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 ksrenews@ksu.edu.
 
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- 11/21/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks about some noteworthy grain price basis relationships at Kansas elevators currently, and what marketing opportunities those might present to grain producers, as part of his weekly discussion of the grain market trends.

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid breaks down the basics of the USDA commodity program decisions that grain producers must finalize in the months ahead...she offers some relatively simple rules-of-thumb when it comes to choosing between the new Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) options.

- 11/21/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers the Kansas agricultural weather scene.

K-State precision agriculture engineer Ajay Sharda talks about the latest advances in precision crop planting technology that he'll be evaluating in field trials in the coming year, centering on the electronic seed metering systems that he says hold tremendous promise for producers in achieving field-wide uniform seed distribution and placement.

- 11/20/2014
K-State agronomists Anita Dille and Dallas Peterson address the controversy created earlier this week by a social media article on the use of glyphosate herbicide on wheat late in the growing season...they remark on the inaccuracies, scientific and otherwise, in that article, and talk about the actual chemical behavior of glyphosate when applied to wheat and other crops.

- 11/20/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

Riley County Extension horticultural agent Gregg Eyestone offers some guidelines on storing leftover lawn and garden pesticide products for the winter.
 

- 11/19/2014
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

Jules Pretty talks about feeding an ever-expanding world population.

K-State agronomist Stu Duncan offers his take on the likely damage to the Kansas wheat crop from the sudden temperature plunge and resulting cold stretch of this past week, advising growers to conduct a simple test to assess the degree of damage to their individual fields.

A special guest on the K-State campus this week, University of Essex scientist and world-renowned expert on agricultural sustainability, Jules Pretty, talks about the concept of sustainable intensification in production agriculture, as a key to feeding an ever-expanding world population over the next several decades.

K-State agronomist Jane Lingenfelser goes over the lineup of corn hybrids that stood out in K-State's just-released Kansas Corn Performance Test report, which growers can now reference for their corn seed selection decisions for next year's crop.

Retired K-State grain science professor Ron Madl talks about the project he has developed at the university, which now converts waste cooking oil from student dining facilities on the campus to biodiesel for fueling university vehicles...this initiative is supported in part by Kansas farmers through the soybean checkoff, and could serve as a model for similar conversion systems in the general public.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new study out of Colorado, of the effects of road traffic noise on prairie dog behavior, and how that information may possibly be useful in prairie dog control.

- 11/17/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.
 

- 11/17/2014
K-State 4-H specialist Justin Wiebers talks about a brand-new phone app that will allow 4-Hers in the livestock projects to keep a mobile running record of their project management and activities for their record-keeping requirements.

K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey discusses the idea of developing an emergency plan for livestock operations, which will be the theme of two K-State-sponsored workshops on emergency preparedness coming up in Salina and Dighton in early December...livestock producers and local emergency response personnel are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides this week's analysis of the cattle markets:  he looks ahead to this Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and comments on advance-pricing calves to be marketed in 2015, before calf prices retreat from these historic highs.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien shares his latest price projections for wheat, corn and soybeans for the rest of the marketing year, based on the USDA's latest crop production and supply-and-demand reports, during this week's grain market segment.

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey and the director of the Kansas Water Office, Tracy Streeter, comment on the latest draft of the "vision" for the future of water use and conservation in Kansas, and what it means to production agriculture...that draft was made public at the governor's water conference this week in Manhattan.
 

- 11/14/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

- 11/14/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.
 

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about winterizing strawberry beds, and about watering landscape woody plants to prevent winter desiccation.

NRCS range scientist Joel Brown, talks about the leading areas of interest in current grassland management research, and things that pasture managers need to think about in their longer-range grazing programs...he also talks about how the NRCS is working ecology management into its rangeland support programs.

- 11/13/2014
K-State range and pasture management specialist Walt Fick takes a look at the herbicide options for treating musk thistle in pastures in the fall, saying there's still an opportunity to do so, despite this week's cold blast...he cites recent field research he conducted on the residual control of musk thistle by the various herbicide products.

- 11/13/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.
 
 

Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen advises agricultural producers who make available to their employees health care reimbursement plans to assure that those are in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, with some new developments regarding that having just now emerged.

- 11/12/2014
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

The manager of the Plant Protection and Weed Control Division of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Jeff Vogel, urges those who cut or purchase firewood to limit the transportation distance of that wood, as part of the campaign to keep tree pest problems like pine wilt disease and the emerald ash borer from spreading further in the state.

K-State researchers Ray Asebedo and Trevor Rife tell about the brand-new smart phone application they've created, called the Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator, that growers can use to assess the yield potential of their wheat stands during the growing season...they say that the app can even be used now, as wheat enters dormancy, for making topdress nitrogen plans for later in the winter.

- 11/11/2014
With bowhunting season underway, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee goes over the critical safety guidelines when hunting deer from a tree stand, emphasizing the proper use of safety harnesses.

 

 

K-State swine specialist Jim Nelssen previews the 2014 K-State Swine Day, set for a week from tomorrow in Manhattan...highlighting the presentations that will be made on research advances against the devastating P-E-D virus that has pummeled the swine industry, and on the work being done at K-State to improve survivability of low-birth-weight pigs.

- 11/10/2014
K-State 4-H Extension assistant Evelyn Neier talks about the opportunities for 4-H groups to establish community gardens around Kansas, and provides some guidelines for getting started.

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University offers his take on the latest cattle market trends...he talks about the positive indications from the latest USDA beef export numbers, and comments on the likely increase in feeder cattle demand for wheat pasturing, as grazing conditions have improved in the southern plains.

- 11/10/2014
K-State beef cattle specialist Sandy Johnson talks about the comparative costs of beef A-I breeding and natural service, saying that the economics of beef cattle production have changed to the point where A-I is now much more cost competitive with natural service than it has historically been.

- 11/7/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.
 

The associate director of the I-G-P Institute at K-State, Mark Fowler, talks about future directions for that program in promoting sales and usage of Kansas grains domestically and abroad, as outlined by the institute's advisory board as it met this month...he also tells about the recent emphasis on food safety in the institute's short courses.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks about what next Monday's USDA grain production and supply-and-demand reports are likely to say, and he comments on surging soybean exports and lagging corn and wheat exports, during his weekly analysis of the grain markets.

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

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