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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- 2/27/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers Kansas agricultural weather.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on the overall commodity price deflation reflected in the projections from the USDA's recent Agricultural Outlook Forum, and what that suggests about the grain price trends going forward...he also remarks about the USDA's forecast for from that forum on this year's crop acreage.

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth advises wheat growers to watch their stands in the weeks ahead for signs of grain mite activity, and he reports on some incidents of Hessian fly damage to winter wheat in Kansas.

- 2/26/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

A K-State College of Agriculture alumnus and one of two Distinguished Young Alumni honored this year by Kansas State University, Corey Fortin, tells of his early-career experiences as an agriculture officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Uganda...he tells of his responsibilities in helping farmers in that country advance their crop production, and why that work is important from a global food perspective.

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about the attributes of several types of fruit trees, for those interested in raising their own tree fruit.

The director of the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State, Dan Thomson, tells of new informational computer app, designed in large part by the institute, which can help cattle producers manage lameness in cattle, which centers on locomotion scoring and diagnostic guidelines for treating a lameness problem..

K-State agricultural engineers Ed Brokesh and Dan Flippo talks about the creation of a new center at K-State that will serve as the national independent performance testing program for a wide array of off-road farm equipment, including high-tech sprayers and planting equipment....they explain how this new service will provide producers with third-party information they can use as they purchase new equipment and technology systems.

- 2/25/2015
Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen goes over several new court rulings of interest to farmers and ranchers, including a decision on a dispute over changing cropland rental rates within a multi-year lease agreement.
 

Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

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

The conclusion of an extended discussion of beef sire selection guidelines (ahead of the spring breeding season) with K-State cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber.  Bob explains why calving ease is the number-one EPD value to consider when selecting bulls for replacement heifer breeding, and explains the added value of using maternal calving ease EPDs...he also goes over the use of breed selection indexes as a primary tool for sire selection.

- 2/24/2015
K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee promotes rabbit hunting as an unsung but rewarding game activity, and talks about habitat management for building cottontail rabbit numbers.

The latest agriculture news from around the state, region, and points beyond.

In the first part of an extended discussion of beef sire selection guidelines (ahead of the spring breeding season) with K-State cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber, he goes through a checklist of considerations when shopping for new bulls at this spring's seedstock sales.

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek discusses beef bull management from now until spring breeding season, running bulls through a complete breeding soundness examination, and assuring that any new bulls brought in are clear of any potential disease problems before they are added to the herd.

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor offers insight on the cattle markets:  he discusses the importance of the Pacific Coast port labor settlement to the cattle markets, saying the beef backlog there contributed notably to the recent weakness in the markets...he also shares his latest projections on cattle feedlot returns for the next several months.

K-State 4-H events coordinator Sarah Keatley recaps the recent 4-H Citizenship in Action event at the Kansas Legislature in Topeka.

- 2/23/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers Kansas agricultural weather.

Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.
 

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on the USDA's projections on 2015 crop acreage and market prices which were released at the Agricultural Outlook Forum yesterday, as the focal point of his weekly analysis of the grain market trends.

K-State entomologist J. P. Michaud reports on the potential of a new insect threat to Kansas wheat production this year...an aphid that is now poised to move into the central plains:  he's asking wheat growers to be on the watch for this pest as wheat breaks dormancy this spring.

Johnson County Extension horticulture agent Dennis Patton goes over the guidelines for pruning fruit trees in late winter.

 K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor discusses the just-posted estimates on cash rental rates for Kansas cropland for 2015, calculated on a county-by-county basis...this information is intended to help the tenant and landlord determine the most equitable lease rate for both parties, given the current economics of crop production.

K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi goes over the entire agenda for the 102nd Cattleman's Day at K-State, set for Friday, March 6th on the campus...the keynote speaker for which will be an executive with the world's largest fast-food chain, talking about the sustainability of beef production from the consumer's viewpoint.

The latest agriculture news from around the state, region, and points beyond.

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

Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

K-State plant pathologist Jim Stack reports on the development of genetic-based diagnostic tools that will allow for much more rapid identification of, and response to, various crop pathogens...technology that will soon be operational for producers and crop consultants to use out in the field.

 K-State plant pathologist Chris Little talks about research advances at the university against two leading disease problems in grain sorghum production:  finding genetic ways of fending off seeding diseases in grain sorghum, and seeking resistance to stalk rot disease later on in the grain sorghum season.

The latest agriculture news from around the state, region, and points beyond.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study of copperhead activity near public hiking trails, seeking a way to minimize human encounters with these poisonous snakes.

The discussion with K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid continues, as she addresses some of the more-common questions she's asked by producers.  In the conclusion, she discusses how the irrigation designation for an individual county factors into the program choice;  what appears to be the best program option for sunflower growers;  and she tells of upgrades to the on-line K-State/Oklahoma State decision making tool that producers can use to finalize their program decisions.

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid tackles several frequently-asked questions about the new commodity program options for crop producers, with the enrollment deadline just over a month away:  In this segment, she addresses such things as updating payment yields and reallocating acreage bases.

- 2/16/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

K-State 4-H specialist Deryl Waldren talks about the various aspects of the 4-H Dog Care and Training project, and what young people can gain from it.

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska offers her thoughts on the current cattle market trends, and shares information she's been presenting at beef producer meetings this winter on re-growing the cow-calf herd and on creating new profit centers in the cattle operation to accommodate returning family members.

K-State irrigation engineer Danny Rogers goes over several of the water conservation principles highlighted in a new publication out of K-State entitled "Agricultural Crop Water Use"...it offers guidelines for crop irrigators to aid in important management decisions.

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