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Saving the Lesser Prairie Chicken: What Landowners Should Know

Cumulative habitat loss, encroachment by invasive woody plants, wind energy development, petroleum production and the ongoing drought are just a handful of reasons why there are fewer lesser prairie chickens in the wild today, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which recently announced the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
4/17/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas State Professor Leads Group Making Recommendations on Climate Change Mitigation

The latest assessment of global climate change is out and scientists from around the world have recommended changes including some in agriculture, forestry and other land use designed to mitigate their effects on climate change. 

Video Interview  and  Audio Interview available

4/17/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Jim Armstrong - Havensville Living History Day

The little girl’s eyes grew big as she pumped the foot pedal and fed yarn into the loom.  As the loom moved back and forth, the little girl gazed in amazement. For the first time in her life, she was creating a rug before her eyes. It is the type of wonderful experience which one can find at the annual Living History Day in Havensville.
4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM

Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events

K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State agronomist Jim Shroyer... Play Audio

K-State agronomist Jim Shroyer discusses the likely hard freeze damage to winter wheat in several areas of Kansas earlier this week, and how growers can tell the extent of that damage as they inspect their stands in the days ahead.

4/15/2014 7:00:00 PM

Hard Freeze Could Damage Some Wheat In Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The hard freeze throughout Kansas in the early morning hours of April 15, could cause some damage to wheat, said Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist. Wheat in the jointing stage is most at risk, he said.
4/15/2014 8:00:00 AM

Australian Group Eyes United States eXtension Model

Seven members of an Australian delegation made a stop in Kansas recently during a trip to study the United States’ cooperative extension system, which is just weeks from marking its 100th year of serving citizens.
4/14/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State crops and soils specialist Doug Shoup... Play Audio

K-State crops and soils specialist Doug Shoup discusses an escalating weed problem for no-till soybean growers in Kansas:  the proliferation of marestail...he advises producers to treat that weed early, and goes over the herbicide options for keeping marestail in check.

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas State University’s International Grains Program is offering a pair of courses designed to provide additional training to milling professionals and other end-users of Kansas-grown products. The week-long basic and advanced milling principles courses are designed for different segments of industry professionals, but both courses focus on key milling principles. Marsha Boswell discusses the benefits these courses offer milling professionals and Kansas producers.

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State grain market economist Dan OBrien... Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien looks at this week's USDA grain supply and demand reports and the market response to the new numbers...and he talks about pricing opportunities for growers amidst what has now become a "weather market" for all the major crops.

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf... Play Audio

K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf provides his latest disease outlook for the Kansas winter wheat crop...he also talks about the newly-updated K-State wheat fungicide efficacy ratings for growers to use in selecting a fungicide product for specific diseases.

4/9/2014 7:00:00 PM

Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day Set for May 1

Topics ranging from dried distillers grains to fescue to alfalfa and more will be covered at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day on Thursday, May 1 at the Mound Valley Community Center, located at 505 Hickory Street.
4/8/2014 8:00:00 AM

Innovative Workshop Held on Crop Improvement Technologies

High-throughput phenotyping, a new area of research, is key to achieving progress in crop improvements.  And in order to make future advancements, there is a need for training graduate students and scientists in this emerging field.

4/8/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State entomologist Eva Zurek... Play Audio

K-State entomologist Eva Zurek talks about the services that the Insect Diagnostic Laboratory at K-State offers to agricultural producers, and how to submit either physical or electronic image samples for analysis...she emphasizes that the laboratory extends those services to anyone with any sort of insect problem or concern.

4/7/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti... Play Audio

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti talks about K-State's field tests of the new drought-tolerant corn hybrids, evaluating their performance in limited, as well as ample, moisture conditions...he talks the situations where these D-T hybrids may have the advantage over conventional hybrids.

4/7/2014 7:00:00 PM

Big Choices Loom for U.S. Farmers

Art BarnabyMANHATTAN, Kan. – As a professor in Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Art Barnaby has given countless presentations and fielded even more questions about managing risk over the years. And the questions continue as details of the new farm bill unfold.

4/4/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State grain market economist Dan OBrien... Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks about the longer-term impact of last Monday's USDA prospective plantings and grain stocks reports, and whether the new numbers altered his price probability projections for wheat, corn and soybeans.

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM

IGP associate director Mark Fowler... Play Audio

The associate director of the International Grains Program, Mark Fowler, provides the monthly IGP update...this time, he's joined by an executive with a major flour milling company in Nigeria, Theiva Muthu, who is attending a grain marketing course at IGP this week.

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


Norman Borlaug’s final words “take it to the farmer” reflected his firm belief that farmers could provide abundant food when given the proper tools. The work of Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize winner and father of the Green Revolution, was celebrated last month at the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security in Mexico. More than 700 representatives of the wheat research industry from 67 different countries, including Kansas Wheat Commission Chairman Ron Suppes and Aaron Harries, director of marketing for Kansas Wheat, attended the conference. Marsha Boswell has more on the conference and Borlaug’s legacy.

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural news... Play Audio

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby invites crop producers to participate in an information webinar coming up tomorrow, which will cover the new commodity program feature called the Supplemental Coverage Option...during which he'll share his preliminary analysis of how that option might work for Kansas producers.

4/2/2014 7:00:00 PM

Precision nutrient management scientist Brian Arnall... Play Audio

A guest speaker at K-State this week, Oklahoma State University precision nutrient management scientist Brian Arnall, talks about his work in improved nutrient management for wheat, using the nitrogen-rich field strip method of identifying wheat topdressing needs, and where the use of sensor technology fits in.

4/2/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth... Play Audio

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth reports on the latest scouting of alfalfa stands for signs of alfalfa weevil activity in Kansas...he urges growers to be patient with their weevil treatment programs, and to not treat too early.

4/1/2014 7:00:00 PM

Global Center for Grain Based Foods

The K-State Radio Network's Eric Atkinson interviews Dirk Maier, head of K-State's department of grain science and industry, on the possibility of collaborating with the American Institute of Baking on a new building. See video
4/1/2014 8:00:00 AM

Agricultural news... Play Audio

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson talks with state statistician Jason Lamprecht of Kansas Agricultural Statistics regarding the Kansas numbers from yesterday's USDA prospective plantings report.

3/31/2014 7:00:00 PM

Women Managing Farm Conference

Participants at the Women Managing The Farm conference talk about they learned during the conference. See video
3/31/2014 8:00:00 AM


With the 2014 Kansas wheat crop breaking dormancy, achieving top yields is on the minds of wheat farmers. With Mother Nature's help, your best management practices could be just the ticket to earn you a quick $1,000 in cash, if you enter the Kansas Wheat Yield Contest. Nicole Lane has more on how to participate in this year’s contest. 

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State grain market economist Dan OBrien... Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien looks ahead to Monday's USDA prospective plantings and grain stocks reports and their potential influence on grain price trends, as one of the lead topics during his weekly grain market analysis.

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State agronomist Jim Shroyer... Play Audio

K-State agronomist Jim Shroyer reports in from central Kansas, where he is inspecting numerous wheat fields for indications of winterkill...he talks about the extent of that problem as he's seen it to date, and talks about the production potential of wheat that was damaged by the cold temperatures, but has survived.

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM

Specialty Crop Insurance Advice

Frontier Farm Credit, Jordan Olsen, gave a talk at the Women Managing the Farm Conference about specialty crop insurance. See video
3/27/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State crop entomologist Sarah Zukoff... Play Audio

K-State crop entomologist Sarah Zukoff talks about her crop insect control research agenda, as she settles into her new post in southwest Kansas, with emphasis on mite control in various field crops and rootworm resistance to BT-corn hybrids...she also talks about current brown mite and winter grain mite activity in Kansas winter wheat, and whether that's of concern to growers.

3/26/2014 7:00:00 PM