Ag news, plus the manager of the NRCS Plant Materials Center near Manhattan, Richard Wynia, previews the center's field day coming up Wednesday, which will feature cover crop research.

8/30/2015 7:00:00 PM

Wheat Seed Quality Issues Play Audio

K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato discusses wheat seed quality issues coming out of this year's harvest, and management steps the grower can take to successfully establish a crop using low-test-weight seed.

8/27/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien discusses whether current low grain prices will eventually attract more export business for U.S. grains, and talks about whether the markets are actually bottoming out, as part of his weekly analysis of the grain trades.

8/27/2015 7:00:00 PM

Grain Sorghum and Soybean Insects Play Audio

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth alerts growers about the latest insect infestations attacking grain sorghum and soybeans...namely, soybean aphids, sorghum head worms and sugarcane aphids in sorghum.  He outlines the recommended treatment thresholds for each.

8/26/2015 7:00:00 PM

When to End Irrigation Play Audio

K-State crop production specialist Lucas Haag discusses the timing of the final crop irrigation of the season, with water use efficiency and economic savings in mind.  He goes over the factors that the producer needs to evaluate, to determine when to shut down irrigating for the season.

8/26/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Ethan Eck - Chem-Blade

Phoenix, Arizona. February 2015. A new invention is being highlighted at a national meeting.  This invention, called a Chem-Blade, was selected as part of a national contest for agricultural entrepreneurs. The invention was created by an entrepreneur in rural Kansas.
8/26/2015 8:00:00 AM

Correcting Low-pH Soils Play Audio

K-State crop nutrient specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz advises wheat growers on correcting low-pH soils ahead of planting this fall, noting that this is an issue in more and more locations around Kansas...he reviews K-State research on wheat's yield response to liming low-pH fields.

8/25/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Commodity Title in the Current Farm Bill Play Audio

Mississippi State University agricultural economist Keith Coble talks about the present state of the commodity title in the current farm bill, and if there are any indications how well the new program options are working....he also looks at the future of the crop insurance program, saying that it could well be in the crosshairs for a serious budget cut when that issue arises again in Congress.

8/24/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas farmers are encouraged to be especially cognizant of wheat diseases that were seen throughout the state prior to and during wheat harvest.  Farmers should select wheat varieties with high resistance to fungal diseases as well as to apply fungicides to seed before drilling wheat this season.  Marsha Boswell has more.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural News Play Audio

Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

8/20/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weather Patterns and Cropping Prospects, Part One Play Audio

From this week's K-State Risk and Profit Conference, K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien is joined by renowned agricultural climatologist Elwynn Taylor of Iowa State University, as they talk about historical weather patterns and what they say about the likely weather trends to come:   they focus on the current El Nino, its expected persistence into 2016, and what that means about cropping prospects next year;  they also talk about the longer-range outlook for the next several years, and talk up the importance of producers ramping up their production and marketing risk management accordingly.

8/20/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weather Patterns and Cropping Prospects, Part Two Play Audio

Dan O'Brien and Elwynn Taylor continue their discussion of weather and its impact on agricultural production.

8/20/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Plays Role in FEEDing Pakistan

Protein is a necessary component of the human diet. While different protein options exist, people who live in areas that border the ocean often rely on fish as a main source of protein.

8/20/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Ralph Lagergren

From rotors to Rageball 5. This unusual phrase describes the diverse types of new products which one remarkable rural entrepreneur has worked on developing.
8/19/2015 8:00:00 AM

Testing Soil Nitrogen Before Wheat Planting Play Audio

K-State soil nutrient specialist Dave Mengel looks at multiple years of field trials which illustrate that a soil nitrogen test ahead of wheat planting can render very useful information on nitrogen management, potentially leading to significant cost savings for the grower.

8/18/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural Land Values, Part One Play Audio

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Mykel Taylor talk about a new method they've devised for estimating farm and ranch land values, using historical land price data....they explain how this can be useful in determining land value basis for tax purposes and for tracking land value trends...they also talk about the USDA's latest Kansas agricultural land value data, and what it suggests about rental rate trends ahead...and they tell about the topics they'll be addressing at the K-State Risk and Profit Conference later this week, with registrations for that event still being taken.

8/17/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural Land Values, Part Two Play Audio

Griffin and Taylor continue their discussion.

8/17/2015 7:00:00 PM


All wheat growers and other interested parties are invited to attend the 2015 Kansas Association of Wheat Growers Annual Conference coming up next week in Manhattan. Marsha Boswell offers a preview on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.         

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Researching Wheat Productivity Play Audio

New K-State Research and Extension wheat specialist Romulo Lollato talks about his plans for researching new ways of improving overall wheat productivity in Kansas...one aspect of which he calls a more intensive approach to wheat input management.

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM