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 several weeks. See our Affiliates for airtimes. Send comments to ksrenews@ksu.edu.
 
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K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses what's behind the hike in summer fish kills in farm ponds, and what can be done about it.

- 7/28/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State meat scientist Terry Houser reports on two studies funded by the pork and beef checkoff programs, respectively:  one looks at improving the stability of bacon in cold storage, and the other seeks an alternative for blade tenderization of sirloin steaks.

- 7/28/2015
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
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

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.

the new president of the Kansas 4-H Foundation, Jake Worcester, talks about the future plans for the foundation in support of the state 4-H program.

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, analyzes both the USDA's monthly cattle-on-feed and semi-annual cattle inventory reports during this week's cattle market segment:  he talks about the LMIC's latest projections on the rate of expansion in the nation's cattle herd and the ensuing impact on cattle prices.

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.

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.

- 7/24/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

- 7/24/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

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.

- 7/23/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

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.

K-State horticultural disease specialist Megan Kennelly advises homeowners on responding to a couple of lawn diseases now showing up, as well as rust disease on certain landscape trees.

- 7/22/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

- 7/22/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, looks ahead to two back-to-back informational conferences for cooperative managers and co-op producer members coming up in August at K-State:  the Kansas Cooperative Council's 2015 Leadership Roundtable and the K-State Symposium on Cooperative Issues...both will center on current challenges facing agricultural cooperatives in the state.

K-State beef cattle nutritionist Chris Reinhardt makes the case for early-weaning spring-born beef calves, even though pasture conditions are in good shape around Kansas this summer...he points to the advantages in overall calf performance and in restoring cow condition as two prime reasons for early weaning in the weeks ahead.

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.

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.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the issues associated with pellet-feeding large-mouth bass in farm ponds, saying that another feeding approach is preferred.

- 7/21/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

- 7/20/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor provides this week's cattle market analysis:  he remarks on the sharp downturn in boxed beef prices in recent weeks, and whether that's cause for alarm for beef producers...he also passes along his latest quarterly beef demand index findings, which again speak well for the beef consumption trend.

- 7/20/2015
K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw talks about the county fair 4-H experience as an important component of youth development...plus this week's rundown of the county fair schedule around Kansas.
 
 

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner talks about a new analysis he has conducted on feedlot cattle "exit" weights, which says that those weights have been trending upward as cattle remain on feed for a longer period of time...he discusses what that means in terms of returns to cattle feeders.

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.

- 7/17/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at today's headlines.

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.

- 7/17/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

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.

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.

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham goes over the steps for successfully dividing and replanting iris plants in mid-to-late summer.

- 7/16/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

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.

New K-State youth livestock coordinator Lexie Hayes talks about youth livestock entries in the upcoming Kansas State Fair, and previews the state 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes coming up in August.

- 7/15/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University reports on several new court decisions of interest to agricultural producers, including a ruling on a case in Kansas over a mineral rights royalty dispute.

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