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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- 10/23/2014
K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby comments on the USDA's announcement earlier this week concerning the "50 percent" rule applying to crop insurance actual production history reporting by crop producers... he has run an analysis of what that likely would mean to producers in the central plains.

Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton runs through an end-of-season checklist for vegetable gardeners.

- 10/23/2014
Kate Hagans continues her series this week with county and district Extension agricultural agents from around Kansas, speaking with Joe Leibbrandt of Grant County in southwest Kansas.

- 10/23/2014
Kate Hagans visits with Chris Petty of the Southwind Extension District in southeast Kansas.

- 10/22/2014
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor discusses the ruling this week by the World Trade Organization that the latest version of U.S. country-of-origin labeling of meat products violates international trade rules.  He comments on what the ruling means for the future of C-O-O-L, weaving in his research results on consumer response to labeling at the retail level.

- 10/22/2014
A visit with agronomy agent Michelle Buchanan of the newly-created Midway Extension District in central Kansas.

- 10/22/2014
Kate Hagans begins her series of visits this week with county and district Extension agricultural agents who are in Manhattan for the 2014 K-State Research and Extension annual conference.  Today, she visits with agronomy agent Kim Larson of the River Valley Extension District in north-central Kansas.

Today's ag news.

K-State weed management specialists Dallas Peterson and Curt Thompson discuss the implications of switching corn and soybean seed selection for next spring's planting, away from higher-priced seed technology in favor of conventional hybrids and varieties...they give producers some input to consider from the weed control standpoint before making that move.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews a new study of specific repellants designed to discourage Canada geese from feeding on soybeans late in the growing season.

The director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment at K-State, Dan Devlin, provides an update on a multi-year project, funded by the USDA, which is looking at multiple aspects of Great Plains cattle grazing programs in relationship to climate change...this project is expected to provide the first comprehensive scientific view of that relationship.

The presenter of the 2014 Ellis Lecture in Soil Science at K-State, geoscientist Susan Brantley of Penn State University, talks about the use of hydrological fracking in oil and gas exploration, and what science says about the ensuing impact on groundwater supplies...she advises agricultural producers and others who use groundwater to be knowledgeable about the topic.

Today's ag news.

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  in addition to recapping last week's fed and feeder cattle trades, he looks at the latest retail meat price trends,  and comments on the latest USDA beef export/import numbers.

K-State 4-H specialist Rod Buchele reports that applications are being taken for the Kansas 4-H Master Volunteer Program, training for which starts early in 2015.

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti returns to look at the chances of Kansas grain sorghum stands maturing before a widespread hard freeze hits the state...he draws from extensive K-State research on grain sorghum physiology as a guide.

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

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien remarks on the grain markets' subdued response to the USDA's crop production and grain stocks reports from last Friday, and talks about whether, in fact, the harvest low may already be in the trades, as topics during his weekly grain market segment.

- 10/17/2014
Eric Atkinson brings you the latest headlines and news.

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about harvesting and storing those very last garden vegetables of the season.

K-State feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt encourages cattle producers to prepare their drylots and other feeding areas now for muddy conditions that could develop in late fall and over the winter, and why that's important to cattle nutritional performance.

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner offers several thoughts on supplementation strategies for the beef cow herd on lower-quality roughages, such as late-season native pastures or crop stover, including knowing when to supplement based on the protein content of that roughage.

Staff economist with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Josh Roe, announces that several applicants in Kansas have now received USDA Specialty Crop Development Grants...he outlines what those grants will be supporting, and how others can apply for such funding in the future.

A guest speaker on the K-State campus this week:  the general manager of water resource planning for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in Australia, Tony McLeod, talks about the attempt in that agriculturally-prominent basin to re-allocate and extend surface and ground water supplies, and the challenges that resemble those of Kansas, as this state embarks on similar policy efforts.

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

- 10/15/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University discusses the new circuit court ruling on whether non-farmers must pay self-employment tax on Conservation Reserve Program payments...he talks about what this ruling means to Kansas C-R-P contract holders who aren't actively engaged in farming.

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti follows up with an explanation of why some soybean fields are still exhibiting green stems, even though the leaves have dropped and the pods are mature...he advises growers on when to go ahead and harvest such fields...he also talks abut the "purpling" syndrome in grain sorghum, and what's been causing that.

K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine concludes his recap of disease issues in Kansas row crops this year with his summary of soybean disease problems:  he talks about how the wet early summer set the table for what he calls the most active soybean disease season he's ever seen in Kansas.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks looks at what research says about coyote predation on deer, and whether that's a reason for a decline in deer numbers in Kansas in recent years.

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

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he'll go over the latest USDA beef export/import figures, and talks about the USDA's feed price ratio numbers and just-released feedgrain production numbers, and what they mean to the cattle trade.

K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi talks about several aspects of turning the cow herd out on grazing stover after this fall's harvest, including determining the volume and nutritional value of the crop residue, and cautions about prussic acid being present in crop stubble re-growth.

State statistician Jason Lamprecht of Kansas Agricultural Statistics covers the Kansas numbers from last Friday's USDA crop production report.

K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw and 4-Her Jill Seiler of the Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council preview the 2014 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum coming up in November.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien allows his thoughts on the USDA crop production and grain stocks reports to be released later this morning, and comments on weakening wheat basis at Kansas elevators, as topics for his weekly grain market analysis.


K-State crop production specialist emeritus Jim Shroyer returns with observations on how well the new Kansas winter wheat crop is getting out of the starting gate, and he talks about several reasons why stand emergence might be slow, and whether the grower should act on that.

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

- 10/10/2014
Host Eric Atkinson looks at today's agricultural news.