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 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.

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

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.

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

K-State feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt encourages cattle producers to prepare their drylots and other feeding areas now for muddy conditions that could develop in late fall and over the winter, and why that's important to cattle nutritional performance.

Staff economist with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Josh Roe, announces that several applicants in Kansas have now received USDA Specialty Crop Development Grants...he outlines what those grants will be supporting, and how others can apply for such funding in the future.

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner offers several thoughts on supplementation strategies for the beef cow herd on lower-quality roughages, such as late-season native pastures or crop stover, including knowing when to supplement based on the protein content of that roughage.

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about harvesting and storing those very last garden vegetables of the season.

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University discusses the new circuit court ruling on whether non-farmers must pay self-employment tax on Conservation Reserve Program payments...he talks about what this ruling means to Kansas C-R-P contract holders who aren't actively engaged in farming.

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

- 10/15/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

A guest speaker on the K-State campus this week:  the general manager of water resource planning for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in Australia, Tony McLeod, talks about the attempt in that agriculturally-prominent basin to re-allocate and extend surface and ground water supplies, and the challenges that resemble those of Kansas, as this state embarks on similar policy efforts.

K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine concludes his recap of disease issues in Kansas row crops this year with his summary of soybean disease problems:  he talks about how the wet early summer set the table for what he calls the most active soybean disease season he's ever seen in Kansas.

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti follows up with an explanation of why some soybean fields are still exhibiting green stems, even though the leaves have dropped and the pods are mature...he advises growers on when to go ahead and harvest such fields...he also talks abut the "purpling" syndrome in grain sorghum, and what's been causing that.

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks looks at what research says about coyote predation on deer, and whether that's a reason for a decline in deer numbers in Kansas in recent years.

K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi talks about several aspects of turning the cow herd out on grazing stover after this fall's harvest, including determining the volume and nutritional value of the crop residue, and cautions about prussic acid being present in crop stubble re-growth.

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he'll go over the latest USDA beef export/import figures, and talks about the USDA's feed price ratio numbers and just-released feedgrain production numbers, and what they mean to the cattle trade.

State statistician Jason Lamprecht of Kansas Agricultural Statistics covers the Kansas numbers from last Friday's USDA crop production report.

K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw and 4-Her Jill Seiler of the Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council preview the 2014 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum coming up in November.

K-State crop production specialist emeritus Jim Shroyer returns with observations on how well the new Kansas winter wheat crop is getting out of the starting gate, and he talks about several reasons why stand emergence might be slow, and whether the grower should act on that.

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

- 10/10/2014
Host Eric Atkinson looks at today's agricultural news.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien allows his thoughts on the USDA crop production and grain stocks reports to be released later this morning, and comments on weakening wheat basis at Kansas elevators, as topics for his weekly grain market analysis.

 

The associate director of the IGP Institute at K-State, Mark Fowler, reports on the institute's latest activities in promoting U.S. grain sales abroad...IGP recently hosted a feed milling team from Japan for a short course on soymeal utilization for swine feeding, and will conduct two courses this month on food and feed product safety for domestic millers.

The latest agricultural news stories.

- 10/9/2014
K-State crop nutrient specialist Dave Mengel encourages row crop producers to soil test their fields right after harvest, which will provide a basis for planning next year's crop nutrient management...he also talks about possible changes in K-State's crop nutrient recommendations that may be forthcoming.

Riley County Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone talks about storing flowering bulbs and plants indoors for the late fall and winter.
 

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

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

Commodity program specialist Terry Hawk of the Farm Service Agency goes over the just-announced timeline for enrolling in one of the program options under the new farm bill, the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program...he also talks about what the FSA is doing to ready for program sign-up

K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson looks at recommended herbicide programs for treating winter annual weeds in the fall, ahead of planting corn or grain sorghum in the spring...he explains why this can be a good weed control practice.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks looks at a new study of feral hogs and their progression, which indicates that the problem in Kansas is a product of intentional introduction of feral hogs, and not a result of migration from the southern plains.

Kate Hagans talks with two K-State swine specialists, Joel DeRouchey and Mike Tokach, about the new, state-of-the-art hog nursery facility formally dedicated last week at K-State's Swine Teaching and Research Unit...they look at how this new facility will advance swine management education and research at K-State.

- 10/7/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

The emergency preparedness coordinator with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Sandy Johnson, talks about the recent emergency training exercise in north-central and northeast Kansas, evaluating the response of several local agencies to a simulated outbreak of food-and-mouth disease...she reports on how that exercise went and what was learned from it.

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  among other topics, he compares the value of gain between putting calves on wheat pasture this fall and putting calves into the feedyard...he says the numbers speak well for grazing calves on wheat pasture.

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek talks about minimizing the threat of coccidiosis to beef calves...it's a disease that can easily turn up in just about any feeding setting, causing long-term performance issues.
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K-State 4-H specialist Diane Mack and 4-H Youth Leadership Council president Blake Foraker talk about National 4-H Week, which runs from now through Saturday, closing out with the 48 Hours of 4-H community service initiative this weekend.

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