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 4 weeks. See our Affiliates for airtimes. Send comments to agtoday@ksu.edu.
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K-State horticultural disease specialist Megan Kennelly  talks about late-summer leaf discoloration on landscape trees, and whether that should be of concern to homeowners.

The staff economist with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Josh Roe, reminds western Kansas crop producers about becoming a candidate for election to the various state crop commissions,  with the voting to take place early in 2015.

K-State canola agronomist Mike Stamm discusses choosing a canola variety for the planting season just ahead, and the option of going with either an open-pollinated variety or a hybrid...he also talks about important herbicide considerations associated with variety selection.

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti goes over a simplified formula for estimating soybean yields here in late summer...he also has information on an app that growers can use to help make such estimations.

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth advises soybean growers about the potential threat of soybean aphid feeding in their fields...he talks about treatment strategies, potentially in combination with control measures for soybean podworms, bean leaf beetles and other pests.

- 8/20/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University goes over several fresh new court rulings of interest to agricultural producers, including a dispute over a change in a farmland leasing arrangement that lead to the former tenant paying a hefty penalty...and another liability case over livestock on a roadway.

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

K-State wheat breeder Allan Fritz talks about the latest advances in the wheat variety development at K-State, including initial work with the doubled-haploid breeding technology...he also talks about the attributes of K-State's latest winter wheat variety release, KanMark.

- 8/19/2014
Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the proposed listing of the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species...a bat that, as historical records indicate, does reside in parts of Kansas.

Crop entomologist at K-State's Agricultural Research Center at Hays, J.P. Michaud, reports on his research into the impact on crop-beneficial insects from the use of insecticidal seed treatments, saying that using those treatments more judiciously may be in order...also, the head of that center, Bob Gillen, previews the center's Fall Field Day coming up next week.

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary:  she looks ahead to this week's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and talks about the cow-calf producer decision on selling early-weaned calves versus retaining ownership and putting them on feed.

Kate Hagans talks with K-State irrigation engineer Danny Rogers about how SDI can fit into alfalfa production, and the associated benefits and drawbacks,  she also talks with a Kansas producer who participated in the field day, Mark Idle, about how and why he adopted SDI.

AGRICULTURE TODAY host Eric Atkinson examines today's news.

K-State 4-H events coordinator Sarah Keatley talks about the national 4-H Ag Innovation Challenge, which introduced youngsters to the field of aquaculture.

K-State crop nutrient specialist Dave Mengel looks at multiple years of statewide K-State research into nitrogen availability to new winter wheat stands, and talks about using either the profile nitrogen test or in-field sensing technology to determine just what a given wheat field's nitrogen needs actually are.

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby explains the "50% rule" tied to the new USDA grain "safety net" programs, which he says is causing some confusion for producers....he'll be addressing that and other facets of the new ARC and PLC program options at the K-State Risk and Profit Conference coming up on the campus next week  (Art is standing in for K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien, who could not be with us this week...Dan will return with his weekly grain market analysis next Friday).

- 8/15/2014
AGRICULTURE TODAY host Eric Atkinson examines today's news.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

A marketing specialist with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Annarose Hart, talks about the Good Agricultural Practices certification program for specialty crop producers, as well as the cost-share program available for organic certification.

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson talks about the merits of  pre-plant herbicide applications for winter wheat, as part of a two-pass weed control program:  he goes over the herbicide recommendations for this purpose, based on K-State field trials.

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about preparing now for seeding or renovating a cool-season lawn this fall.

A guest speaker at the Midwest Soil Improvement Symposium held on the K-State campus yesterday, which centered on gypsum as a soil amendment:  Ohio State University soil scientist Warren Dick looks at the research-proven benefits of a gypsum application in crop production improvement and over soil health.

K-State agricultural economics researcher Melissa McKendree and livestock economist Glynn Tonsor talk about Melissa's study of the differences in beef producer and consumer views on animal welfare practices in the cattle industry, which revealed useful information for the beef cattle sector in addressing future animal welfare issues...they will be presenting their findings at the upcoming K-State Risk and Profit Conference next week.

- 8/13/2014
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

- 8/13/2014
The associate director of the International Grains Program at K-State, Mark Fowler, reports on recent changes in the program, including the new name it will go by, and the new certification courses the program is developing for international grain buyers, all toward promoting increased sales of U.S. grains abroad.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a look at just how the Endangered Species Act functions, in concert with the species protection law in place in Kansas.

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby runs through his latest projections on which of the two new USDA commodity program options will best fit for Kansas crop producers:  the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) option or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) option....he says that the choice is much clearer now for wheat producers.

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about a recent survey she and colleagues conducted of pasture lease trends in north-central Kansas, finding out information on rental rates, stocking rates, grazing season variations and other factors...she'll be presenting this information at the upcoming K-State Risk and Profit Conference next week in Manhattan.

Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

- 8/11/2014
Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

From K-State's 2014 Sub-surface Drip Irrigation Field Day last Wednesday:  K-State irrigation engineer Freddie Lamm talks about the expanding role of SDI in Kansas crop production, and what's been learned about the technology over the 25 years of SDI research he's conducted.

K-State 4-H specialist Diane Mack offers a few guidelines to parents about exploring what 4-H has to offer to their children, as enrollment time is quickly approaching for the next 4-H project year.

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market insight:  he talks about the latest outlook on cow-calf profitability, and comments on the Russia ban of agricultural imports from the U.S., and if that has any significant implications for the cattle market...also, K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor weighs in on that Russia issue.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on the Kansas agricultural weather scene.

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Cimapitti is back to talk more about predicting corn yields...this time, going over a step-by-step method for calculating likely yields from any given corn field...he'll also talk about smartphone and tablet apps that can help a farmer do that calculation.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien looks ahead to next week's USDA grain supply and demand reports, and comments on the Russia ban on U.S. agricultural imports into that country, as lead topics during his weekly  analysis of the grain trades.

Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek reports that more cases of anaplasmosis are turning up in Kansas cattle herds this summer...he reviews the nature of the disease and why managing against it is so complicated, and goes over the treatment alternatives.