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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- 8/28/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

- 8/28/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp comments on Kansas agricultural weather.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien discusses whether current low grain prices will eventually attract more export business for U.S. grains, and talks about whether the markets are actually bottoming out, as part of his weekly analysis of the grain trades.

K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato discusses wheat seed quality issues coming out of this year's harvest, and management steps the grower can take to successfully establish a crop using low-test-weight seed.

K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd comments on late-summer grub control in lawns and fall webworms in landscape hardwood trees.

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth alerts growers about the latest insect infestations attacking grain sorghum and soybeans...namely, soybean aphids, sorghum head worms and sugarcane aphids in sorghum.  He outlines the recommended treatment thresholds for each.

- 8/27/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State crop production specialist Lucas Haag discusses the timing of the final crop irrigation of the season, with water use efficiency and economic savings in mind.  He goes over the factors that the producer needs to evaluate, to determine when to shut down irrigating for the season.

- 8/26/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

Conservation forester Leah Scott of the Kansas Forest Service at K-State announces that fall orders will soon be taken for low-cost conservation tree seedlings through the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program.

K-State crop nutrient specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz advises wheat growers on correcting low-pH soils ahead of planting this fall, noting that this is an issue in more and more locations around Kansas...he reviews K-State research on wheat's yield response to liming low-pH fields.

- 8/26/2015
Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen talks about new court decisions of interest to agricultural producers, including a ruling on a dispute between neighbors over water drainage from one's property to the other's, and a decision on a case concerning damage done to an irrigation pipe.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new field study which compared the use of lead shot to steel shot in dove hunting...the results of which support the idea of using ammunition other than lead.

- 8/25/2015
Montana State University livestock economist Gary Brester talks about where the beef industry stands in the current cattle cycle, and the rate at which cattle numbers might grow in the next couple of years...he says that this cattle cycle differs greatly from the notable herd expansion episodes of the past.

Mississippi State University agricultural economist Keith Coble talks about the present state of the commodity title in the current farm bill, and if there are any indications how well the new program options are working....he also looks at the future of the crop insurance program, saying that it could well be in the crosshairs for a serious budget cut when that issue arises again in Congress.

- 8/25/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State 4-H/family and consumer sciences liaison Andrea Feldkamp talks about opportunities for youth in the 4-H apparel and textiles projects, with project enrollment for the new 4-H year coming up soon.

- 8/24/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor offers his latest analysis of the cattle markets, coming off a notably bearish week:  he talks about the general concerns on the global economic scene, and how those are reflecting on the cattle trades, and takes a look at the USDA's cattle-on-feed and cold storage reports which were released last week.

- 8/24/2015
K-State agricultural economist Sean Fox reports on a new study of consumer interest in beef that has been "enhanced" by a greatly-promoted health additive, omega-3 fatty acid...their intent was to compare consumer attitudes about such a product to attitudes about grass-fed and conventionally-fed beef.

Dan O'Brien and Elwynn Taylor continue their discussion of weather and its impact on agricultural production.

From this week's K-State Risk and Profit Conference, K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien is joined by renowned agricultural climatologist Elwynn Taylor of Iowa State University, as they talk about historical weather patterns and what they say about the likely weather trends to come:   they focus on the current El Nino, its expected persistence into 2016, and what that means about cropping prospects next year;  they also talk about the longer-range outlook for the next several years, and talk up the importance of producers ramping up their production and marketing risk management accordingly.

- 8/21/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp comments on Kansas agricultural weather.

- 8/21/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.

A conversation with two Kansas agricultural producers, which was part of the 2015 K-State Symposium on Cooperative Issues yesterday in Manhattan:  Matthew Voth of Newton and Susie Mackey of Spring Hill talk about how agricultural cooperatives can continue to be of value to their producer members, based on their experiences as co-op board members themselves...they address the importance of providing quality service to producers and the different needs of larger and smaller-scale operations;  they also comment on co-op mergers and acquisitions, and maintaining member service and satisfaction as those happen;  and they remark on the future of the cooperative business structure and how it must change with the times.

Matthew Voth and Susie Mackey continue their remarks.

Riley County Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone talks about correcting drainage problems in the landscape and in ornamental and vegetable gardens...problems that have become quite apparent during this wet summer for many Kansans.
 
 

- 8/20/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news stories.

K-State soil nutrient specialist Dave Mengel looks at multiple years of field trials which illustrate that a soil nitrogen test ahead of wheat planting can render very useful information on nitrogen management, potentially leading to significant cost savings for the grower.

- 8/19/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news stories.

K-State electrical and computer engineer Caterina Scoglio reports on a new technique she and colleagues have developed, in cooperation with K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine, that estimates the routine movement of beef cattle in Kansas, and tying that in to the risk of an infectious bovine disease being spread....this will be an important tool for the beef industry in preparing for such an outbreak.

- 8/19/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

Griffin and Taylor continue their discussion.

- 8/18/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news stories.

- 8/18/2015
K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee goes over the benefits of wetlands, beyond their value as wildlife habitat...he urges landowners to recognize those benefits, amidst the current discussions about national water policy.

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Mykel Taylor talk about a new method they've devised for estimating farm and ranch land values, using historical land price data....they explain how this can be useful in determining land value basis for tax purposes and for tracking land value trends...they also talk about the USDA's latest Kansas agricultural land value data, and what it suggests about rental rate trends ahead...and they tell about the topics they'll be addressing at the K-State Risk and Profit Conference later this week, with registrations for that event still being taken.

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary:  she talks about the announcement of a large beef packing plant in Iowa closing, and what that means to the market...and she tells about a new guide for cattle producers on utilizing Livestock Risk Protection insurance as a cog of their operation's price risk management strategy.

- 8/17/2015
K-State 4-H specialist Diane Mack goes over her top five reasons why youth and their parents should consider joining 4-H as the new school year commences.

- 8/17/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news stories.

New K-State Research and Extension wheat specialist Romulo Lollato talks about his plans for researching new ways of improving overall wheat productivity in Kansas...one aspect of which he calls a more intensive approach to wheat input management.

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