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 several weeks. See our Affiliates for airtimes. Send comments to ksrenews@ksu.edu.
 
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K-State cropping systems specialist Ignacio Ciampitti talks about problems with early corn and soybean stands because of waterlogged soils, and what that means for the health and productivity of those crops further ahead in the growing season.

- 5/22/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on this week's rally in the wheat market, and analyzes the falloff in grain sorghum prices lately at Kansas elevators, as talking points for his weekly grain market segment.

- 5/22/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

K-State animal science researcher Kelli Retallick talks about the results of her new study, which sought to find a better way of predicting beef cattle feeding efficiency through genetic selection...she has discovered that post-weaning calf gain is a very good indicator of that economically relevant trait.

- 5/21/2015
K-State's horticultural agent in Riley County, Gregg Eyestone, outlines the steps to thinning tree fruit here in late spring, explaining why it's wise to do so.

K-State equine nutritionist James Lattimer discusses nutritional management of performance and pleasure horses while they're on summer grass...what supplemental nutrient and mineral needs are necessary to maintain horse condition and health.

- 5/21/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

- 5/20/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

- 5/20/2015
Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University reports on two recent legal developments of interest to livestock producers...one, a settlement in a court case over livestock waste applications to farmland, the other on owner liability when livestock escape onto roadways and are involved in an accident.

K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine talks about plant health problems in early corn and soybean stands that may have been prompted by the recent cool and wet weather...and possible disease problems that could eventually result.

- 5/20/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about raising koi and goldfish in backyard ponds.

K-State nutrient management specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz talks about possible nutrient deficiencies that could be resulting in poor-doing corn stands here in the early part of the growing season...he talks about what steps, if any, can be taken to correct such deficiencies in the next couple of weeks.

Conservation program specialist Rod Winkler of the Farm Service Agency reminds producers and landowners about the ongoing opportunities to enroll land in the continuous Conservation Reserve Program...he goes over the assortment of enrollment options that are available, and the conservation purposes they are designed to serve.

- 5/19/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

K-State 4-H specialist Pam Van Horn talks about the upcoming Kansas 4-H Horse Judging Contest in Salina, and addresses what that activity provides in the way of youth skills development.


 

K-State pasture management specialist Walt Fick talks about effective control of buckbrush in pastures, saying that now is an ideal time to treat buckbrush with a herbicide...he goes over the recommended options.

- 5/18/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary:  she looks ahead to this week's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and discusses recent improvements in central plains pasture conditions, and what that might mean for beef herd expansion.

- 5/15/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

K-State agricultural economist Andy Barkley talks about new research he co-authored on the effects of warmer temperature trends during the latter part of the winter wheat growing season, and the ensuing impact on yields...he and colleagues used an economic model to measure this, which he says illustrates the economic importance of developing wheat varieties with greater heat tolerance.

- 5/15/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien offers his latest grain price average forecast for this marketing year, based on the USDA's grain supply-and-demand report out this week...he also weighs in on the current litigation over the market impact of China's banning of corn imports from the U.S. a couple of years ago because of a GMO corn seed issue.

- 5/14/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news, and offers a tribute to Jack Burke, former head of Extension TV and Radio at K-State, who recently passed away.

The associate director of the IGP Institute at K-State, Mark Fowler, reports on the latest efforts by that program to promote Kansas grain sales abroad through grain buyer education:  he talks about a group of foreign wheat millers who participated in a recent IGP short course, and about a grain quality session put on for domestic elevator managers.

- 5/14/2015
K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about damage to landscape woody ornamentals resulting from the sharp drop in temperatures early last November, describing a condition called "marcescence." 

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson discusses the value of measuring calving distribution as part of beef reproduction management...recording and analyzing calving date patterns, which can be useful information for cow and heifer breeding purposes.

More from a recent conversation with Kansas Farm Management economists about the new 2014 Kansas Net Farm Income Report from the association, and what it suggests about the economic state of Kansas farms and ranches as we move through 2015...featuring comments from K-State's Dave Rempe, Jim Huschka, Clay Simons and Mark Wood

- 5/13/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

- 5/13/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson talks about options for controlling weeds in thin wheat stands as the crop pushes toward harvest...he explains why treating at the current stage of crop maturity is prohibitive, but that growers can otherwise start lining out their plans for pre-harvest control right now.

A conversation with several area economists with the Kansas Farm Management Association, about the just-finished Kansas Net Farm Income summary for 2014...that report is considered a major indicator of the health of the Kansas agricultural economy:  featured are KFMA administrator Kevin Herbel, along with economists Bryan Manny of south-central Kansas, Clay Simons of northeast Kansas, Dave Rempe of north-central Kansas, Jim Huschka of southeast Kansas, Sandy Myers of southwest Kansas, and Mark Wood of northwest Kansas.

- 5/12/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at biological control of excessive plant growth in farm ponds, specifically employing grass carp and tilapia to feed on those plants.

Continued conversation with several area economists with the Kansas Farm Management Association about the just-finished Kansas Net Farm Income summary for 2014.

the coordinator of the Operation: Military Kids Program in Kansas, K-State's Ann Domsch, talks about a series of day camps for military youth coming up in the state.

K-State feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt talks about the ongoing problem with liver abscesses in beef carcasses, and attempts to curb those incidents...toward that end, he discusses a abscess-prevention protocol that's been tested in K-State trials.

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  he goes over the positive indications from the latest U.S. beef trade data, and he discusses the expected rate of cow herd expansion for the remainder of this year and into 2016, and how long cow-calf producers can expect good economic returns.

- 5/11/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

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