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.
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Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's top agricultural news stories.

K-State cropping systems agronomist John Holman addresses another current weed concern:  volunteer corn springing up in fallow fields...he looks at K-State research into the impact that volunteer corn has on the following wheat crop yields, and offers K-State's recommendations on when it's economically justifiable to control it, as well as the herbicide options for doing so.

- 7/24/2014
K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about overly-thick thatch in home lawns, and the summertime stress it can create for lawn grass, as well as what to do about it.

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson talks about the explosion of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth in row crop fields around Kansas, and what producers need to think about in mapping out a long-term management plan for controlling this aggressive weed.

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University comments on new agricultural law developments, including a key ruling on a provision of the Affordable Health Care Act, and another proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency that he says is wholly unconstitutional.

K-State canola agronomist Mike Stamm discusses what was learned about canola variety performance during the sub-par growing season just passed....and he tells of two opportunities to learn more about canola production at upcoming workshops co-sponsored by K-State.

A guest speaker at K-State this week, Montana State University agricultural economist Anton Bekkerman, talks about his study of how shuttle train grain loading facilities have influenced the prices received by Kansas grain producers.

- 7/23/2014
Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

Host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's top agricultural news stories.

K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi discusses the nutritional role that summer annual forages can fill in cattle feeding rations, going over the various forage types and the feeding programs they fit.

State animal health commissioner Bill Brown of the Kansas Department of Agriculture has more on the alert to horse owners about the disease vesicular stomatitis, which has recently been confirmed in Texas and Colorado...he talks about the serious physical afflictions this disease causes, and why horse owners need to be on the watch for it.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a newly-published research review on bird-vehicle collisions...an attempt to establish the extent of bird losses and pinpoint why they occur.

- 7/21/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

For this week's Kansas 4-H segment, the coordinator of the Operation: Military Kids program, K-State's Ann Domsch, has the word on a couple of special events for daughters of military families coming up in early August...plus this week's lineup of county fairs around Kansas.
 

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti looks at drought stress that has set in, in numerous corn fields around Kansas...he says that some stands are on the verge of aborting kernels, while others are exhibiting other signs of stress...he goes over what corn growers should be watching for.

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides the cattle market analysis for this week...he looks ahead to two important USDA reports due out this Friday: the monthly Cattle-on-Feed Report and the return of the biannual Cattle Inventory Report, the latter expected to indicate the degree of cattle herd expansion taking place.

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about trends in key financial ratios that are evident in the Kansas Farm Management Association's 2013 Kansas net farm income report, and he talks about how that overall report matches up with the USDA's farm income analysis.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien passes along his revised price probability projections for corn and wheat, based on the USDA's latest grain supply and demand report...and he remarks on this week's plunge in the corn and soybean markets, as part of his weekly segment on the grain market trends.

- 7/18/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

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

K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson has advice on controlling the flush of weed growth that is turning in wheat stubble after the harvest, and why producers need to knock those weeds out as soon as possible...he covers the herbicide recommendations, especially for kochia, Palmer amaranth and other weeds that are showing resistance to glyphosate treatments.

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner reports on his new research, on feeding ammoniated wheat straw as a roughage for the beef cow herd...and whether that straw can serve as an adequate forage when the anhydrous ammonia treatment is cut in half as a cost-savings measure.

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

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

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study on rabbit damage control, which focused on the performance of several rabbit repellant products.

- 7/15/2014
K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley talks about cover crop options and management for Kansas conditions, and how producers can overcome challenges to raising various cover crops...she presented this information at an in-service field day for agribusiness retailers hosted by K-State last week.

- 7/15/2014
The state director of the Farm Service Agency, Adrian Polansky, covers a number of USDA program developments:  the sign-up for the Livestock Feed Program continues for producers who endured drought-related feed resource losses during the past three years; how the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species has impacted a producer's ability to use former C-R-P grasslands;  and a progress report on the preparations for the new-look commodity program sign-up to take place later this year.

- 7/15/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

K-State 4-H specialist Deryl Waldren looks ahead to the 2014 Northwest Area 4-H Youth and Leaders Forum coming up for 4-Hers and adults in August.

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson has more on fly control management for the cattle herd on pasture, stressing the idea of using control products only when the fly activity has reached the point that control is warranted...she also urges good control stewardship, by alternating products midway through the grazing season.

State statistician Jason Lamprecht of Kansas Agricultural Statistics reviews the latest estimate on the Kansas winter wheat crop from last Friday's USDA grain supply and demand report

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, is featured on this week's cattle market segment:  he comments on last week's retreat in the fed cattle market, the latest beef export and import numbers from the USDA, and a rise in the value of cow beef in the domestic market.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien looks ahead to today's USDA grain supply and demand report, and what market watchers are generally anticipating, as the featured topic in his grain market analysis for this week...he also talks about improving grain basis levels at Kansas elevators, despite the recent slide in grain futures prices.

The associate director of the International Grains Program at K-State, Mark Fowler, reports on recent IGP activity in educating prospective U.S. grain customers...including milling short courses for wheat buyers which represent over half of U.S. hard red winter wheat export business.

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

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

The chief of policy and planning with the Kansas Water Office, Susan Metzger, discusses the draft proposal for the state's 50-year water use vision plan that's being presented to agricultural and other stakeholder groups at a series of meetings around Kansas this week...she talks about various aspects of that preliminary plan, such as expanding local enhanced management areas for water use and promoting research into more water-thrifty cropping systems.

K-State irrigation engineer Danny Rogers provides a status report on the growth of sub-surface drip irrigation in Kansas:  the advantages it provides in water conservation and the challenges to making it work...he also previews the special K-State SDI Field Day set for August 6th in Colby.

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

Riley County Extension horticulturist Gregg Eyestone talks about harvesting a variety of garden crops at the proper time:  sweet corn, summer squash, green beans, cucumbers and blackberries.

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