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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The seed laboratory manager for the Kansas Crop Improvement Association, Eric Fabrizius, advises wheat growers who are saving back seed from this harvest about the potential impact of herbicide treatments used as harvest aids this year on seed germination...and he talks about the overall status of wheat seed quality and availability coming out of this sub-par production year.

- 7/30/2014
K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the status of ferruginous hawks in the High Plains region, and why they may eventually be in need of conservation efforts.

- 7/30/2014
Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news headlines.

K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine reports the likelihood of southern rust showing up in Kansas corn fields, now that the disease has been confirmed in Nebraska...he also talks about corn and soybean root problems associated with the inconsistent moisture patterns so far this summer.

The senior project manager with the Center for Food Integrity, Mark Crouser, talks about the mission of that non-profit center, in communicating factual information to consumers about their food supply...working with land-grant university scientists and agricultural producers, among others, to get the word out.

- 7/30/2014
Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news headlines.

The manager of the USDA/NRCS Plant Materials Center near Manhattan, Rich Wynia, tells of the research ongoing at that center on cover crops for crop rotation and conservation uses...that research will be on full display at a special field day to be hosted by the center next Wednesday, August 6th.

- 7/30/2014
K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's analysis of the cattle markets:  he goes over the numbers from the USDA's monthly cattle-on-feed and mid-year cattle inventory reports released last Friday, and he remarks on the potential staying power of the record surge in fed cattle prices and wholesale beef prices in the wake of those reports.

K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey compares the findings of a new study of the environmental impact of beef cattle production to previous research on that same topic, and offers his perceptions of this latest study and the message it's sending.

K-State meat scientist Travis O'Quinn talks about the new USDA proposal requiring all ground beef processors to keep traceback records for food safety purposes.

K-State 4-H specialist Pam van Horn previews the Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes and the All-Breeds Junior Dairy Show and Sweepstakes, both coming up in August.

Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's top agricultural news stories.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks at the new August forecast, as she covers Kansas agricultural weather.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien looks at the latest trends in grain price "carry" and how that might influence growers' decisions to store or to sell this fall's harvest...he also shares his latest price range projection for soybeans, based on this month's USDA grain supply and demand report.

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti announces the release of two new K-State electronic publications for corn growers:  one on diagnosing corn problems, the other on abnormal corn ears..both of which can be downloaded to smart phones and tablets for direct use in the field.

Agriculture Today host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's top agricultural news stories.

K-State cropping systems agronomist John Holman addresses another current weed concern:  volunteer corn springing up in fallow fields...he looks at K-State research into the impact that volunteer corn has on the following wheat crop yields, and offers K-State's recommendations on when it's economically justifiable to control it, as well as the herbicide options for doing so.

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson talks about the explosion of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth in row crop fields around Kansas, and what producers need to think about in mapping out a long-term management plan for controlling this aggressive weed.

- 7/24/2014
K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about overly-thick thatch in home lawns, and the summertime stress it can create for lawn grass, as well as what to do about it.

K-State canola agronomist Mike Stamm discusses what was learned about canola variety performance during the sub-par growing season just passed....and he tells of two opportunities to learn more about canola production at upcoming workshops co-sponsored by K-State.

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University comments on new agricultural law developments, including a key ruling on a provision of the Affordable Health Care Act, and another proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency that he says is wholly unconstitutional.

A guest speaker at K-State this week, Montana State University agricultural economist Anton Bekkerman, talks about his study of how shuttle train grain loading facilities have influenced the prices received by Kansas grain producers.

- 7/23/2014
Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a newly-published research review on bird-vehicle collisions...an attempt to establish the extent of bird losses and pinpoint why they occur.

Host Eric Atkinson looks at the day's top agricultural news stories.

K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi discusses the nutritional role that summer annual forages can fill in cattle feeding rations, going over the various forage types and the feeding programs they fit.

State animal health commissioner Bill Brown of the Kansas Department of Agriculture has more on the alert to horse owners about the disease vesicular stomatitis, which has recently been confirmed in Texas and Colorado...he talks about the serious physical afflictions this disease causes, and why horse owners need to be on the watch for it.

- 7/21/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

For this week's Kansas 4-H segment, the coordinator of the Operation: Military Kids program, K-State's Ann Domsch, has the word on a couple of special events for daughters of military families coming up in early August...plus this week's lineup of county fairs around Kansas.

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides the cattle market analysis for this week...he looks ahead to two important USDA reports due out this Friday: the monthly Cattle-on-Feed Report and the return of the biannual Cattle Inventory Report, the latter expected to indicate the degree of cattle herd expansion taking place.

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti looks at drought stress that has set in, in numerous corn fields around Kansas...he says that some stands are on the verge of aborting kernels, while others are exhibiting other signs of stress...he goes over what corn growers should be watching for.

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien passes along his revised price probability projections for corn and wheat, based on the USDA's latest grain supply and demand report...and he remarks on this week's plunge in the corn and soybean markets, as part of his weekly segment on the grain market trends.

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

K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about trends in key financial ratios that are evident in the Kansas Farm Management Association's 2013 Kansas net farm income report, and he talks about how that overall report matches up with the USDA's farm income analysis.

- 7/18/2014
K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson has advice on controlling the flush of weed growth that is turning in wheat stubble after the harvest, and why producers need to knock those weeds out as soon as possible...he covers the herbicide recommendations, especially for kochia, Palmer amaranth and other weeds that are showing resistance to glyphosate treatments.

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner reports on his new research, on feeding ammoniated wheat straw as a roughage for the beef cow herd...and whether that straw can serve as an adequate forage when the anhydrous ammonia treatment is cut in half as a cost-savings measure.

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.