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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Agriculture Today
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The associate director of Extension at K-State, Daryl Buchholz, reflects on Extension's achievements in 2014, responding to the "grand challenges" that Kansans have identified for Extension to address...among them, water, global food systems, leadership development and community vitality.

K-State cropping systems specialist Ignacio Ciampitti previews the extensive series of K-State row crop production schools for producers coming up in early 2015, at 10 locations around Kansas...he covers the specific topics that will be highlighted at these free-of-charge schools for corn, soybean and grain sorghum producers.

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham has more about preserving the colorful foliage on poinsettias through the rest of the holiday season and beyond, and talks about conducting a germination test on any vegetable garden seed that's being held over for planting next spring.
 

- 12/18/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

During the first half-hour of the broadcast, the annual end-of-year conversation with the dean of the College of Agriculture at K-State, John Floros, who looks back at the college's accomplishments in education, research and outreach in 2014, and looks ahead to the college's goals in those areas in 2015.  He says that the college achieved new records this past year in student enrollment and agricultural research funding, and was able to bolster Extension programs and services across the state by re-filling long-vacant positions.

John Floros looks back at the college's accomplishments in education, research and outreach in 2014, and looks ahead to the college's goals in 2015.

- 12/17/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

- 12/17/2014
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

- 12/16/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study of the social behavior of coyotes, which confirms their monogamous nature...useful information when it comes to coyote predation control.

- 12/16/2014
K-State veterinarian Mike Sanderson talks about a new research exercise, evaluating responses to a simulated outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the livestock industry...this work illustrated the critical role that vaccination programs would play in controlling an F-M-D outbreak...he also talks about the next step:  sustaining an active livestock industry while contending with F-M-D.

K-State soybean breeder Bill Schapaugh shares the highlights from K-State's 2014 Soybean Variety Performance Test, with the performance numbers now in from several locations around Kansas:  he talks specifically about two variety evaluations featured in the test, for resistance against soybean cyst nematode and sudden death syndrome.

- 12/15/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson talks about controlling various mustard weed species in winter wheat, saying that producers should get on top of those mustard problems before the weeds bolt in the spring...he covers those winter herbicide applications that have enough residual activity to get the job done.

Oklahoma State University livestock economist Derrell Peel is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  he goes over the latest U.S. beef export report and new numbers on feeder cattle imports from Mexico, and what they mean to the trade...he also offers his general cattle market outlook for 2015.

K-State 4-H specialist Pam van Horn has information on the 2015 Kansas 4-H Horse Panorama set to take place in January.

From the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Gregg Ibendahl talks about the merits of advance-purchasing crop inputs, fuel and machinery for 2015 before this year is out, for income tax management purposes...the recent plunge in petroleum prices in particular casting a different light on one's fuel and fertilizer decisions.

- 12/12/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on the market response to the USDA's latest grain stocks reports, and how the new numbers weigh into the "battle for acres" between the corn and soybean markets, during his weekly grain market analysis.

- 12/12/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on the Kansas agricultural weather scene.

From the Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services office at K-State, Janel Koons goes over how to register for one of the five Farm Succession Planning conferences co-sponsored by K-State early in 2015, each of which will cover important topics on passing the farm or ranch along to the next generation.

K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about the importance of minimizing foot and vehicle traffic on lawn grass during the winter.

Another featured speaker at the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Winter Conference earlier this week in Manhattan:  NRCS rangeland management specialist Dusty Tacha talks about grazing management coming out of the depths of the drought...things for producers to think about as they re-calculate their stocking rates, and considerations on rotational grazing systems, to give pastures adequate rest as they recover from the drought.

Farm loan chief Arlyn Stiebe of the Farm Service Agency reports on a record-setting year for the USDA farm loan program in Kansas, with a special emphasis on the beginning farmer loan options the program offers.

Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen has the latest on the tax extenders bill now awaiting Senate action, with the possibility that those tax provisions important to agricultural producers may not be extended for this year after all...he also offers thoughts on end-of-year charitable giving for tax management purposes.

The keynote speaker at the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Winter Conference yesterday in Manhattan:  the director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, shares his outlook on the hay and forage market for 2015:  how lower feedgrain prices are affecting hay prices, how much the California drought has impacted alfalfa prices, and how he sees Kansas hay prices shaping up in the new year.

- 12/10/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

- 12/10/2014
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

K-State cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber discusses replacement heifer selection and development upon expanding the herd, as many beef producers are now intending to do...he'll also talk about using selection index information in making herd genetic decisions, and other related topics, all in advance of K-State's series of Winter Ranch Management Seminars taking place throughout Kansas in January:  Bob will have the complete rundown on the agenda for those seminars and the dates and locations.

- 12/9/2014
K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new study of pocket gopher control methods, which showed why proper training in gopher trapping techniques makes all the difference in control success.

- 12/9/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

The conversation with K-State cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber continues.

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor offers the weekly cattle market analysis:  he talks about the bearish trend in last week's trading, and how much of a concern that is for producers...and he draws from a recent nationwide food demand survey, and what it indicates about consumers' response to country-of-origin labeling of meat products.

K-State agronomists Kraig Roozeboom and Gretchen Sassenrath talk about new K-State research on water use by cover crops, and specifically various cover crop mixtures...the results speak favorably for inclusion of these mixtures in certain cropping systems.

K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw talks about the recently-elected Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council and the activities it will undertake in 2015.

- 12/8/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

- 12/5/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers the Kansas agricultural weather scene.

- 12/5/2014
Eric Atkinson looks at the day's agricultural news.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on this week's market activity, noting an unusual development in price basis for grain sorghum, as compared to corn, at several delivery points around Kansas...he also looks ahead to the USDA's grain supply-and-demand report coming out next week.

K-State agronomist Gretchen Sassenrath talks about the opportunity for crop producers to use publicly-available satellite imagery and field terrain maps to identify under-productive and erosion-prone spots in the field...she's been employing those free tools in field assessments in southeast Kansas, and believes they can be very helpful to producers statewide.

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