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Myers to present Animal Health Industry Insights Brownbag at K-State Olathe

Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program is hosting an Animal Health Industry Insights Brownbag on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m., at the K-State Olathe Campus.
10/6/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas cropland values are slipping, but pasture values up nearly 7 percent

Kansas farmland values, which climbed and at times soared since 2006, started to level off in 2014 and have dipped so far this year, pulled down by lower grain prices, according to Kansas State University agricultural economist Mykel Taylor.
10/5/2015 8:00:00 AM

Cropland conversion could have troublesome effect on conservation

Federal agricultural and energy policies introduced as part of the biofuels boom of the late 2000s may have had adverse effects on conservation, according to a recent study from the University of Wisconsin. The research paper, “Cropland Expansion Outpaces Agriculture and Biofuel Policies in the U.S.,” documents how policy thought to be good for the environment can sometimes have undesirable consequences.
10/2/2015 8:00:00 AM

Modifying Cropland Leases Play Audio

K-State farm management economist Mykel Taylor talks about modifying cropland leases in the wake of the falloff in grain prices...she advises farmer-tenants to not be too hasty in making changes to their current leasing arrangements.

10/1/2015 7:00:00 PM


Once fall fieldwork activity slows down, dairy producers would do well to re-assess their operations, striving to make them even more business-like.  That’s according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk, who this week passes along a checklist of business principles that he says all dairy operators should take into account.

10/1/2015 7:00:00 PM

Digital Farming Play Audio

K-State agronomist Ray Asebedo talks about the future of "digital farming," where the majority of field work and input management would be fully automated...his research will revolve around developing the data that will one day drive those systems.

9/30/2015 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.
9/30/2015 8:00:00 AM

Beef Stocker Field Day Excerpts, and Ag News Play Audio

K-State agricultural engineer Pat Murphy talks about principles of cattle pen design, and K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney provides an update on the Sunflower Supreme Heifer Development Program that she coordinates.

9/29/2015 7:00:00 PM

Mineral needs of cattle throughout the year

Minerals are important building blocks of functional life. They aid in countless body processes. When the body in question is a 1,500-pound beef cow whose purpose is to produce income, she may need supplemental minerals during several crucial periods throughout the year.
9/29/2015 8:00:00 AM

Sen. Pat Roberts recognized as 2015 Friend of Agricultural Economics

The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics and the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators on Sept. 28 recognized U.S. Sen.  Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, by presenting him the 2015 Friend of Agricultural Economics Award for his employment of economics to policy issues involving agriculture, natural resources, food and nutrition topics.
9/28/2015 8:00:00 AM

Stocker Calf Health Play Audio

K-State beef specialist Dale Blasi shares several thoughts on stocker calf health which were expressed by a panel of veterinarians at the K-State Beef Stocker Field Day last Thursday.

9/27/2015 7:00:00 PM

Minimizing Stress on Weaning Calves Play Audio

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner discusses several principles of fall calf weaning, to assure the smoothest transition possible...with the main theme being minimizing stress on those calves.

9/27/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  she talks about the continuing slump in fed and feeder cattle prices, and whether she thinks the end is in sight...she also discusses information that she has co-authored on using the Livestock Risk Protection insurance program, in the wake of the current sharp downturn in the markets.

9/27/2015 7:00:00 PM


It is not uncommon for dairy producers to feed corn silage in their daily ration, but it’s important for these producers to pay attention to the silage fermentation period. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouke talks this week about allowing the fermentation process to do its job.

9/24/2015 7:00:00 PM

Give me more of the good fat

Many people know that omega-3 fatty acids have considerable health benefits, including aiding in heart health. Heart disease accounts for roughly 600,000 deaths every year in the United States, according to Sean Fox, agricultural economist at Kansas State University.

9/23/2015 8:00:00 AM

K-State Vet To Help Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Play Audio

K-State veterinarian Mike Apley talks about his selection to the new Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, and the objectives of that council in addressing antibiotic issues in human and animal medicine...he will be representing livestock production interests as this council develops scientific-based solutions to the resistance problem.

9/22/2015 7:00:00 PM

International Swine Feed Efficiency Conference Play Audio

K-State swine specialist Mike Tokach previews the International Swine Feed Efficiency Conference to be co-hosted by K-State next month in Omaha.

9/20/2015 7:00:00 PM

Managing Cow Herd Forages Play Audio

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson talks about managing cow herd forages this fall and winter, in light of alfalfa quality issues created by untimely wet weather during this past growing season.

9/20/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor tells why he thinks the latest USDA cattle-on-feed report lends some much-needed optimism to the cattle markets, coming off last week's slump in prices...and he talks about his latest feedlot cattle profitability forecast for the rest of this year and well into 2016.

9/20/2015 7:00:00 PM


With summer winding down, dairy producers can get a leg up on next summer’s heat by preparing for any changes that need to be made in their dairy cooling systems. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk covers some items that producers should check over, while this past summer’s cooling issues are still fresh in mind.

9/17/2015 7:00:00 PM

Soil Scientist Talks About His New Appointment Play Audio

K-State soil scientist Chuck Rice talks about his new appointment as the chairman of the agriculture board for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine...he explains the role of that agency in supporting research on leading challenges in production agriculture.

9/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Cow Herd Health Issues Play Audio

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek talks about an assortment of cow herd health conditions that are turning up with some frequency in Kansas now:  namely, summer pneumonia in calves, anaplasmosis in cows, pinkeye and footrot...he advises producers on responding to those, and talks about monitoring cow condition as the herd comes off summer grass soon.

9/15/2015 7:00:00 PM

Crop and Livestock Loss Assistance Programs Play Audio

Farm program specialist Blaine Rutherford of the Farm Service Agency tells producers that they've still an opportunity to take advantage of the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for losses to qualifying 2015 crops, and he reminds livestock producers about three USDA livestock loss programs that remain available to them.

9/15/2015 7:00:00 PM

Spring stable fly control starts in winter

The stable fly is the most concerning pest for producers of both pasture and feedlot cattle, according to Ludek Zurek, Kansas State University professor of entomology. Because stable flies are difficult to control, especially around pastured cattle, he encourages producers to be proactive and begin controlling stable fly populations even when they cannot be seen.
9/15/2015 8:00:00 AM

K-State’s Beef Stocker Field Day planned for Sept. 24

Beef stocker cattle health, business management and infrastructure topics are among those on tap for the 2015 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 24, in Manhattan.
9/15/2015 8:00:00 AM

Livestock Waste as Crop Nutrient Source Play Audio

K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey has advice for crop producers on utilizing waste from livestock facilities as a crop nutrient source, saying that the high cost of commercial fertilizer makes this option economically appealing...he talks about determining the nutrient value of that waste, and matching it up with the nutrient needs of individual fields.

9/14/2015 7:00:00 PM

Beef Stocker Field Day Preview Play Audio

K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi previews the 2015 Beef Stocker Field Day taking place just outside of Manhattan on Thursday, September 24th.

9/13/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  he talks about capitalizing on the significant premiums now being paid for pre-conditioned calves, and about the monthly USDA cattle-on-feed report coming out later this week.

9/13/2015 7:00:00 PM

Reducing Livestock Methane Emissions Play Audio

A research scientist from Australia visiting the K-State Animal Sciences and Industry Department, Carly Rosewarne, talks about her unique work on the genomics of microbes in the digestive system of ruminant livestock, with a goal of reducing methane emissions from livestock production systems.  Her projects were funded through the National Livestock Methane Program, supported by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, and Meat and Livestock Australia.

9/13/2015 7:00:00 PM

Contending with Herbicide-Resistant Weeds Play Audio

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson talks about mapping out a plan for contending with herbicide-resistant weeds in field crops, pointing out that an all-encompassing solution to the problem has yet to be developed, despite what claims about certain adjuvant products would suggest.

9/10/2015 7:00:00 PM