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Kansas Corn Planting Will Soon Move into High Gear, but Drought Persists

Corn planting in Kansas will soon be in full swing, but dry soils are making for a less than ideal start to the season.
4/17/2015 8:00:00 AM

Grain Market Update... Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien compares his latest price projections for wheat, corn, grain sorghum and soybeans to those of the USDA, based on last week's USDA grain supply-and-demand report, as the main theme of his grain market commentary this week.



4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Canola Crop Update... Play Audio

K-State canola breeder Mike Stamm comments on the weather stresses that the Kansas canola crop has endured since last fall, and how those are impacting the crop's condition right now...he points to the opportunity to screen canola varieties for winter hardiness, and talks about new canola lines soon to be available to growers.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Entry forms are being accepted now for the 2015 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest conducted by Kansas Wheat.  Marsha Boswell has all the details on this opportunity for wheat growers on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio

Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Best Soybean Planting Dates Play Audio

K-State cropping systems specialist Ignacio Ciampitti goes over recent K-State field trials which evaluated various soybean planting dates, matching them up with different variety maturity ratings, and at several test sites in the state...the aim being to identify those optimum planting dates for given locations in the state.

4/15/2015 7:00:00 PM

Using DriftWatch to Prevent Crop Damage from Pesticide Drift Play Audio

From the Pesticide and Fertilizer Program at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Logan Brown outlines the DriftWatch program now available to growers of pesticide-sensitive crops in Kansas...he explains how a grower, as well as a commercial pesticide applicator, can make use of this free-of-charge service to prevent crop damage from pesticide drift.

4/15/2015 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.
4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Jenny Russell - JenRus Freelance

World Wide Web. Of course, that’s the term that we see on the Internet. It reminds us that Internet technology operates far beyond our borders. Today we’ll meet an Internet marketing company which is using the tools of technology to transcend the traditional limitations of distance in rural America. Special thanks to Nex-Tech and writer Steve Herrs whose article in Connections provided content for this Kansas Profile column.
4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM

Alfalfa Weevils and Sugarcane Aphids Play Audio

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth has the latest on alfalfa weevil pressure in Kansas stands, responding to some reports that earlier treatments didn't seem to be working...he also talks about the recent approval of a specific insecticide to contend with possible sugarcane aphid problems in this year's Kansas grain sorghum crop.

4/13/2015 7:00:00 PM

Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day Planned in SE Kansas

A little bit of trade show and a lot of science-based information is planned for Kansas State University’s 2015 Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day in Mound Valley, Kansas on Thursday, May 7.
4/10/2015 8:00:00 AM

Recent Freeze Damage to Winter Wheat Play Audio

K-State crops and soils specialist Doug Shoup follows up with comments on the damage to winter wheat from last weekend's hard freeze in several parts of Kansas, and how growers can identify and evaluate the extent of that damage to their stands.

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


Advances in plant genetic technology have sped up the assembly line for new wheat varieties out of Kansas State University tremendously.  K-State’s leading wheat scientist weighs in on that topic in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.  Here’s Marsha Boswell. 

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien goes over the USDA's latest world grain supply and demand estimates, and how they will guide the grain price trends in the weeks ahead...he also talks about the likely weight the wheat market will give to current concerns about the condition of the Kansas winter wheat crop.

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

Comparing Drought-Tolerant Corn Hybrids to Conventional Hybrids Play Audio

K-State cropping systems agronomist Kraig Roozeboom looks at three years of K-State field trials, comparing drought-tolerant corn hybrids to conventional corn hybrids, and under what situations do those D-T hybrids have a production advantage in high-potential or low-potential growing environments...he says that some trends have emerged, but that everything must be considered on a field-by-field basis.

4/8/2015 7:00:00 PM

Ag Law Update... Play Audio

Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen reviews a handful of new court rulings on agriculture-related cases, including a decision out of Texas on whether a senior water right trumps a specific state exemption from water use restrictions.

4/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weed Control Measures in Grain Sorghum... Play Audio

K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson encourages grain sorghum growers to start formulating their weed control plan for this year's crop now...beginning with a winter annual burndown treatment that can go on any time now.

4/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

Tap into Water: Free Family Fun Day May 2 at Gardner City Lake

K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, and the Hillsdale Area Water Cooperative are teaming up to offer a water education workshop for families on May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gardner City Lake. Families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of learning about and celebrating water.
4/6/2015 8:00:00 AM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien analyzes the longer-term impact of this week's USDA planting intentions and grain stocks reports on the market price trends, as the lead topic in his grain market commentary this week

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM

Nitrogen and Sulfur Treatments for Yellowing Wheat Stands Play Audio

K-State nutrient management specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz talks about the possibility that a nutrient deficiency may be behind the yellowing wheat stands that some Kansas growers are now finding...he discusses whether a late-season nitrogen or sulfur treatment would benefit those stressed stands to the point of boosting their yield potential.

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Kansas Wheat Commission and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers are sponsoring a unique event during the upcoming All-University Open House at Kansas State University.  It will simultaneously promote agriculture and personal exercise, as Marsha Boswell explains.            

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM

Precision Technology for Crop Production Data Play Audio

New K-State cropping systems economist Terry Griffin talks about collecting and managing crop production data through precision technology, and what he tells producers about utilizing the technology for the benefit of their economic returns.

4/1/2015 7:00:00 PM

K-State’s College of Agriculture Celebrates Success and Looks Ahead to a Productive Future

Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture aims to be a top-five agricultural college in the United States by 2025, and in collaboration with K-State Research and Extension, it intends to continue serving as a global destination for education, research and extension. Reaching this feat not only would benefit the university, but it would benefit the citizens of Kansas and beyond with immediate solutions to needs in agricultural production.

4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

Using Drones to Detect Wheat Problems in Both Kansas and Australia Play Audio

The chief executive officer of the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Center in Australia, Michael Robinson, joins K-State plant pathologist John Leslie to talk about K-State's agricultural research partnership with that center in solving crop pest problems common to both Kansas and Australia...one such project being the testing of unmanned aerial systems to detect insect and disease problems in wheat.

3/30/2015 7:00:00 PM

Possibilities for Cereal Foods Wheat Production Play Audio

K-State wheat geneticist Jesse Poland talks about a new research agreement between K-State and a major cereal foods producer to develop wheat varieties with enhanced milling and baking characteristics...varieties that wheat growers could potentially produce under contract for premium prices.

3/30/2015 7:00:00 PM

New Grain Sorghum Lines Play Audio

K-State sorghum breeder Tesfaye Tesso talks about several new experimental grain sorghum lines that his program has been developing, which are expected to lead to notably improved hybrids for Kansas growing conditions.

3/29/2015 7:00:00 PM

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


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