K-State Research and Extension News
K-State agricultural specialists and other experts examine agricultural issues facing Kansas and the nation. AGRICULTURE TODAY is a daily program hosted by Eric Atkinson and distributed to radio stations throughout the state. Below are the segments for shows over the last 4 weeks. See our Affiliates for airtimes. Send comments to agtoday@ksu.edu.
Agriculture Today
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More from the 2014 K-State Beef Stocker Field Day last Thursday...Kate Hagans talks with two K-State watershed specialists: Ron Graber, about making beef calf housing and handling sites more conducive to preventing runoff into nearby water resources; and Hershel George, about developing alternative watering sites for cattle, as another way of protecting water quality.

- 9/30/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

K-State agronomists Gary Pierzynski and Vara Prasad tell about the recently-announced 50-million-dollar grant presented to K-State by the U.S. Agency for International Development, which will lead to the creation of the Feed the Future Innovation Laboratory for Sustainable Intensification.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a newly-published study out of K-State that evaluated the impact of commercial wind energy on the nesting habits of greater prairie chicken.

The assistant director of Extension for 4-H youth development at K-State, Barbara Stone, looks back at 4-H activities at the recent Kansas State Fair, and looks ahead to National 4-H Week in early October.

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

K-State veterinarian Mike Apley talks about beef producer adjustments to the phase-out of antibiotic use for cattle growth, and the concern that regulations could further restrict the use of antibiotics for preventative and therapeutic purposes

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor provides this week's cattle market analysis...among other things, he talks about beef herd expansion and how the stocker cattle segment fits in, which was the topic he addressed at the K-State Beef Stocker Field Day last Thursday.

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.
 

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien looks ahead to the USDA's latest grain stocks report and small grains summary, both to be released next week, and what those new numbers might signal to the markets, as part of his weekly analysis of the grain trades.

K-State irrigation engineer Danny Rogers encourages crop irrigators to take advantage of K-State's on-line aid for making decisions when water availability is limited, called the Crop Water Allocator...he advises growers to start working through their long-range cropping plans using this analytical tool.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.
 

- 9/25/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

K-State farm safety specialist Kerri Ebert promotes awareness of the lingering safety concerns in production agriculture during the extremely busy fall season, especially with regard to youth on the farm and ranch...as this is National Farm Safety and Health Week across the country.

K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle has more tips on succeeding with fall lawn overseeding, emphasizing seed selection, seed-to-soil contact, planting methods and seeding rates.

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth cautions wheat growers about several insect threats to newly-planted winter wheat that are building up this fall, including grasshoppers, wheat curl mites and Hessian flies....he talks about the effectiveness of insecticidal seed treatments against these, and urges control of volunteer wheat ahead of planting as an important control step.

K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reed goes over a new facet of the USDA commodity programs, developed for dairy producers to help them manage their risk, called the Dairy Margin Protection Program...she talks about how it differs from the previous price-support mechanism, and points to a new spreadsheet tool that producers can use in their enrollment decisions.

K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson weighs the herbicide options for controlling bur ragweed and field bindweed in Kansas cropping areas, based on K-State field tests of the products labeled for fall applications...he talks about the advantages in treating these two noxious weeds now, ahead of the killing freeze.

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

K-State agricultural economist Bryan Schurle looks at the latest trend in Kansas farm and ranch land values...he compares a trio of resources for gauging that trend, as he covered at the recent Risk and Profit Conference at K-State.

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor discusses renegotiating cropland rental agreements, in light of the major decline in crop prices over the last several months...she suggests that cash rents, as well as crop-share terms and flex leases, deserve another look by tenants and landlords, to assure that the lease terms remain fair for both parties.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about a new USDA analysis of the C-R-P and E-Q-I-P programs, and their value in providing lek habitat for the lesser prairie chicken.

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's analysis of the cattle markets:  she reflects on last Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and talks about feedlots that may be using some of their excess capacity for developing replacement heifers, and how that figures into the feedlot count.

K-State crops and soils specialist Lucas Haag discusses calibrating combine yield monitors as fall harvest progresses...what to account for in calibrating the system at various points,  and how frequently the producer needs to re-calibrate.

K-State 4-H specialist Deryl Waldren talks about the International 4-H Exchange opportunities available to Kansas youth in 2015...applications for which are now being taken.

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

K-State grain market economist Dan O' Brien looks at the latest local basis trends at Kansas grain elevators, and shares his latest price probability projections for the current grain marketing year, as talking points for his weekly grain market analysis.

- 9/19/2014
Host Eric Atkinson looks at today's ag news.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby offers some last-minute input for winter wheat producers on insuring the 2015 crop, as the deadline for enrolling is coming up  in a little over a week...including his recommendation on enrolling in the new supplemental coverage option created by the farm bill.

K-State range and pasture management specialist Walt Fick has the latest information on fall herbicide treatments of serecia lespedeza, a noxious weed that has proliferated throughout a large part of Kansas now...he talks about herbicide selection and the recommended timing of those applications.

The director of the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State, Dan Thomson, looks at the accomplishments to date of the Beef Quality Assurance certification program for cattle producers, in promoting good stewardship in beef production at the farm and ranch level...he also talks about upcoming B-Q-A training sessions for Kansas producers this fall and winter.

- 9/18/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

K-State landscape specialist emeritus Gus van der Hoeven promotes the planting of landscape trees in the fall, and what's required to succeed with those plantings.

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.
 

K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.
 

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University covers an assortment of recently-decided court cases relevant to agricultural producers...among them, a case where a landowner wished to terminate an oil and gas lease because of decades of inactivity by the company holding the lease, and two cases involving claims under the federal homebuyer tax credit.

K-State beef cattle specialist Sandy Johnson discusses the merits of tracking cow body condition scores at this point of the production season, as a guide to managing the cow-calf herd into the fall and winter.

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