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.
Agriculture Today
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K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about controlling broadleaf weeds in home lawns here in the late fall.


- 10/30/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

From the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources, Chris Beightel has the details on a pair of agreements the state of Kansas recently signed with the states of Nebraska and Colorado, in regard to use of water from the Republican River Basin...he explains what those agreements mean to crop irrigators in north-central and northwest Kansas.

K-State agricultural engineer Ed Brokesh talks about fall and winter storage of fuel for small engines used on the farm or ranch, preserving fuel quality for use later on...he also sets the record straight on the ethanol content in gasoline and how that impacts its storage.

Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen and K-State agricultural economics assistant Rich Llewelyn have the details of the 2014 Kansas Income Tax Institutes, scheduled for November and December at eight locations around Kansas.

- 10/29/2014
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

The staff economist with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Josh Roe, reports on his new analysis of the economic impact of agriculture in Kansas, which looks at the employment numbers and economic output of over 50 different agricultural enterprises in the state.

K-State nutrient management specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz talks about properly taking soil samples from row crop fields following harvest, in planning one's crop nutrient program for next year...he stresses that the current economics of crop production make soil testing even more important.

- 10/28/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth weighs in on the idea of saving seed costs by switching from BT corn seed back to conventional hybrids, from the insect management perspective.  He says that the same rule-of-thumb that has always applied still does...that is, assess the actual need for the higher-end seed technology before making the decision.

- 10/28/2014
K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the role of bats in the transmission of the ebola virus in Africa, advising that bats do not pose an ebola threat whatsoever in the U.S.

K-State plant pathologist John Leslie and the executive director of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, Tangerine Holt, provide an update on the expanding exchange of scientists and educators between K-State and Australia facilitated by the Fulbright program...with improving world food production still a leading interest of this initiative.

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's insight on the cattle markets:  she remarks on the record-breaking surge in fed cattle prices last week, and reviews both last Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report and the latest USDA cold storage report.

K-State 4-H specialist Pam van Horn and the newest Kansas inductee into the National 4-H Hall of Fame:  longtime 4-H volunteer and supporter Marilyn Pence Galle.

Continued discussion with Jaymelynn Farney on the Sunflower Supreme Heifer Development Program ... and this week's "Tree Tales."

K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney reports on the successful first year of the Sunflower Supreme Heifer Development Program conducted by K-State in southeast Kansas, so much so that the program is now going to be offered statewide...she also talks about the program's first production sale coming up in November.

- 10/24/2014
Kate Hagans visits with the sole Extension agent in Rawlins County, JoEllyn Argabright, about local food and nutrition initiatives she has initiated, tied in to production agriculture and youth development in that northwest Kansas county.

- 10/24/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on the week in Kansas agricultural weather.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien discusses another week of improvement in grain prices, and how the current trend might influence a producer's post-harvest store-vs.-sell decision, as part of his weekly commentary on the grain trades.

- 10/24/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton runs through an end-of-season checklist for vegetable gardeners.

- 10/23/2014
Kate Hagans visits with Chris Petty of the Southwind Extension District in southeast Kansas.

- 10/23/2014
Kate Hagans continues her series this week with county and district Extension agricultural agents from around Kansas, speaking with Joe Leibbrandt of Grant County in southwest Kansas.

- 10/23/2014
K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby comments on the USDA's announcement earlier this week concerning the "50 percent" rule applying to crop insurance actual production history reporting by crop producers... he has run an analysis of what that likely would mean to producers in the central plains.

- 10/22/2014
A visit with agronomy agent Michelle Buchanan of the newly-created Midway Extension District in central Kansas.

- 10/22/2014
Kate Hagans begins her series of visits this week with county and district Extension agricultural agents who are in Manhattan for the 2014 K-State Research and Extension annual conference.  Today, she visits with agronomy agent Kim Larson of the River Valley Extension District in north-central Kansas.

- 10/22/2014
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor discusses the ruling this week by the World Trade Organization that the latest version of U.S. country-of-origin labeling of meat products violates international trade rules.  He comments on what the ruling means for the future of C-O-O-L, weaving in his research results on consumer response to labeling at the retail level.

The director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment at K-State, Dan Devlin, provides an update on a multi-year project, funded by the USDA, which is looking at multiple aspects of Great Plains cattle grazing programs in relationship to climate change...this project is expected to provide the first comprehensive scientific view of that relationship.

K-State weed management specialists Dallas Peterson and Curt Thompson discuss the implications of switching corn and soybean seed selection for next spring's planting, away from higher-priced seed technology in favor of conventional hybrids and varieties...they give producers some input to consider from the weed control standpoint before making that move.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews a new study of specific repellants designed to discourage Canada geese from feeding on soybeans late in the growing season.

Today's ag news.

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  in addition to recapping last week's fed and feeder cattle trades, he looks at the latest retail meat price trends,  and comments on the latest USDA beef export/import numbers.

Today's ag news.

K-State 4-H specialist Rod Buchele reports that applications are being taken for the Kansas 4-H Master Volunteer Program, training for which starts early in 2015.

The presenter of the 2014 Ellis Lecture in Soil Science at K-State, geoscientist Susan Brantley of Penn State University, talks about the use of hydrological fracking in oil and gas exploration, and what science says about the ensuing impact on groundwater supplies...she advises agricultural producers and others who use groundwater to be knowledgeable about the topic.

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

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien remarks on the grain markets' subdued response to the USDA's crop production and grain stocks reports from last Friday, and talks about whether, in fact, the harvest low may already be in the trades, as topics during his weekly grain market segment.

- 10/17/2014
Eric Atkinson brings you the latest headlines and news.

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti returns to look at the chances of Kansas grain sorghum stands maturing before a widespread hard freeze hits the state...he draws from extensive K-State research on grain sorghum physiology as a guide.