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 beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi discusses the nutritional role that summer annual forages can fill in cattle feeding rations, going over the various forage types and the feeding programs they fit.

Host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's top agricultural news stories.

State animal health commissioner Bill Brown of the Kansas Department of Agriculture has more on the alert to horse owners about the disease vesicular stomatitis, which has recently been confirmed in Texas and Colorado...he talks about the serious physical afflictions this disease causes, and why horse owners need to be on the watch for it.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a newly-published research review on bird-vehicle collisions...an attempt to establish the extent of bird losses and pinpoint why they occur.

- 7/21/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti looks at drought stress that has set in, in numerous corn fields around Kansas...he says that some stands are on the verge of aborting kernels, while others are exhibiting other signs of stress...he goes over what corn growers should be watching for.

For this week's Kansas 4-H segment, the coordinator of the Operation: Military Kids program, K-State's Ann Domsch, has the word on a couple of special events for daughters of military families coming up in early August...plus this week's lineup of county fairs around Kansas.
 

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides the cattle market analysis for this week...he looks ahead to two important USDA reports due out this Friday: the monthly Cattle-on-Feed Report and the return of the biannual Cattle Inventory Report, the latter expected to indicate the degree of cattle herd expansion taking place.

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

- 7/18/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about trends in key financial ratios that are evident in the Kansas Farm Management Association's 2013 Kansas net farm income report, and he talks about how that overall report matches up with the USDA's farm income analysis.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien passes along his revised price probability projections for corn and wheat, based on the USDA's latest grain supply and demand report...and he remarks on this week's plunge in the corn and soybean markets, as part of his weekly segment on the grain market trends.

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

K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson has advice on controlling the flush of weed growth that is turning in wheat stubble after the harvest, and why producers need to knock those weeds out as soon as possible...he covers the herbicide recommendations, especially for kochia, Palmer amaranth and other weeds that are showing resistance to glyphosate treatments.

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

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner reports on his new research, on feeding ammoniated wheat straw as a roughage for the beef cow herd...and whether that straw can serve as an adequate forage when the anhydrous ammonia treatment is cut in half as a cost-savings measure.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study on rabbit damage control, which focused on the performance of several rabbit repellant products.

- 7/15/2014
K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley talks about cover crop options and management for Kansas conditions, and how producers can overcome challenges to raising various cover crops...she presented this information at an in-service field day for agribusiness retailers hosted by K-State last week.

- 7/15/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

- 7/15/2014
The state director of the Farm Service Agency, Adrian Polansky, covers a number of USDA program developments:  the sign-up for the Livestock Feed Program continues for producers who endured drought-related feed resource losses during the past three years; how the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species has impacted a producer's ability to use former C-R-P grasslands;  and a progress report on the preparations for the new-look commodity program sign-up to take place later this year.

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, is featured on this week's cattle market segment:  he comments on last week's retreat in the fed cattle market, the latest beef export and import numbers from the USDA, and a rise in the value of cow beef in the domestic market.

K-State 4-H specialist Deryl Waldren looks ahead to the 2014 Northwest Area 4-H Youth and Leaders Forum coming up for 4-Hers and adults in August.

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson has more on fly control management for the cattle herd on pasture, stressing the idea of using control products only when the fly activity has reached the point that control is warranted...she also urges good control stewardship, by alternating products midway through the grazing season.

State statistician Jason Lamprecht of Kansas Agricultural Statistics reviews the latest estimate on the Kansas winter wheat crop from last Friday's USDA grain supply and demand report

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

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien looks ahead to today's USDA grain supply and demand report, and what market watchers are generally anticipating, as the featured topic in his grain market analysis for this week...he also talks about improving grain basis levels at Kansas elevators, despite the recent slide in grain futures prices.

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

The associate director of the International Grains Program at K-State, Mark Fowler, reports on recent IGP activity in educating prospective U.S. grain customers...including milling short courses for wheat buyers which represent over half of U.S. hard red winter wheat export business.

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

Riley County Extension horticulturist Gregg Eyestone talks about harvesting a variety of garden crops at the proper time:  sweet corn, summer squash, green beans, cucumbers and blackberries.

The chief of policy and planning with the Kansas Water Office, Susan Metzger, discusses the draft proposal for the state's 50-year water use vision plan that's being presented to agricultural and other stakeholder groups at a series of meetings around Kansas this week...she talks about various aspects of that preliminary plan, such as expanding local enhanced management areas for water use and promoting research into more water-thrifty cropping systems.

K-State irrigation engineer Danny Rogers provides a status report on the growth of sub-surface drip irrigation in Kansas:  the advantages it provides in water conservation and the challenges to making it work...he also previews the special K-State SDI Field Day set for August 6th in Colby.

K-State range and pasture management specialist Walt Fick looks at the latest recommendations for controlling invasive trees in grasslands, notably honeylocust , hedge, cottonwood and elm...he draws from the latest K-State field trials of foliar, basal bark and cut-stump treatments that work against these and other aggressive species.

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, canvasses several recent developments from the courts, including a case involving logging vehicle business miles for tax deduction purposes, and a ruling on a farmer's attempt to minimize the extent of his farm partnership in a divorce case.

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

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

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports discusses a new study of exotic grass species, primarily old world bluestem, encroaching on native grasslands, and the ensuing impact on prairie wildlife.

In the second part of an extended visit, K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth looks at more insects now at work in Kansas crop fields, and the recommendations for controlling them:  in soybeans, stem borers, webworms and bean leaf beetles; in alfalfa, potato leafhoppers and aphids; and in brome, armyworms.

In the first part of an extended visit, K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth looks at the full complement of insects now at work in Kansas corn fields, and the recommendations for controlling rootworms, earworms and stink bugs.

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