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 livestock economist Dustin Pendell discusses his new study of the economic impacts of an emergency vaccination response to a simulated outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the central plains cattle region....the findings of this study will lend guidance to animal health officials in planning for an actual FMD situation, should it ever occur.

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  he offers his thoughts on whether the fed cattle market has hit its low for the summer, and talks about the mid-year USDA cattle inventory report, and what it suggests about the pace of cattle herd expansion.

K-State 4-H plant science coordinator Evelyn Neier talks about the 2015 Kansas 4-H Horticultural Judging Contest coming up later this month....plus this week's county fair calendar.

- 8/3/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at today's ag news.

- 7/31/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf shares the just-finished report on disease losses in the Kansas winter wheat crop this past season, which reinforces the cause for disease management in the next crop...he also talks about newly-revised K-State guidelines on using wheat seed treatments as a defense against diseases.

- 7/31/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien offers up his latest take on the grain market trends, coming off a bearish week in the trades...he also spends some time on recently-announced changes in China's grain pricing policies, and what that might mean for potential U.S. grain exports into that country.

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson talks about the new regulations on antibiotic use in livestock feed going into effect starting this fall, which will require a "veterinary feed directive" ...she explains just what this new protocol means at the farm and ranch level, urging producers to start discussing this with their veterinarian soon.

K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi covers an assortment of management considerations for cow-calf producers as we head into the latter stages of the summer...including mineral supplementation and fly control.

- 7/30/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle has more information on responding to brown patch disease in fescue lawns, and talks about adjusting lawn watering schedules to compensate for poor grass root development.

- 7/29/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University provides his regular update on agricultural law developments:  he talks about the tax extenders bill now under consideration in Congress, and its importance to agricultural producers...he also cites a recent court ruling in one state on the taxation status of grain storage bins.

- 7/29/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

- 7/29/2015
K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti tells about the brand-new phone app from K-State that provides an on-the-spot estimation of a given soybean field's yield potential...he explains how this soybean yield calculator works, and points out its advantages over conventional yield estimation methods.

K-State meat scientist Terry Houser reports on two studies funded by the pork and beef checkoff programs, respectively:  one looks at improving the stability of bacon in cold storage, and the other seeks an alternative for blade tenderization of sirloin steaks.

- 7/28/2015
K-State canola agronomist Mike Stamm looks back at the canola production season in Kansas, and what growers can take from that as they ready for planting the next canola crop in early fall...he also tells of two K-State canola schools for growers coming up next week in Wichita and Garden City.

- 7/28/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses what's behind the hike in summer fish kills in farm ponds, and what can be done about it.

- 7/27/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

the new president of the Kansas 4-H Foundation, Jake Worcester, talks about the future plans for the foundation in support of the state 4-H program.

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, analyzes both the USDA's monthly cattle-on-feed and semi-annual cattle inventory reports during this week's cattle market segment:  he talks about the LMIC's latest projections on the rate of expansion in the nation's cattle herd and the ensuing impact on cattle prices.

K-State rangeland scientist Bob Gillen talks about a new study he has conducted, comparing many years of research results on intensive rotational grazing systems and conventional grazing systems...he found that while there are positives to intensive grazing, that system has no advantage over conventional grazing in grass production or cattle gains.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks about the latest trends in grain price basis at Kansas country elevators, and looks at how wet weather continues to impact the wheat market, well after the Kansas harvest, as talking points during his weekly grain market commentary.

- 7/24/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

- 7/24/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State crop nutrient specialist Dave Mengel tells why conducting a plant nutrient analysis for soybeans now can pay off for the grower, either as a diagnostic tool or for monitoring stand conditions...he says this is especially important in light of the planting-time difficulties with the current crop.

- 7/23/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State horticultural disease specialist Megan Kennelly advises homeowners on responding to a couple of lawn diseases now showing up, as well as rust disease on certain landscape trees.

K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses the use of various cover crops as grazing forages for beef cattle in the fall and winter...she goes over the cover crop types and their forage production potential, and talks about K-State research into the best utilization of these crops for cow herd or stocker grazing.

K-State cropping systems specialist Ignacio Ciampitti talks about a growing-season corn yield prediction model that K-State is contributing to....growers can refer to this on-line running account of growing conditions at several locations in Kansas, to get an idea of the yield potential of their corn stands from now to harvest time.

- 7/22/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State beef cattle nutritionist Chris Reinhardt makes the case for early-weaning spring-born beef calves, even though pasture conditions are in good shape around Kansas this summer...he points to the advantages in overall calf performance and in restoring cow condition as two prime reasons for early weaning in the weeks ahead.

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, looks ahead to two back-to-back informational conferences for cooperative managers and co-op producer members coming up in August at K-State:  the Kansas Cooperative Council's 2015 Leadership Roundtable and the K-State Symposium on Cooperative Issues...both will center on current challenges facing agricultural cooperatives in the state.

- 7/22/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

- 7/21/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth alerts growers to an assortment of insects that are now threatening various summer crops:  he talks about controlling potato leafhoppers in alfalfa, looks at what's causing "silk clipping" in corn and whether it's worth the grower's while to do anything about it, and comments on burrowing bugs in soybean stands.

K-State research entomologist J.P. Michaud reports on the confirmation of sugarcane aphid in northern Oklahoma, now poised to move into Kansas grain sorghum fields:  he goes over how to scout grain sorghum for this highly-damaging pest, and at what point the grower should respond with an insecticide treatment.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the issues associated with pellet-feeding large-mouth bass in farm ponds, saying that another feeding approach is preferred.

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