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Preparing Summer Crop Fields... Play Audio



K-State crop nutrient specialist Dave Mengel returns, this time with recommendations on soil testing summer crop fields soon, in order to plan out the most efficient and productive fertilizer applications possible...he also comments on the increasing need for testing the pH level in summer crop fields, and what can be done practically to amend low-pH soils.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Roundtable Discussions Begin Next Week... Play Audio



The agribusiness development coordinator for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Billy Brown, previews a special roundtable taking place next week, which will examine the future use of unmanned aircraft systems in Kansas agriculture...the public is invited to listen in. (Announcement, PDF)

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Benefits of Field Windbreak Systems... Play Audio



K-State forester Bryan Peterson talks up the value and benefits of field windbreak systems for erosion control and improved crop productivity...and he offers thoughts on renovating existing windbreaks of all types that are showing signs of extensive wear, in part a result of drought.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


G-M-O PERCEPTIONS Play Audio



There’s a wide gap between what scientists think about genetically-modified crops and what the general public thinks, according to a new survey...making the need for further dialogue between agriculture and consumers more imperative than ever.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 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.
3/4/2015 8:00:00 AM


Pre-Emergent Herbicides Ahead of Corn Planting... Play Audio



K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson goes over K-State's field trial-based recommendations on pre-emergent herbicide treatments ahead of corn planting, depending on the historical weed pressure in a given corn field.

3/3/2015 6:00:00 PM


Topdress Fertilizer Applications for Winter Wheat... Play Audio



K-State crop nutrient specialist Dave Mengel discusses topdress fertilizer applications for winter wheat that may not appear to be in the best of conditions currently...in some cases, he says, running another soil test on that wheat ground might be a good idea...he also comments on what might be gained with a topdress application of sulfur as wheat breaks dormancy.

3/3/2015 6:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



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

3/3/2015 6:00:00 PM


Tips for Effective and Efficient Crop Water Use



Common questions agricultural producers in Kansas have regarding water use typically relate to conserving the Ogallala Aquifer in the western part of the state and reservoir sedimentation concerns in the eastern part of the state.
3/3/2015 8:00:00 AM


In-Depth Fruit & Vegetable Production Workshops Planned in Kansas City Area



A series of workshops designed for anyone growing fruits and vegetables for sale or for the serious home gardener will be held in several locations in the Kansas City area, starting March 16.
3/3/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

3/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


Center for Food Integrity... Play Audio



The chief executive officer of the Center for Food Integrity, Charlie Arnot, talks about that's center's ongoing outreach to consumers, answering questions about food and fiber production in a positive manner on behalf of production agriculture....he was the featured speaker as part of the university's Upson Lecture Series organized by the Food for Thought student group.

3/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


Unmanned Drones: Ready To Fly? Play Audio



The manager of K-State's unmanned aircraft systems program at the university's Salina campus, Mark Blanks, tells what the new statewide flying allowance granted that program by the Federal Aviation Administration means for expanding the use of UAS in K-State agricultural research, and advancing the broader use of these systems in general in the future.

3/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Latest on Forage Sorghum... Play Audio



K-State research agronomist John Holman talks about forage sorghum selection, and which types are best suited for various cattle feeding programs, based on extensive K-State field research on forage sorghum performance and nutrient characteristics.
 

3/1/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.
 

3/1/2015 6:00:00 PM


Grain Market Update... Play Audio



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.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Wheat Pests Begin to Emerge... Play Audio



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 6:00:00 PM


Agriculture News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Keep Corn Particle Size in Mind to Enhance Feedlot Efficiency



Ask cattle producers how they grind corn used in their animals’ diets, and the responses would likely range from fine, to medium, to coarse. Although there isn’t a standard in place to determine what equates as finely ground corn compared to medium or coarsely ground, corn particle size can affect digestibility and how cattle efficiently use the grain for energy and growth.


2/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


K-State Extension Specialist Elected WSSA President



With many summer days spent digging musk thistle out of pastures or cutting shattercane out of sorghum on the small family farm near Leonardville, Kansas, Dallas Peterson, K-State Research and Extension weed management specialist, gained an appreciation for proper weed management at an early age.
2/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


A Wildcat in Africa... Play Audio



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.

2/25/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agriculture News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/25/2015 6:00:00 PM


Ag Law Update... Play Audio



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.
 

2/24/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/24/2015 6:00:00 PM


March 3 Grazing School Features ‘300 Days of Grazing’



Forage specialist John Jennings of the University of Arkansas, will be the guest speaker at the Grazing School II workshop in Holton, Kansas on March 3.
2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



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

2/23/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agriculture News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.
 

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


New Insect Threat to Kansas Wheat...? Play Audio



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.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Grain Market Update... Play Audio



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.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM