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The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio



K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien breaks down the pre-report estimates for next week's USDA planting intentions report, and updates his projections on net returns to row crop production in Kansas this year, as talking points during his weekly grain market commentary.

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


CURRYING THE COLOMBIAN MARKET Play Audio



A Kansas wheat farmer recently spent some time in South America, promoting wheat sales to a country that often goes overlooked as an important U.S. wheat customer.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.
 

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


Promoting Kansas Grain Abroad Via Distance Education Play Audio



The associate director of the IGP Institute at K-State, Mark Fowler, reports on the institute's latest activities in promoting Kansas grain sales abroad via purchaser education:  he talks about the increasing success in reaching grain importing interests abroad via distance education.

3/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


Addressing Weed Challenges in Soybeans Play Audio



K-State crop production specialist Doug Shoup talks about pre-emergence herbicide treatments on soybean ground ahead of planting, and the best options for various weed challenges in soybeans, considering the glyphosate resistance factor that has turned up in many locations around Kansas.

3/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
3/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


Huck Boyd Institute to Present Leader of the Year Awards for Entrepreneurship, Diversity and Service



Outreach, innovation and service would be hallmarks of the five Kansas initiatives which are to be recognized by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as Leaders of the Year for 2015.
3/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Wheat Crop Update Play Audio



K-State crop production specialist Stu Duncan passes along observations on the state of the Kansas wheat crop that were exchanged during a statewide Extension agent conference call last week...indications are that winter damage and outright winterkill are prevalent in numerous fields, and Stu talks about what individual growers should now be inspecting for.

3/24/2015 7:00:00 PM


Using Drones to Identify Insect Infestation in Wheat Play Audio



K-State crop entomologist Brian McCornack talks about a new three-year project that he and colleagues at K-State are launching this year:  the use of unmanned aerial systems in identifying insect activity in wheat fields...this work is funded by a substantial grant from a research center in Australia, and will find out just how much these systems can advance the ability to scout fields for insect pests, leading to more efficient control.

3/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Potential for Wheat Rust in Kansas Play Audio



K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf has the latest on disease potential in Kansas wheat as the crop develops in the coming weeks...he notes the reports of rust disease building up in states to the south, and if that threat could start turning up in Kansas as well.

3/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Agriculture



From field crops to garden vegetables, various types of foods rely on soil for growth. The world population continues to grow, and one of the main challenges those involved in agriculture face is increasing the overall productivity of soils to meet elevated food demands.
3/23/2015 8:00:00 AM


2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Support Agriculture



Two Kansas State University agronomists, Dave Mengel and Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, explain how soil captures water and provides nutrients for crops. See video
3/20/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio



K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien goes over one highly-respected firm's survey of farmer spring-planting intentions released this week, in advance of the USDA's prospective plantings report coming out later this month...and he talks about his own just-released projection on expected net returns to summer crops in Kansas this year, which producers can use as a reference for their own planting decisions this spring.

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


Corn Seeding Rates Play Audio



K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti discusses corn seeding rates, and the factors that he considers the most important as a grower settles on plant population targets and the seeding rates that will get them there...there's a helpful guide on that now available in the latest K-State Agronomy E-update Newsletter.

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


TRADE WITH CUBA Play Audio



A Kansas wheat farmer was among a coalition of U.S. agricultural interests which recently traveled to Cuba, to explore new trade opportunities there.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


Impact of Glyphosate-Tolerant Crop Production on Soil Properties Play Audio



K-State soil scientist Augustine Obour reports his new research findings on the impact of glyphosate-tolerant crop production on soil properties over multiple growing seasons...he has discovered that the nutrient content of such soils can change favorably for the producer under long-term production of glyphosate-resistant corn and soybeans.

3/18/2015 7:00:00 PM


Controlling Alfalfa Weevil Play Audio



K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth provides early-spring advice to alfalfa growers about controlling alfalfa weevil, which are becoming active in Kansas stands...he encourages producers to not be "trigger-happy" with weevil treatments, but rather wait until infestations reach the recommended treatment threshold.

3/18/2015 7:00:00 PM


A Growing Interest in Forage Sorghum



As winter soon comes to a close, it is never too early to start planning feedstuffs production for cattle next winter. Forage sorghum offers a variety of benefits that help secure its place as one of those major feedstuffs.

3/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas State, General Mills allot $400,000 to develop new wheat varieties



Kansas State University officials are hailing a recent partnership with food giant General Mills as a win-win proposition that ultimately will benefit the state’s farmers and consumers worldwide.
3/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


Soil Amendments for Row Crop Fields Play Audio



K-State soil nutrient specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz looks at the merits of applying soil amendment products to row crop fields ahead of planting, and what producers can reasonably expect from those treatments...he urges growers to thoroughly study the performance of these products before investing.

3/17/2015 7:00:00 PM


Controlling Spring Weeds in Winter Wheat Play Audio



K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson discusses spring control of weeds in winter wheat, going over the various herbicide options for dealing with grassy and broadleaf weeds at the proper stage of wheat development.

3/17/2015 7:00:00 PM


Advancements in Crop Genomics Using High-Throughput Phenotyping



High-throughput phenotyping, a new area of agricultural research, is key to accelerating progress in crop improvement. To ensure continuing advances, there is a critical need to train graduate students and scientists in this emerging technology.

3/17/2015 8:00:00 AM


Prescribed Burning Timing, Plus Continuous Grazing - Part One Play Audio



K-State rangeland agronomist Clenton Owensby discusses the timing of prescribed burning, and the ensuing influence on stocker cattle gains, saying that the late-spring time frame remains the optimal burning window.  He also introduces a new continuous grazing concept that has proven its worth over multiple years of K-State field research, including season-long stocking, intensive early stocking and intensive early stocking combined with late season grazing on the same pasture for improved economic returns while not setting back the grass.

3/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Prescribed Burning Timing, Plus Continuous Grazing - Part Two Play Audio



K-State rangeland agronomist Clenton Owensby discusses the timing of prescribed burning, and the ensuing influence on stocker cattle gains, saying that the late-spring time frame remains the optimal burning window.  He also introduces a new continuous grazing concept that has proven its worth over multiple years of K-State field research, including season-long stocking, intensive early stocking and intensive early stocking combined with late season grazing on the same pasture for improved economic returns while not setting back the grass.

3/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Honoring Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers



Six couples have been named Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers for 2014. The couples are identified as leaders in farming and their communities, and they were honored at a banquet March 13 in Manhattan.
3/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


Stored-Product Entomology at Kansas State Surpasses 100 Years



Kansas, known commonly as the “Wheat State,” generally produces the largest amount of hard red winter wheat in the United States, which is used for flour and bread-making. Many people work to ensure that flour is at its highest standard for consumers.
3/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


FESTIVAL OF BREADS Play Audio



The finalists have been selected for the 2015 National Festival of Breads competition, which will take place here in Kansas in June.  Marsha Boswell has the full rundown of this event, on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

3/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio



K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien provides his weekly commentary on the grain markets:  he talks about the markets' reaction to this week's USDA grain stocks and usage report, and remarks on the potential for prospective corn acreage to be planted to grain sorghum instead this spring, in light of dry conditions that are forecast for the central plains region.

3/12/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers: Bill and Ruth Pracht, Anderson County... Play Audio



Continuing our profiles of Kansas farm couples who will be honored this week as Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers:  Bill and Ruth Pracht of Anderson County.

3/10/2015 7:00:00 PM


Ag Law Update... Play Audio



Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen highlights two recent court decisions on disputes over zoning regulations, one involving a farm exemption and C-R-P acreage and the other involving enforcement of a city ordinance on farm ground within the city limits.

3/10/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers: Bill and Chris Pannbacker, Washington County... Play Audio



Another Kansas farm couple who will be honored this week as Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers:  Bill and Chris Pannbacker, Washington County.

3/10/2015 7:00:00 PM