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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K-State agricultural engineer Ed Brokesh talks about the performance of ethanol in small engines commonly used on farms and ranches...he points out that ethanol often gets a bad rap as a small engine fuel, and he talks about the engine operation characteristics associated with ethanol, and minor adjustments that one can make that will lead to optimum performance.
 

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

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien provides his weekly comments on the grain markets:  he'll focus on the wheat market's reaction to the escalating concerns over wheat crop conditions in the central and southern plains, and he'll offer a fresh look at the old-crop and new-crop futures price spreads, and the producer pricing opportunities within.
 

- 4/18/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories. Plus, this week's Wheat Scoop from Kansas Wheat.

- 4/17/2014
K-State Radio Network radio producer Jeff Wichman reports on the day's top stories, including an the Sheep and Goat Conference being hosted by K-State May 2-4 in Weber Hall on the Manhattan campus.

An extended conversation with K-State soil scientist Chuck Rice, who was the lead author of the agriculture chapter of a new report on global climate change, and recommendations on mitigating that change...that report was formally unveiled at a World Bank meeting in Washington, D.C. yesterday...among the areas covered in this report: the opportunities to sequester more carbon dioxide in the soil through improved crop production practices; a call to ramp up up bioenergy production from crop and forest land;  and a likely contentious proposal to move human diets more toward plant-based foodstuffs as a way of addressing methane emissions from food animal production.
 

For this week's horticulture segment, K-State horticulturist Ward Upham discusses this week's hard freeze and the likely impact on fruit trees.
 

The second part of our conversation with K-State soil scientist Chuck Rice, who was the lead author of the agriculture chapter of a new report on global climate change and recommendations on mitigating that change.

- 4/16/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

K-State agronomist Jim Shroyer discusses the likely hard freeze damage to winter wheat in several areas of Kansas earlier this week, and how growers can tell the extent of that damage as they inspect their stands in the days ahead.
 

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University shares more recent developments in the agricultural law arena, including a tax court ruling on a horse breeder's business losses, and on a test of one state's "buy-the-farm" statute associated with utility companies seeking easements on agricultural property.
 

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

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses newly-planted crop damage that can result from kangaroo rat colonies, and what producers can do to curb that problem.
 

K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson recommends that grain sorghum growers start now with their winter annual weed burn-down treatments, before those weeds go to seed and become more difficult to control...he goes over the K-State-recommended herbicide options for this purpose, as well as for pre-plant and post-emergence applications.
 

The state director of the Farm Service Agency, Adrian Polansky, announces the opening of sign-up for several USDA livestock disaster assistance programs, beginning today:  he expects a large number of Kansas livestock operators to qualify for one of those, the Livestock Forage Disaster Assistance program, which will cover grazing losses as a result of drought in 2012 and 2013.
 

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's insight on the cattle markets:  he says that all phases of the cattle trade appear to be peaking out now, and he'll comment on how much downside there might be for prices ahead...he also talks about the continuing effect of P-E-D virus in hog production on retail pork prices, which in turn influences beef demand.
 

For this week's Kansas 4-H feature, K-State 4-H youth gardening and plant science specialist Evelyn Neier encourages 4-Hers to think about raising garden produce for sharing later on with local food banks and other services for the needy.
 

- 4/14/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories. Plus, this week's Tree Tale with Extension forester Charles Barden.

K-State entomologist Ludek Zurek reports on his new study of insects' role in carrying antibiotic-resistant bacteria from one point to the other, including from livestock production facilities to the urban environment...his work confirming that insects are, in fact, vectoring that bacteria, but not only from food animal production.
 

K-State crops and soils specialist Doug Shoup discusses an escalating weed problem for no-till soybean growers in Kansas:  the proliferation of marestail...he advises producers to treat that weed early, and goes over the herbicide options for keeping marestail in check.
 

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather...which includes a good chance of rain for parts of the state this weekend.
 
 

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien looks at this week's USDA grain supply and demand reports and the market response to the new numbers...and he talks about pricing opportunities for growers amidst what has now become a "weather market" for all the major crops.
 

- 4/11/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories. Plus, this week's Wheat Scoop from Kansas Wheat.

K-State feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt talks about the Beef Quality Assurance training program, stressing how important it is for each cattle producer to go through that training, which can be done completely online at the producer's convenience...he says that BQA certification will continue to be extremely important in the beef production sector.
 

- 4/10/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf provides his latest disease outlook for the Kansas winter wheat crop...he also talks about the newly-updated K-State wheat fungicide efficacy ratings for growers to use in selecting a fungicide product for specific diseases.
 

For this week's horticulture segment, Riley County Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone talks about promoting pollination of fruit crops in the home garden by creating a habitat that attracts  pollinating insects.
 

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

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

Two visiting agricultural journalists from Sweden, Anna Nilsson and Camilla Olssen, talk about their journey to Kansas and other agricultural states, learning about agricultural media and communications in this country...they share their impressions of Kansas agriculture, and visit about the state of production agriculture in their homeland.
 

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey goes over the extensive public feedback that has been received over the past several months, that will be funneled into the state's 50-year water plan...that input will be reviewed and discussed at a major water summit to take place this Friday in Manhattan.
 

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti talks about K-State's field tests of the new drought-tolerant corn hybrids, evaluating their performance in limited, as well as ample, moisture conditions...he talks the situations where these D-T hybrids may have the advantage over conventional hybrids.
 

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the dilemma with free-ranging horses and burrows in the West, thousands of which actually reside in Kansas, and the damage to the ecosystem as their populations continue to swell...
 

K-State entomologist Eva Zurek talks about the services that the Insect Diagnostic Laboratory at K-State offers to agricultural producers, and how to submit either physical or electronic image samples for analysis...she emphasizes that the laboratory extends those services to anyone with any sort of insect problem or concern.
 

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories. Plus, this week's Milk Lines with K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk.

For this week's Kansas 4-H feature, K-State 4-H events coordinator Sarah Keatley reminds 4-Hers and parents that the deadline is coming up soon for enrolling in this year's Discovery Days on the K-State campus, taking place in early June.
 

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories. Plus, this week's Tree Tales with Extension forester Charles Barden.

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he talks about the ongoing positive signals for both domestic and export beef demand, and tells of a recent update to K-State's Beef Replacement decision aid for producers to use when contemplating herd expansion.
 

K-State beef veterinarian Larry Hollis offers several pre-pasturing season thoughts for cow-calf and stocker producers, in light of the potential for continued dry weather stress on pastures...he talks mineral supplementation strategies, planning for alternate water sources, and making contingency plans for early-weaning calves.
 

The student coordinator for the College of Agriculture's activities at K-State's Open House, Emily Beneda, tells what awaits for those visiting the college for Open House tomorrow on the campus.
 

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