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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- 1/27/2015
K-State agronomist Mike Stamm reports on the condition of canola stands in the central plains so far this winter, and passes along the details on the 2015 Canola College for current and prospective growers, co-sponsored by K-State and Oklahoma State University in mid-February.

Another segment from the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference co-hosted by K-State Research and Extension last week in Salina:  University of Nebraska Extension cropping systems agronomist Laura Thompson offers her views on current and future utilization of precision technologies in crop production and management.

- 1/27/2015
K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the challenges of introducing walleye as a game fish in farm ponds.

- 1/26/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

Agricultural economist Jessica Sampson of the Livestock Marketing Information Center is featured on this week's cattle market segment:  she comments on the latest USDA cattle-on-feed report, and reports on an LMIC analysis of the influx of dairy calves into the cattle feeding sector, and the impact that's having in the beef cattle trades.

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson talks about some subjects that have come up during K-State's Winter Ranch Management Seminar series, which have focused on replacement heifer development:  for one, she looks at management considerations when transitioning heifers from grain-based feeding to forage grazing.

K-State swine specialist Jim Nelssen previews the 2015 K-State Swine Profitability Conference coming up next week on the campus.

- 1/26/2015
K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw talks about the local 4-H Days coming up in February.

- 1/23/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

A featured speaker at the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, co-sponsored by K-State Research and Extension this week:  former Oklahoma State University cropping systems specialist and now a producer and consultant in northeast Colorado, Chad Godsey, talks about practical adaptation of precision agricultural technology by farmers, and what he sees as the lead technology interests in the central plains region.

- 1/23/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

K-State grain market economist Dan O’Brien reviews this week’s trends in the grain markets:  he comments on how long he thinks that grain sorghum will continue trading at a premium to corn in certain locations, and takes another look at the corn-to-soybean price ratio as an indicator of producer planting intentions this spring.

- 1/22/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey has the details on two educational opportunities for hog producers starting in February, conducted via teleconference with on-line support materials:  SowBridge and PorkBridge.  Experts from K-State and 10 other land-grant universities will address numerous herd health and management topics relevant to swine operations during these monthly and bi-monthly sessions, respectively.

The associate director of the IGP Institute at K-State, Mark Fowler, provides an update on that institute's latest educational activities in promoting U.S. grain sales and usage.  He talks about a highly-popular session this month for commercial grain elevator operators here in Kansas, and looks ahead to similar training to be offered to domestic grain producers with large-volume on-farm grain storage facilities.

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about what homeowners can do to ready a site for spring tree planting, for either landscaping or conservation purposes.

- 1/21/2015
K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby goes over aspects of the new USDA commodity program features that are raising questions with producers, as Art and fellow K-State agricultural economists conduct the series of Farm Bill decision informational meetings around Kansas this winter:  he walks through the basics of how crop prices and yields are determined for program purposes, and how each factors into the ARC and PLC program options...he also talks about the yields for 2014 wheat program payments that were just released by the USDA, and how the variations in those yields from county to county in Kansas will impact the likely returns to producers from each of the program options.

- 1/21/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

- 1/21/2015
K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby continues his overview of the Farm Bill.

- 1/21/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee continues the discussion of the feral cat problem in the U.S., this week outlining the extent of the problem overall, and why controlling it is so difficult.

- 1/20/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

K-State irrigation engineer Dan Rogers previews the 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition taking place in Colby in mid-February, co-sponsored by K-State...he talks about several of the highlighted topics to be addressed in the multiple technical sessions at that conference.

K-State forester Leah Scott announces that orders are now being taken for low-cost conservation tree seedlings through the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program, for windbreak, riparian or other conservation plantings...and Kate Hagans files a report on a new $13 million USDA water quality initiative for establishing conservation tree plantings in riparian areas that drain into Kansas reservoirs...with advisory and technical support being provided by the Kansas Forest Service at K-State.

Grant County Extension agent Mary Sullivan talks about the achievements of the Growing Kansas Leaders program taking place in several parts of the state.

K-State swine veterinarian Steve Dritz talks about a new series of instructional videos for hog producers on feed biosecurity, as an important part of combatting porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in swine herds.

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska offers this week's cattle market commentary:  she remarks on last week's drastic downturn in most segments of the cattle markets, and whether the markets will right themselves this week...she also looks at the announced change in tariff status for Australian beef entering Japan, and how that might affect U.S. beef exports into that country.

- 1/19/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

- 1/16/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

- 1/16/2015
The state director of the Farm Service Agency, Adrian Polansky, talks about several timely USDA program items:  the upcoming deadline for applying for the Livestock Disaster Assistance program, the opportunities to learn more about making the long-term crop program decision within the new commodity title, and the option for terminating Conservation Reserve Program contracts early.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien reflects on the USDA's grain stocks and winter wheat seedings reports from earlier this week, and how they've impacted his latest price range projections for wheat, feedgrains and soybeans, during his weekly segment on the grain markets

- 1/16/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

K-State agronomist Stu Duncan offers his observations on the state of the Kansas winter wheat crop, coming out the sustained harsh cold weather of the past few weeks...he advises growers who are concerned about winterkill to their stands to take samples from their fields and test their growth status indoors.

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson announces that K-State's 2015 Chemical Weed Control Guide for field crops has just been released for producers to use:  he goes over the information contained in that guide, including a new feature that will help crop growers contend with herbicide resistance issues through better management.

Director of K-State's John Pair Horticulture Research Center near Wichita, Jason Griffin, tells of new elm tree varieties available to homeowners that are fully resistant to Dutch elm disease.

- 1/15/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen cites two new court rulings out of Kansas that both address oil and gas exploration issues...one having to do with who is responsible for plugging abandoned oil wells.

K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses utilizing cover crops for cattle grazing:  what research says about the impact of grazing on soil compaction, and about cattle gains from cover crop forage...she shares early data from an ongoing study of cover crop grazing in east-central Kansas.

K-State agronomist Lucas Haag previews two events for crop producers coming up next week:  K-State's annual Cover Your Acres Conference in Oberlin, and the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference in Salina.

- 1/14/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

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