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May 2017 Stories
Research keys advances in swine industry the past 20 years
K-State’s Tokach says growth likely to continue well into the future
New wheat appears well suited for dryland farms in western Kansas
Tatanka seed will be available for 2017 planting
Kansas State University researchers race to stay ahead of wheat blast disease
Progress has been made, but $6.5M grant ends this year
K-State to host Spring Crops Field Day in Parsons
Wheat variety plot tour plus corn and soybean disease updates are part of the day
April 2017 Stories
Five Years Later: Researchers say $25M grant has increased safety of U.S. beef
Testing and controlling for E. coli is much more advanced, says K-State’s Phebus
Four winter canola field tours scheduled for May in Kansas
Suitable varieties, production practices will be focus
Cover Crop Field Day planned at K-State HB Ranch
Options for dryland wheat-based systems will be focus; lunch is included
- Study: Teff hay could serve as drought-tolerant forage for dairy cows
Kansas State feeding trials indicate promise, economic analysis still coming
- Landmark environmental book influences scientists 55 years after its release
K-State researchers say preventing pests, weeds and disease is an ever-improving process since 'Silent Spring'
K-State Hosts Midwest Invitational Meat Judging Contest
4-H and FFA youth from Tuttle, Oklahoma, top meat judging contest in Manhattan
- K-State to host Southwest Research-Extension Center Spring Field Day
Annual event will focus on wheat and canola; supper is served
Prospect of China opening its doors to U.S. beef could be boon for industry
U.S. beef sales to China ended in 2003 after BSE discovery in U.S.
- K-State grad student turns old barn into new game-bird research facility
Initial focus is on nutritional needs of pheasant
- Study: Combining ear tags, implants stimulates cattle growth
Research shows large increase in protection against pesky horn flies
March 2017 Stories
- Warmer Gulf of Mexico temperatures bring rain
K-State climatologist says severe weather is on hold for now
- K-State, ‘Little Apple’ to host national ag student conference
More than 800 expected April 6-8 in Manhattan
- With several cases of avian influenza near Mississippi flyway, poultry specialist urges vigilance
Kansas State University’s Scott Beyer gives tips
- K-State-developed wheat is again top variety in Kansas
Everest is especially popular in eastern two-thirds of state
Above-average temperatures pushed wheat to green up earlier than usual
K-State veterinarian offers advice for care of cattle that survived devastating fires
Orphaned calves, burn injuries top long list of challenging decisions
- Bans on poultry product imports bear watching by U.S. livestock producers
Avian flu outbreak in Tennessee flock prompts bans by some countries
- Kansas Wildfires: 4-Hers, volunteers rally to save orphaned calves
Foster families providing care until producers can rebuild facilities
- As Kansas wildfires burn, experts urge caution, awareness
Avoiding sparks, heat sources can reduce risk of more fires
- Following devastating property loss, documentation is key to recovery
If emotional impact is too great, ask for help
Kansans help their neighbors deal with record-setting wildfires
Kansas Forest Service, K-State Research and Extension agents help lead fire response across the state
Avian influenza in Tennessee is reminder for Kansans to remain diligent
Although the current risk of the virus spreading is low, K-State expert urges constant vigilance.
Soil moisture sensor field demonstration day set for March 21
Garden City Company Water Technology Farm near Holcomb, Kansas is site
Health-care researchers seek Kansas voices for ag industry survey
Nationwide study aims for comprehensive view of health care’s effects on farm and ranch families.
February 2017 Stories
K-State’s 40th Anniversary Bull and Female Sale scheduled for March 3
Purebred Beef Unit’s Legacy Sale will feature yearling bulls, two heifers, spring- and fall-bred cows plus four AQHA ranch performance horses.
- K-State Sheep Producer Day scheduled for March 4
K-State Sheep & Goat Center is site for this year’s Sheep Day.
- National Cattlemen’s CEO, ‘Chef Alli’ and others will speak in Cowley County
Dinner meeting is set for Feb. 28 in Arkansas City.
- Changes in the way gilts and sows are fed prompts need for training
K-State study also looks at feed efficiency during gestation.
January 2017 Stories
- Navigating a struggling farm economy
Kansas State University is hosting conferences around the state to help farmers think through critical decisions needed during the current farm economy downturn.
K-State offers youth animal science learning opportunity
High school students can apply now for the Kansas State University Animal Sciences Leadership Academy’s 2017 class.
- Program set for cow-calf conference Feb. 10 in Goodland
Multi-state symposium will include trade show for beef industry.
Seneca and Whiteside to host K-State Dairy Days
Latest information on shredlage technique of harvesting corn for silage included.
- Swine Profitability Conference set for Feb. 7
‘Staying Competitive in the Swine Industry’ is theme for the K-State conference.
- Western Kansas Forage Conference planned Feb. 20 in Larned
Ohio farmer and K-State experts will also share experiences using cover crops.
- SowBridge, PorkBridge educational programs return in February
Registration now open for both distance education programs that target specific segments of the pork industry.
December 2016 Stories
Latest canola information to be featured Jan. 19 at Canola College 2017 in Enid, Okla.
The latest developments in canola production and marketing will be highlighted at the Canola College 2017, “Taking Canola Production to the Next Level.”
K-State’s Winter Ranch Management series set for January and February
The seminar series in early 2017 will highlight successful strategies for enhancing beef producer profits.
- Lenders expect financial stress to worsen for farmers, ranchers
New survey shows decreases in land values and increasing demand for loans colliding with tighter, more expensive credit.
- NIFA grant will boost Kansas State University’s efforts to edit wheat’s genetic code
Researchers can modify parts of the wheat’s genome so it can perform better in farmers’ fields.
- Four steps to better livestock production: K-State researchers recommend new feed-particle size analysis method
New online publication outlines process for livestock operations and labs.
Kansas State University scientists to help identify genes that control wheat yield
The genes will be deposited into public databases and used in breeding programs nationwide.
$975,000 grant will help scientists employ UAVs to improve wheat breeding
The research will use drones in the process of developing better wheat varieties.
K-State researcher develops soil health research program in SE Kansas
Work is designed to keep more sediment, nutrients in farmers’ fields and less in water supply.
- Berger named 2016 K-State Animal Sciences & Industry Distinguished Alumnus
Professor and researcher served at University of Illinois and University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Junior Swine, Meat Goat Days scheduled
Kansas 4-H, FFA youth invited to Kansas State University to learn about production and management of both species.
November 2016 Stories
- NIFA awards Kansas State University $1M to protect food from pests, diseases
The funds will be used in research to eliminate the use of methyl bromide in fumigants that control insects in wheat and rice.
Kansas State University researcher’s work has ‘transformative potential’
For his work in water management, Isaya Kisekka is one of nine receiving new innovator award and will share in $4.8 million award over five years.
Understanding new veterinary feed directives for beef cattle producers
Meetings are being held across the state to familiarize producers with the new VFDs set to start Jan. 1.
- Researchers make breakthrough in controlling soybean cyst nematode
Scientists hope to take the traits and move them to Kansas-adapted cultivars.
- Ag Law & Lease Workshop planned in Salina
Leasing land to hunters and livestock owners plus fencing laws are among topics.
- K-State animal science department launches KSUAntibiotics.org
Information about antibiotic use in livestock and the new veterinary feed directives (VFD) set to go into effect.
- Program designed to help producers deal with historic agricultural downturn
Average net farm income down more than 95 percent on some Kansas farm.
- Managing Your Farm Future program proactively works with producers to improve financial situation
Kickoff is Dec. 13; One-on-one consultations are available in early January.
Using cover crops for weed control: Consider all aspects
Kansas State University specialists provide tips.
Feeding cull cows prior to sale may add value
K-State specialist gives tips aimed at boosting ranch revenues.
October 2016 Stories
Cover Crop Road Show planned Nov. 17 in SW Kansas
Tour designed to foster dialogue between industry, university and government representatives.
- K-State Soil Judging Team takes top regional honors
Team took first place in the “Overall Team” and second place in the “Group Judging” categories at the 2016 Region 5 Soil Judging Contest at UNL.
Veterinary Feed Directives meetings scheduled this fall
With the new VFDs set to go into effect Jan. 1, K-State Research and Extension has planned meetings to help beef producers prepare for the upcoming regulations.
K-State Swine Day scheduled for Nov. 17
Identifying ways to cut costs along with updates in swine nutrition and disease research will highlight 2016 K-State Swine Day.
K-State Crops Team wins Australian Universities Crops Competition
The event was held in New South Wales at the Temora Agricultural Innovation Centre.
The ongoing battle with pigweeds in soybeans
Using a preemergence herbicide should be part of a weed management plan, K-State specialists say.
- Feeding newly-weaned calves
K-State specialist gives tips to improve feed consumption by newly-weaned calves.
- Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program announces advisory board
The board will guide work to boost sorghum demand, yield and value.
Free honeybee workshops to be offered in southeast Kansas
Columbus and Independence are sites for educational events open to the public.
September 2016 Stories
Winning at Weaning program is set for Oct. 18
Dinner and educational program planned in Salina.
Mountain lion predation and livestock
The big cats are extending their range into the Great Plains.
Sept. 27 webinar to focus on improving wheat grazing using Canopeo mobile app
K-State researchers will cover user guidelines and management of dual purpose wheat pastures.
Harbstreit eyes end of career that has spanned a half century
Noted educator has mentored more than half of state’s ag teachers.
Livestock biosecurity to be featured during 3i Show
K-State’s A.J. Tarpoff to share biosecurity tips and strategies Oct. 14 in Dodge City.
- Veterinary Feed Directive and Beef Quality Assurance meeting planned in SE Kansas
K-State veterinarians will cover guidelines for cattle producers.
- K-State Beef Stocker Field Day scheduled for Sept. 22
Pasture burning issues and beef cattle outlook are among presentations planned.
K-State Diagnostic Lab seeking Kansas cattle producers to help with bovine anaplasmosis study
The study aims to determine prevalence and management risk factors in the state.
Starter fertilizers for wheat can pay if used correctly
K-State agronomist reviews using phosphorus or nitrogen to increase fall tillers and promote root development.
- New corn disease confirmed in United States
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of a new disease, bacterial leaf streak disease in corn.
August 2016 Stories
- Low-Stress Cattle Handling Workshop set for Sept. 26
Nationally renowned veterinarian Tom Noffsinger will headline the event in Williamsburg.
- Optimal corn seeding rates depend primarily on yield environment
Kansas State University and DuPont Pioneer collaborated on a sweeping corn seeding rate study.
- K-State Ranching Summit planned for Oct.7
Registration is now open for event that will focus on strategic management decisions
- Publications to assist in biosecurity before, during, and after livestock exhibitions
KDA provides tips to minimize spread of diseases during fair and expo season.
- Sexton-Bowser will lead Center for Sorghum Improvement at Kansas State University
Center is focused on boosting national sorghum yield and expanding markets.
K-State Research and Extension to host field day at Columbus, Kansas
Soybean production is among topics at the K-State Research and Extension field day in Columbus, Kansas on Sept. 20.
- Brexit decision not likely to have significant impact on US agricultural trade
A Kansas State professor of agricultural economics weighs in on what the United Kingdom’s decision means for U.S. agriculture.
K-State announces new plant pathology department head
Marty Draper began his official appointment in June
Veterinary Feed Directive dinner meeting set for Sept. 27 in Uniontown
Meeting to provide information for livestock producers about changes in the law that will affect their ability to use certain types of medicated livestock feeds.
Fighting pink eye in cattle
A K-State beef veterinarian discusses methods to combat the disease.
Beef production and the environment is topic of free Aug. 23 webinar
Great Plains Grazing is hosting the online event for all interested in the topic.
- What’s the big deal? Wheat futures and cash prices did not converge in July
Hefty supplies of wheat and other factors have weighed on Kansas wheat prices this summer.
What would work for you? Field days scheduled for water technology farms
Two upcoming tours are among several K-State events aimed at providing information about efficient water use in crop production.
The U.S. Wheat Tour in the Perspective of a Chinese
Shijun Yan is the associate director of the Confucius Institute at Kansas State University.
K-State weed science teams successful in regional contest
Graduate team wins first place.
- K-State animal science professor honored with ASAS Fellow Award
Evan Titgemeyer was awarded the American Society of Animal Science Fellow Award: Research Category for his distinguished service to the animal science industry and ASAS.
Substituting wheat in place of corn for livestock may prove cost effective
K-State specialists say paying attention to processing is key.
July 2016 Stories
Crop production efficiency, margin improvement are aim of Aug. 24 field day in Hays
Sugarcane aphid, cold tolerant grain sorghum, pearl millet and more are on the agenda.
Feedlot nutritionist 'boot camp' prepares grad students for careers in feedlot industry
Intensive training by veterinarians, feedlot nutritionists and cattle industry professionals provides a close up view.
Certified Angus Beef LLC to receive Don L. Good Impact Award
CAB will be recognized at K-State's ASI Family and Friends Reunion Oct. 7
K-State's Risk and Profit Conference set for Aug. 18-19 in Manhattan
Highlights include AgResource economist William Tierney, plus Lee and Margaret Scheufler
Just add water: Irrigation science is emphasis of Aug. 23 field day in Colby
Efficient water use in crop production is the theme of the day.
K-State's East Central Kansas Experiment Field to host field day Aug. 17
Crop production including soil variability, satellite imagery, pests and diseases are focus of event planned in Ottawa.
Southwest Kansas corn and sorghum production in focus at Aug. 25 field day
Updates on irrigation, weed and pest research, plus exhibitor booths are part of the day's program.
Winter canola preplant school scheduled Aug. 11 in Concordia
Canola presents potential advantages in north central Kansas cropping systems.
Forage supplementation and methane in beef cows is topic of July 26 webinar
Great Plains Grazing will present the free educational event online.
Future animal science industry leaders attend K-State training
High school students from across the country participated in an immersive livestock leadership learning experience.
K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab finds lead poisoning a problem in cattle
Lead poisoning is the most common poisoning in cattle that the lab has seen this year.
Crop producers should look out for potato leafhoppers, green cloverworms and fall armyworms
A K-State Research and Extension specialist discusses what challenges crop producers may be facing and how to treat them.
June 2016 Stories
New regulations will help integrate use of small unmanned aerial aircraft into precision agriculture
FAA regulations apply to drones under 55 pounds.
From the field: mobile drip irrigation aims to use water more efficiently
Increasing yields and water efficiency are the goals of mobile drip irrigation technology, according to a Kansas State University irrigation researcher.
Weather watcher alert: Kansas weather data system expands
Based at Kansas State University, Kansas Mesonet adds data collection sites to a growing network.
Water Technology Farms Being Implemented in Response to Vision
Water Conservation Techniques Being Tested on Volunteer Farms
Animal feed safety training coming soon
Kansas State University's IGP Institute to lead Food Safety Modernization Act feed training.
Early control of volunteer wheat advised in hail-damaged crop
Steps taken just after harvest may make a big difference later on.
High school students learn to lead the animal science industry
Students from across the country participated in an immersive livestock and leadership learning experience at Kansas State University.
Free webinar available on forage crops toxic for cattle
Webinar series is a part of Great Plains Grazing.
Eastern Kansas Grazing School to take place Sept. 20-21
Registration is open for the 6th annual event that will be hosted in Perry, Kansas.
Kansas net farm income plummets, weighed down by falling grain and livestock prices
Kansas Farm Management Association data showed the lowest average level of nominal net farm income since 1985.
Boyle named AMSA Fellow and recipient of 2016 AMSA Signal Service Award
K-State's Elizabeth Boyle will be recognized during the American Meat Science Association Reciprocal Meat Conference June 21 in San Angelo, Texas.
Kansas State University joins 12 public, private universities calling for increased federal investment in agricultural research
Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation and university collaborators release report highlighting current scientific breakthroughs.
K-State recognizes 'Top Hand' at 2016 Cattle Feeders College
Kendall Lock of Triangle H is honored
They're creepy, they're crawly, so be on the lookout for ticks
A hard tick called the American dog tick is the most commonly reported species in Kansas.
Dryland Ag Day is set for June 15 near Tribune
Tours and presentations are part of the day.
Beef Cattle Institute provides online resource for upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive changes
Producers can learn at the time most convenient for them.
Henke Manufacturing honored for environmental stewardship
Leavenworth company goes 'above and beyond' environmental regulatory compliance.
May 2016 Stories
Improving visibility in ponds and lakes
A K-State wildlife specialist discusses causes of turbid waters and methods to mitigate the problem.
Use dormant native range and supplements to possibly improve cow herd efficiency
Grazing options and protein supplements are available for producers, even in drier regions.
Old world bluestem, real world concerns
Information to help control and manage this invasive grass
Left uncontrolled, weeds would cost billions in economic losses every year
Research indicates that combined losses in corn and soybeans alone would total $43 billion annually in the U.S. and Canada
Southeast Kansas Spring Crops Field Day May 24 in Parsons
Presentations and tour include wheat, corn and normalized difference vegetation index information.
Differences in high- and low-profit beef producers influenced by record keeping, cost management
By keeping detailed records, producers can know how to best manage their costs in a market where they don't set the prices.
Cleaning and maintaining cattle feeding sites can increase production
A K-State livestock specialist shares tips on how to prevent fly populations.
Research shows tightening fiscal farm conditions
New Ag Lender survey sheds light on the impact of lower commodity prices.
Winter canola to be featured at K-State field days May 24, 25
Experiment field in Hutchinson and individual producer fields are included in field days.
Cattle Feeders College set for May 24 in Garden City
K-State invites nominations for 'Top Hand' award.
April 2016 Stories
K-State Crops Team completes successful spring season
Agronomy senior wins top individual award
Kansas added to interactive cover crops website
Site can help determine which cover crops are the best options, based on field conditions and other factors.
K-State to host BIF annual meeting and research symposium
Registration is now open for the popular beef cattle genetics event.
K-State crowned national champion meat animal evaluation team
The team's win is K-State's first national title in the contest's 53-year history.
Killer disease: May 11 meeting is planned to inform, coordinate response to anaplasmosis in cattle
The disease has been found beyond typical areas of eastern Kansas.
Two canola field tours scheduled April 28 for south central Kansas
Tours near Conway Springs and Kiowa will provide production, cultivar information
Wildfire effects on various grasses
A K-State range management specialist offers pasture management advice to producers.
April 26 webinar to focus on cover crops and how they can fit into a livestock grazing system
Training will be done by Great Plains Grazing and Kansas State University.
Grazing management: toxic plants publication aims to help producers
A new K-State publication provides vital information on plants that, if consumed, could harm cattle and other livestock.
Spring Field Day set for May 26 in Garden City
Wheat is in focus at the annual event.
Kansas State University Wheat In-Depth Diagnostic School set for May 17-18
Colby is the site for research updates and field demonstrations
Focus is on beef cattle and forage crops at May 5 field day in SE Kansas
K-State Research and Extension is hosting the educational event, plus commercial exhibits at Mound Valley.
Agriculture leads: Kansas State University's College of Agriculture continues to help sustain the university and state's largest industry
Dean John Floros presented his third annual State of the College of Agriculture address April 5.
Prepare for the spring cattle breeding season
A K-State veterinarian explains the purpose and importance of a bull breeding soundness exam.
Giving high school students life lessons in business, food production and philanthropy
Grains for Hope is a collaboration of K-State, Sabetha High School and Wenger Manufacturing.
Cover Crop Field Day set for May 13 at K-State HB Ranch near Hays
Researchers will discuss cover crop management options in dryland wheat-based systems.
Weak Internet connectivity in rural areas hindering agricultural production
Slow Internet speeds make data difficult to transfer in the field.
March 2016 Stories
Agricultural mobile apps provide in-the-field support for producers
A K-State crop production specialist compiled a list of apps that can benefit farmers and ranchers in a variety of ways.
Kansas State University animal science students, faculty bring home awards
Current and former applied swine nutrition students dominate at American Society of Animal Science meeting.
Kansas State University and Kansas beef industry to host anaplasmosis meeting in Salina
The day is designed to educate and plan a coordinated effort to control the crippling disease in Kansas.
Temperatures below freezing may be a concern for some Kansas wheat
Readings fell below 24 F in the western half of the state.
Understanding historic live cattle price volatility
A K-State agricultural economist explains some of the reasons for current market trends.
Ultra-high density grazing is topic of March 29 webinar
Educational opportunity for livestock producers is free
Succession planning is offered through Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services
Facilitated meetings can identify strengths, barriers and opportunities.
Preventing mycotic abortions in pregnant cattle
Information to help protect the cow herd and mitigate monetary loss this calving season.
Now you see them: Brown recluse spiders become active in March
Kansas State University scientists have conducted a multi-year study.
Early spring-like temperatures welcome for all but the wheat
A late winter warmup could cause wheat to come out of dormancy early.
A K-State wildlife specialist discusses this often-misunderstood creature.
Kansas Master Farmers, Master Farm Homemakers named
Six couples will be honored at a banquet March 11 in Manhattan.
February 2016 Stories
Weather's effect on controlling the alfalfa weevil
Weevils are most active in temperatures between 45 and 80 degrees.
Kansas State University veterinarian: Prepare your operation for the new VFD ruling
Make planning for new feed labels part of your 2016 agenda.
Kansas State University veterinarian: Understand issues surrounding antibiotic resistance
A breakdown of livestock and human interactions and focus on producer stewardship
Registration open for Kansas State University and K·Coe Isom Beef Sustainability Knowledge Summit
The event will take place May 10.
Partnerships help improve water quality in Kansas
The focus is cost-effective streambank stabilization.
Margin compression in agriculture could lead to lower net incomes, decreased rental rates
Two K-State agricultural economists discuss how low commodity prices might affect producers.
Wildfire Awareness Week: Number of Kansas wildfires spikes in spring
The state recorded almost 6,000 vegetation-related fires last year.
K-State Sheep Day to cover industry programs, consumer trends, and the veterinary feed directive
Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan is the site of the March 5 event.
Creating a home for bobwhite quail
A K-State wildlife specialist discusses methods to improve the game bird's habitat.
Pasture weed and brush management webinar planned
Feb. 23 online event is hosted by Great Plains Grazing
Learning the fundamentals of animal nutrition
Kansas State University's IGP Institute to offer five-week distance professional development course.
Beef heifer and cow reproduction meeting planned in Parsons
Smartphone app, synchronization protocols and more will be covered
Central Plains Irrigation Conference planned for Feb. 23-24
The 28th annual event focuses on irrigation-related topics through informational sessions and an industry exposition.
Producers focus on herd sire selection
As bull buying season approaches, a K-State cow-calf specialist provides strategies to choose an appropriate herd sire.
The fight against broadleaf weeds in winter wheat
A K-State weed management specialist recommends herbicide strategies for producers to consider.
January 2016 Stories
K-State's 103rd Annual Cattlemen's Day set for March 4
Keynote address will feature CEO of Encore Food Solutions, LLC.
Things to know before you fly a small unmanned aircraft system
Free UAS resource covers regulations, potential applications and more.
Proper nutrient supplementation and vaccination programs can help prevent losses in calving herds
A K-State veterinarian explains commonly diagnosed causes of late-term abortions and sudden calf losses in the Midwest.
Wheat grazing webinar planned for Jan. 28
Webinar open to anyone interested in wheat grazing systems.
Calving season tips: Increased energy management during extreme weather is crucial
A K-State beef specialist discusses cold stress factors and how to ensure cattle get the proper dietary energy and nutrients.
K-State Forage Bowl Team takes top honors in national competition
The Jeopardy-like contest marks second straight win for university.
Preventing predation on livestock
A K-State wildlife specialist discusses nonlethal and lethal methods for producers to employ.
Beef Cattle Institute and Kansas Beef Council to host three additional free BQA training sessions
Beef cattle care and health training sessions featuring Beef Quality Assurance training and certification will be hosted in Kansas.
K-State presents youth animal science learning opportunity
High school students can apply now for the Kansas State University Animal Sciences Leadership Academy’s 2016 class.
K-State specialist will address site-specific weed management at KARTA conference
University’s on-farm research underpins agricultural technology advancements
SowBridge and PorkBridge program registrations now open
K-State is one of 11 universities making swine distance education programs possible.
‘Cover Your Acres’ conference set for Jan. 19-20
K-State, Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance to host event