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K-State 2015 Weed Science Teams Compete Successfully in National Contest

The Kansas State University Weed Science teams had a successful showing at the second annual National Collegiate Weed Contest held July 21, 2015. The contest was hosted by The Ohio State University at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Western Agricultural Research Station near South Charleston, Ohio.
7/30/2015 8:00:00 AM

Soybean Yield Calculator: A New Mobile App from K-State

A new mobile app for estimating soybean yields is now available from Kansas State University.
7/29/2015 8:00:00 AM

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.
7/29/2015 8:00:00 AM

New Soybean Yield App Play Audio

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti tells about the brand-new phone app from K-State that provides an on-the-spot estimation of a given soybean field's yield potential...he explains how this soybean yield calculator works, and points out its advantages over conventional yield estimation methods.

7/28/2015 7:00:00 PM

Choosing the Right Variety for Next Year’s Wheat Crop

Wheat producers know that diseases and insects can considerably decrease yields and economic returns. K-State Research and Extension plant pathologist Erick De Wolf said 2015 was a big year for diseases—including widespread stripe rust, leaf rust and head scab—affecting the Kansas wheat crop.

7/28/2015 8:00:00 AM

Canola Update Play Audio

K-State canola agronomist Mike Stamm looks back at the canola production season in Kansas, and what growers can take from that as they ready for planting the next canola crop in early fall...he also tells of two K-State canola schools for growers coming up next week in Wichita and Garden City.

7/27/2015 7:00:00 PM

Intensive Rotational Grazing Versus Conventional Grazing Play Audio

K-State rangeland scientist Bob Gillen talks about a new study he has conducted, comparing many years of research results on intensive rotational grazing systems and conventional grazing systems...he found that while there are positives to intensive grazing, that system has no advantage over conventional grazing in grass production or cattle gains.

7/26/2015 7:00:00 PM

Importance of Soybean Nutrient Analysis Play Audio

K-State crop nutrient specialist Dave Mengel tells why conducting a plant nutrient analysis for soybeans now can pay off for the grower, either as a diagnostic tool or for monitoring stand conditions...he says this is especially important in light of the planting-time difficulties with the current crop.

7/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks about the latest trends in grain price basis at Kansas country elevators, and looks at how wet weather continues to impact the wheat market, well after the Kansas harvest, as talking points during his weekly grain market commentary.

7/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


For most of Kansas, it has been an atypically wet summer, largely attributed to the Pacific Ocean-based phenomenon known as El Nino.  The expected duration of this weather pattern is the subject of this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop with Marsha Boswell.

7/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

Corn Yield Prediction Online Play Audio

K-State cropping systems specialist Ignacio Ciampitti talks about a growing-season corn yield prediction model that K-State is contributing to....growers can refer to this on-line running account of growing conditions at several locations in Kansas, to get an idea of the yield potential of their corn stands from now to harvest time.

7/22/2015 7:00:00 PM

Cover Crops As Grazing Forages for Beef Cattle Play Audio

K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses the use of various cover crops as grazing forages for beef cattle in the fall and winter...she goes over the cover crop types and their forage production potential, and talks about K-State research into the best utilization of these crops for cow herd or stocker grazing.

7/22/2015 7:00:00 PM

The International Year of Soils: Soils are Living

Above ground, life is apparent. Green plants, colorful flowers, animals and even insects show activity in our daily lives—so much so that people probably don’t give thought to life below the earth’s surface. Life in the soil helps make the living items we see above the surface possible.
7/21/2015 8:00:00 AM

On-Farm Research, Dryland Corn Plot Tour Scheduled in Saline County July 27

Producers and agronomists interested in doing an on-farm research test on their own farms may want to mark Monday, July 27 on their calendar.
7/21/2015 8:00:00 AM

Sugarcane Aphids in Grain Sorghum Fields Play Audio

K-State research entomologist J.P. Michaud reports on the confirmation of sugarcane aphid in northern Oklahoma, now poised to move into Kansas grain sorghum fields:  he goes over how to scout grain sorghum for this highly-damaging pest, and at what point the grower should respond with an insecticide treatment.

7/20/2015 7:00:00 PM

Controlling Insects in Summer Crops Play Audio

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth alerts growers to an assortment of insects that are now threatening various summer crops:  he talks about controlling potato leafhoppers in alfalfa, looks at what's causing "silk clipping" in corn and whether it's worth the grower's while to do anything about it, and comments on burrowing bugs in soybean stands.

7/20/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

For his weekly segment on the grain market trends, K-State agricultural economist Dan O'Brien passes along his latest marketing-year price forecasts for wheat, corn and soybeans, based on the USDA's crop production and grain supply reports released last Friday.

7/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


The entire Kansas wheat industry stands to benefit from the opening of a brand-new, large-capacity wheat delivery and transportation facility in central Kansas.  Jordan Hildebrand has the story on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

7/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

New Irrigation Technology Tests Play Audio

K-State irrigation engineer Danny Rogers discusses a new development in irrigation technology that he and colleagues are currently field-testing....a "drag line" system that attaches to center pivot drop nozzles...he'll talk about the water application efficiency information they're seeking in this study.

7/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Current Wheat Seed Quality Play Audio

The seed laboratory manager for the Kansas Crop Improvement Association, Eric Fabrizius, talks about wheat seed quality coming out of this year's harvest, focusing on the concerns over head scab disease in the crop and why that makes seed germination testing all the more important ahead of fall planting.

7/15/2015 7:00:00 PM

Cover Crops in Wheat Stubble Play Audio

K-State cropping systems agronomist Kraig Roozeboom talks about various cover crops that might be planted into wheat stubble after harvest...he says that the heat tolerance capability of individual cover crops will factor into when they should planted, and he goes over what is known about that.

7/15/2015 7:00:00 PM

Fact Sheet Available on Wheat Disease New to Kansas

Kansas is hosting an unwanted traveler this year – wheat flag smut has made its way into the state’s wheat fields for the first time since the 1930s. The fungal disease poses no threat to humans or animals and has no effect on grain quality, but can reduce yields.

7/15/2015 8:00:00 AM

Controlling Weeds in Wheat Stubble Play Audio

K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson talks about options for controlling weeds in wheat stubble post-harvest...which herbicides best suit one's cropping plan following wheat on that acreage, and why controlling weeds now instead of later is important.

7/14/2015 7:00:00 PM

Pasture Grazing and Moisture Play Audio

NRCS rangeland management specialist Dwayne Rice talks about modifying pasture grazing programs, in view of the moisture that has replenished grasslands in many parts of Kansas so far this summer...he says that some of the drought management strategies that have been encouraged over the past few seasons still apply, despite improved moisture conditions.

7/13/2015 7:00:00 PM

Feed Mill Biosecurity Play Audio

K-State livestock feed researcher Roger Cochrane talks about research that he has just completed on implementing a feed mill biosecurity plan to prevent of the spread of pathogens such as porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and salmonella.

7/13/2015 7:00:00 PM

K-State Risk and Profit Conference Set for Aug. 20-21

Weather on the High Plains has always been fickle, but this year has been extreme – even for Kansas. Going from a several-year drought to sometimes flooded fields and full ponds in a few short months make for unusual times for agricultural producers. Those circumstances and more will be addressed at Kansas State University’s 2015 Risk and Profit Conference planned for Thursday, Aug. 20 - Friday, Aug. 21.
7/10/2015 8:00:00 AM


In a successful bipartisan effort President Obama signed the Trade Promotion Authority into law on June 29th. The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is a federal legislative procedure that requires the President and Congress to work together on trade agreements that support U.S. jobs, eliminate barriers in foreign markets, and establish rules to stop unfair trade.

7/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks the latest movements and prices in the grain markets and previews the USDA's latest world grain supply and demand estimates, which will be publicly released today.

7/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

New Wheat Publication Play Audio

K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf reports on a publication available online now for wheat producers, which highlights current wheat variety disease and insect ratings as harvest enters its final days in Kansas. Those publications should be available in local extension offices soon.  http://www.bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF991.pdf

7/8/2015 7:00:00 PM

Wheat Harvest Report Play Audio

Kansas wheat harvest update comes from northwest Kansas, with Scott Barrows of the Golden Prairie District and Cody Miller of the Phillips-Rooks District.

7/8/2015 7:00:00 PM