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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K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien shares his new analysis of Kansas crop production costs and whether those can be covered with current forward contract prices, as a feature of his weekly segment on the grain market trends.

K-State's Marty Vanier talks about her new appointment as the manager for strategic partnership development for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility being built at the university....she tells how her office will foster input from livestock producers, veterinarians, agricultural pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders, which will largely guide the animal disease initiatives that NBAF will undertake in the future.

- 4/24/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

- 4/24/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd discusses timing of bagworm control, potential treatments for sawflies on pines, and what to do about large numbers of hackberry psyllids that may be entering homes.

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson advises wheat growers on dealing with herbicide-resistant kochia in their stands, citing those herbicide options that can still get the job done...he also addresses strategies for post-harvest control of kochia in wheat stubble.

K-State agricultural engineer Ed Brokesh offers several reminders about practicing safety during the spring planting season....from pre-planting equipment inspection to proper equipment transportation to storing and transporting fuel safely.

- 4/23/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

- 4/22/2015
Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University reports on a new court ruling out of Missouri that he calls an important win for production agriculture:  it affirmed the protections that state has instituted for farmers and ranchers against nuisance lawsuits over their agricultural practices.

- 4/22/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf comments on the return of stripe rust disease in Kansas wheat, with the first confirmation of the disease this season in southeast Kansas.

K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine discusses the importance of planting-time decisions in overall row crop disease management, particularly with respect to sudden death syndrome in soybeans and Goss' wilt in corn.

- 4/21/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

The 2015 Alumni Fellow for the K-State College of Agriculture:  Kansas native Jim Heinze, who used his K-State degree in landscape horticulture in forging a career as a top sales executive for the Toro Corporation, an international leader in industrial landscape maintenance equipment.

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor reports on the trends indicated in the just-released Kansas County-Level Land Values for Cropland and Pasture report from K-State...that information can serve as a benchmark for determining land transaction prices and rental rates...she also talks about a K-State webinar taking place tomorrow which will cover that report in detail.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about a new report on the effectiveness of the conservation plan for the lesser prairie-chicken in the High Plains region.

- 4/20/2015
K-State 4-H specialist Deryl Waldren talks about the upcoming series of 4-H Day Camps soon to take place in northwest Kansas counties.

Agricultural economist Jessica Sampson of the Livestock Marketing Information Center provides this week's cattle market commentary:  she looks at new information on consumer food spending for the first quarter of the year, which bodes well for retail beef demand...she also shares the LMIC's pre-report estimates for this Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report.

- 4/20/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

K-State graduate and director of health management for leading hog producer The Hanor Company, Tara Donovan, talks about enormous current issues in swine health and management and how the hog industry is responding...she was just named the 2015 Alumni Fellow for K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien compares his latest price projections for wheat, corn, grain sorghum and soybeans to those of the USDA, based on last week's USDA grain supply-and-demand report, as the main theme of his grain market commentary this week.

 

 

K-State canola breeder Mike Stamm comments on the weather stresses that the Kansas canola crop has endured since last fall, and how those are impacting the crop's condition right now...he points to the opportunity to screen canola varieties for winter hardiness, and talks about new canola lines soon to be available to growers.

Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.
 

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

From the Pesticide and Fertilizer Program at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Logan Brown outlines the DriftWatch program now available to growers of pesticide-sensitive crops in Kansas...he explains how a grower, as well as a commercial pesticide applicator, can make use of this free-of-charge service to prevent crop damage from pesticide drift.

K-State cropping systems specialist Ignacio Ciampitti goes over recent K-State field trials which evaluated various soybean planting dates, matching them up with different variety maturity ratings, and at several test sites in the state...the aim being to identify those optimum planting dates for given locations in the state.

- 4/16/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

- 4/16/2015
K-State horticulturist Ward Upham tells how to succeed with planting garden tomatoes this early in the growing season.

The staff attorney with Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services at K-State, Forrest Buhler, reminds producers of the services that office makes available for those who are in financial difficulty with a lender, especially in light of the drought and the downturn in grain prices.

- 4/15/2015
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

K-State horticulturist Cheryl Boyer talks about a new social media marketing survey of nursery and garden centers in the state, as the initial project under the new Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement at K-State.

K-State swine nutritionist Mike Tokach offers another perspective on the issue of antibiotic use in livestock feeding, on the heels of efforts to limit that use because of human antibiotic resistance concerns...he talks about the stewardship the pork industry has already undertaken in view of the concerns, and why it remains imperative to preserve the availability of antibiotics for treatment of livestock illness.

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth has the latest on alfalfa weevil pressure in Kansas stands, responding to some reports that earlier treatments didn't seem to be working...he also talks about the recent approval of a specific insecticide to contend with possible sugarcane aphid problems in this year's Kansas grain sorghum crop.

- 4/14/2015
K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks how providing supplemental feed to wildlife influences the potential of disease in those species.

K-State cropping systems economist Terry Griffin discusses how precision farming data is becoming a more prominent factor in determining farmland values, saying that at some point either premiums will be paid for land with such data available, or there will be discounts for land that isn't accompanied by data.

- 4/14/2015
Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor covers the latest developments in the cattle markets, noting the bearish price trends of this past week...he comments as well on the impact of the avian influenza situation and other factors that are currently hurting U.S beef exports.

K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw looks ahead to the 2015 Kansas 4-H Campference coming up in late May.
 

K-State meats specialist Travis O'Quinn has the details on a series of K-State Barbecue 101 workshops for meat consumers at four locations around Kansas in the coming weeks.

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson goes over several guidelines for maximizing success with a beef A-I breeding program, with the emphasis on synchronization planning and handling of the A-I products and supplies themselves.

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