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 grain market economist Dan O’Brien reviews this week’s trends in the grain markets:  he comments on how long he thinks that grain sorghum will continue trading at a premium to corn in certain locations, and takes another look at the corn-to-soybean price ratio as an indicator of producer planting intentions this spring.

- 1/23/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

- 1/23/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

A featured speaker at the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, co-sponsored by K-State Research and Extension this week:  former Oklahoma State University cropping systems specialist and now a producer and consultant in northeast Colorado, Chad Godsey, talks about practical adaptation of precision agricultural technology by farmers, and what he sees as the lead technology interests in the central plains region.

- 1/22/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about what homeowners can do to ready a site for spring tree planting, for either landscaping or conservation purposes.

The associate director of the IGP Institute at K-State, Mark Fowler, provides an update on that institute's latest educational activities in promoting U.S. grain sales and usage.  He talks about a highly-popular session this month for commercial grain elevator operators here in Kansas, and looks ahead to similar training to be offered to domestic grain producers with large-volume on-farm grain storage facilities.

K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey has the details on two educational opportunities for hog producers starting in February, conducted via teleconference with on-line support materials:  SowBridge and PorkBridge.  Experts from K-State and 10 other land-grant universities will address numerous herd health and management topics relevant to swine operations during these monthly and bi-monthly sessions, respectively.

- 1/21/2015
K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby goes over aspects of the new USDA commodity program features that are raising questions with producers, as Art and fellow K-State agricultural economists conduct the series of Farm Bill decision informational meetings around Kansas this winter:  he walks through the basics of how crop prices and yields are determined for program purposes, and how each factors into the ARC and PLC program options...he also talks about the yields for 2014 wheat program payments that were just released by the USDA, and how the variations in those yields from county to county in Kansas will impact the likely returns to producers from each of the program options.

- 1/21/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

- 1/21/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

- 1/21/2015
K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby continues his overview of the Farm Bill.

K-State forester Leah Scott announces that orders are now being taken for low-cost conservation tree seedlings through the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program, for windbreak, riparian or other conservation plantings...and Kate Hagans files a report on a new $13 million USDA water quality initiative for establishing conservation tree plantings in riparian areas that drain into Kansas reservoirs...with advisory and technical support being provided by the Kansas Forest Service at K-State.

- 1/20/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

K-State irrigation engineer Dan Rogers previews the 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition taking place in Colby in mid-February, co-sponsored by K-State...he talks about several of the highlighted topics to be addressed in the multiple technical sessions at that conference.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee continues the discussion of the feral cat problem in the U.S., this week outlining the extent of the problem overall, and why controlling it is so difficult.

- 1/19/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

K-State swine veterinarian Steve Dritz talks about a new series of instructional videos for hog producers on feed biosecurity, as an important part of combatting porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in swine herds.

Grant County Extension agent Mary Sullivan talks about the achievements of the Growing Kansas Leaders program taking place in several parts of the state.

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska offers this week's cattle market commentary:  she remarks on last week's drastic downturn in most segments of the cattle markets, and whether the markets will right themselves this week...she also looks at the announced change in tariff status for Australian beef entering Japan, and how that might affect U.S. beef exports into that country.

- 1/16/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

- 1/16/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

- 1/16/2015
The state director of the Farm Service Agency, Adrian Polansky, talks about several timely USDA program items:  the upcoming deadline for applying for the Livestock Disaster Assistance program, the opportunities to learn more about making the long-term crop program decision within the new commodity title, and the option for terminating Conservation Reserve Program contracts early.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien reflects on the USDA's grain stocks and winter wheat seedings reports from earlier this week, and how they've impacted his latest price range projections for wheat, feedgrains and soybeans, during his weekly segment on the grain markets

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson announces that K-State's 2015 Chemical Weed Control Guide for field crops has just been released for producers to use:  he goes over the information contained in that guide, including a new feature that will help crop growers contend with herbicide resistance issues through better management.

K-State agronomist Stu Duncan offers his observations on the state of the Kansas winter wheat crop, coming out the sustained harsh cold weather of the past few weeks...he advises growers who are concerned about winterkill to their stands to take samples from their fields and test their growth status indoors.

- 1/15/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

Director of K-State's John Pair Horticulture Research Center near Wichita, Jason Griffin, tells of new elm tree varieties available to homeowners that are fully resistant to Dutch elm disease.

Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen cites two new court rulings out of Kansas that both address oil and gas exploration issues...one having to do with who is responsible for plugging abandoned oil wells.

- 1/14/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses utilizing cover crops for cattle grazing:  what research says about the impact of grazing on soil compaction, and about cattle gains from cover crop forage...she shares early data from an ongoing study of cover crop grazing in east-central Kansas.

K-State agronomist Lucas Haag previews two events for crop producers coming up next week:  K-State's annual Cover Your Acres Conference in Oberlin, and the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference in Salina.

A world-renowned agronomist from the University of Western Australia, Zed Rengel, talks about his recent assignment at K-State's Department of Agronomy as a Fulbright Scholar, and his cutting-edge studies of crop root development:  he's promoting this area of research as critical to feeding the expanding world population in the decades ahead, as stronger root systems will be necessary for crop production on lesser-quality soils...and he talks about emphasizing root genetics as a major component of crop genetic development.

- 1/13/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

A world-renowned agronomist from the University of Western Australia, Zed Rengel, talks about his recent assignment at K-State's Department of Agronomy as a Fulbright Scholar, and his cutting-edge studies of crop root development:  he's promoting this area of research as critical to feeding the expanding world population in the decades ahead, as stronger root systems will be necessary for crop production on lesser-quality soils...and he talks about emphasizing root genetics as a major component of crop genetic development.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new study of feral cats as carriers of a disease that can spread to wildlife, and potentially to humans who consume wild game.

- 1/12/2015
K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor follows with findings of a new K-State analysis of the premiums and discounts paid for beef calves and yearlings...and how the cost of gain and fed cattle prices influence the price relationship between the two...Glynn says this important for all segments of cattle production to be familiar with.

- 1/12/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market commentary:   in addition to covering last week's cash and futures cattle market action, he shares some thoughts he'll be presenting at a cattle producer seminar later this month on reinvesting recent profits from cattle production back into the operation.

K-State 4-H specialist Pam van Horn talks about some of the innovative ideas that adult volunteers have been putting to work in the 4-H equine and dairy projects.

 

 

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