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

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 climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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'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 wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on new research into strategically harvesting deer to promote antler size in the remaining herd...the results of which conflict with previous research on the same subject.

K-State plant pathologist Chris Little talks about the latest research at the university into two disease challenges for row crop growers:  sudden death syndrome in soybeans, and head molds in grain sorghum...he'll outline the research approaches he and others at K-State are taking against these two pathogens.

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, offers his insight on the mounting concern over rail transport availability as the fall grain harvest commences...he talks about the major issues the railroad snags have caused for grain producers and elevators in the northern plains, and whether those same issues could spread to Kansas.

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he looks ahead to the USDA's monthly cattle-on-feed report coming out later this week, and looks back at the USDA's latest crop production report and what that signifies to the cattle trades.

- 9/15/2014
K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw and the vice-president of the Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council, Anna Setter, remind 4-Hers and adult leaders about the upcoming 48 Hours of 4-H community service activity coming up in October.

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

K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses cow-calf management when pasture is limited, as well as managing the cow herd in a drylot situation...both topics are covered in new Extension publications from K-State.

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

The associate director of the IGP Institute (formerly the International Grains Program) at K-State, Mark Fowler, reports on recent news and activities at the institute, including a poultry nutrition course, and the growing distance education curriculum.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien offers his weekly analysis of the grain markets.

News briefs from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.

K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley looks at the role of gypsum as a soil amendment product for Kansas crop fields...and why gypsum is not a perfect substitute for lime in correcting acetic soils, as some have thought.

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

K-State veterinarian Butch Kukanich and Iowa State veterinarian Hans Coetzee talk about the new  protocol they've developed for alleviating chronic pain in cattle, particularly after they've been worked, which has been found to improve the eventual performance of those cattle....this is being touted as a possible alternative to antibiotic use in cattle health management.

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham comments on properly harvesting and storing winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as whether crabapples from the home landscape are safe to eat.
 

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

K-State soybean breeder Bill Schapaugh shares information from a special soybean breeders' tour of central and eastern Kansas last week, which showcased advances and challenges in soybean variety improvement.

K-State plant pathologist Bill Bockus reports on multiple years of research into the effectiveness of a specific insecticidal treatment on wheat seed as a defense against one of the leading wheat disease concerns every growing season, barley yellow dwarf...evaluating the costs and returns of using the product.

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

K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley looks at what fall-planted spring oats and turnips have to offer, not only as cover crops, but as grazing forage for livestock...she talks about planting-time management to get these crops up and growing rapidly.

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti completes his series on estimating row crop yields ahead of harvest, today centering on grain sorghum....an estimation that's more challenging because of the nature of sorghum seed set...he talks about an approach to predicting yield with reasonably good accuracy, which is outlined in the latest K-State Agronomy E-update Newsletter. (Web) (PDF)

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

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses mineral feeding to deer, with the objective of promoting trophy antler growth...he says the research shows that this tactic may be overrated.

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