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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Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's cattle market insight:  he comments on whether the fed cattle market has bottomed out, having leveled off after drifting lower for several weeks, and on the big surge in feeder cattle prices at the Kansas auctions last week.

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

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the sensitive topic of euthanasia as a part of wildlife damage control, and why it is often a better option than re-locating nuisance wildlife.

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek reviews a new study on the economic value of testing beef calves for BVD:  how that testing affects the market value of those calves at auction, and why testing is so important for identifying persistently-infected cattle.

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor address several frequently-asked questions about the new USDA commodity program features, and what a producer should consider when weighing those options...she spoke on the topic at the recent Risk and Profit Conference at K-State.

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner looks at managing the feed intake of newly-weaned beef calves:  the rations that will allow for a smooth transition to dry feed, and how to present those rations effectively...using a stair-step process in administering the weaning diet, as developed at K-State's Agricultural Research Center at Hays.

Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton talks about preparing, and then carrying out, a cool-season lawn planting this fall.

- 8/28/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

The director of the "From the Land of Kansas" program at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Stacy Mayo, announces a new tailgating contest featuring Kansas-based food products, to take place at the K-State/Auburn game in September.

The head of K-State's Western Kansas Research Centers, Bob Gillen, previews a very special field day coming up next week in Colby...it will commemorate the 100th year of agricultural research at K-State's Northwest Kansas Research and Extension Center.

K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine advises growers to scout their corn and soybean fields here in late summer for any of several disease problems now turning up...he says that information should be factored into seed selection decisions for next year.

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

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study of plastic material found in crow's nests, and the harm that causes to nestlings, not only of crows, but of other bird species as well.

- 8/26/2014
Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news stories.

K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson has the latest on the pending arrival of new grain sorghum seed technology, called Inzen-Z, which has promise as an answer to the long-standing challenge of controlling grassy weeds in grain sorghum stands...he reports how well the new system has fared in K-State field trials.

An agricultural economist with K-State's Kansas Farm Management Association, Mike Vogt, talks about the on-line spreadsheet he has developed for putting an economic value on corn silage, which can also be used to determine the value of corn stover and other crop forage feedstuffs...the spreadsheet is available for any producer to use.

- 8/25/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

The keynote speaker at last week's K-State Risk and Profit Conference, Iowa State University agricultural economist Dermot Hayes, talks about recent changes in agricultural and rural policy in China, and what those changes portend for U.S. agricultural interests, in terms of doing further export business with that country.

K-State 4-H specialist Deryl Waldren looks ahead to the 2014 Kansas 4-H Dog Conference for youth and adults involved that highly-popular 4-H project.

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor provides this week's cattle market insight:  he breaks down the latest USDA cattle-on-feed report, and what that suggests about the geographical shift in cattle feeding in the central plains region....and he passes along his latest feedlot return projections.

Another featured speaker at that Risk and Profit Conference, southeast Kansas hog and crop producer Michael Springer, talks about that path to success that his multi-generation family farm has followed, and about what he's learned while serving as a public advocate for the hog industry in specific and agriculture in general...he believes that headway is being made by agriculture's public outreach efforts.

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

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien summarizes his latest grain market outlook, as presented at this week's Risk and Profit Conference at K-State...specifically, he dwells on declining row crop prices, and how those might factor into a grower's post-harvest marketing strategy.

- 8/22/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

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.

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 horticultural disease specialist Megan Kennelly  talks about late-summer leaf discoloration on landscape trees, and whether that should be of concern to homeowners.

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.

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

- 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 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.

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.

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

AGRICULTURE TODAY host Eric Atkinson examines today's news.

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.

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.