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Agriculture Today

Agriculture Today is a daily program hosted by Eric Atkinson and distributed to radio stations throughout the state. It features K-State agricultural specialists and other experts examining agricultural issues facing Kansas and the nation. Below are the 8 and 11 minute segments from the last several weeks' shows.

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9-29-16Feedlot Antibiotics Documentation: Mike Apley of K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine looks at a five-year study funded by U-S-D-A to help central plains feedlot managers with their antibiotic stewardship.Apley 0929
9-29-16Water Use Reports Updates: K-D-A's Andy Terhune explains reporting changes required of irrigators and other water permit holders, and how the report can be filed on-line for the permit holder's convenience. Terhune 0929
9-29-16Oak Leaf Itch Mite: Raymond Cloyd offers homeowners protection tips, and talks about controlling ants that are starting to enter households.Cloyd 0929
9-29-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories. News 0929
9-28-16Sudden Death Syndrome and Sooty Mold: Chris Little addresses common disease problems found in Kansas soybeans and grain sorghum.Little 0928
9-28-16Internal Parasites and Fly Pressure: From Beef Stocker Field Day, OSU's Justin Talley talks about these cattle-herd issues and an integrated control approach to avoid treatment resistance problems.Talley 0928
9-28-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0928
9-28-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 0928
9-27-16Smoke Management and Prescribed Burning: From the K-State Beef Stocker Field Day last week, Clenton Owensby and Mike Collinge offer their perspectives on fire and smoke control.Owensby 0927
9-27-16Fall Noxious Weed Control: KDA's Scott Marsh advises landowners to consult their county noxious weed directors on the best control approaches for their area.Marsh 0927
9-27-16Trophy Game Hunting and Conservation: Charles Lee looks at a new study.Lee 0927
9-27-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 0927
9-26-16Weekly Cattle Markets Report: Lee Schulz of ISU looks at USDA's cattle-on-feed and cold storage reports and comments on the impact of China's planned import of U.S. beef. Schulz 0926
9-26-16Low-Stress Cattle Handling: From the 2016 Beef Stocker Field Day, Nebraska's Tom Noffsinger says the handler's understanding of cattle behavior is key.Noffsinger 0926
9-26-164-H International Exchange Opportunities: Deryl Waldren announces that applications are being taken for the variety of experiences abroad in 2017.
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9-26-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 0926
9-23-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien goes over his latest price probability projections for wheat based on the USDA's latest grain supply-and-demand numbers.O'Brien 0923
9-23-16IGP Institute's International Visitors: Jay O'Neil and Shawn Thiele tell about international grain buyers who participated in IGP courses in Manhattan this week: soybean-based feed manufacturers from China and wheat millers from Cuba.O'Neil 0923
9-23-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0923
9-23-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 0923
9-22-16Agribusiness Mergers: Ed Perry discusses potential early impact on producers and eventual effects on production agriculture.Perry 0922
9-22-16Managing Family Farm Expenses: Gregg Ibendhal talks about recent trends in such expenses on Kansas farms based on KFMA data.Ibendhal 0922
9-22-16Seeding Cool-Season Lawns, Part 2:  Jared Hoyle offers more advice on establishing a cool-season lawn in the fall, including new lawn weed control and watering needs.Hoyle2 0922
9-22-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 0922
9-21-16Veterinary Feed Directive Update: A.J. Tarpoff goes over the impact of antibiotics administered in livestock feed, urging cattle and other livestock producers to begin working with their veterinarians now for implementing the new rules.Tarpoff 0921
9-21-16Farm Loan Availability: FSA's Bob White talks about USDA funding, urging producers to file early, even though funds won't be available until October.White 0921
9-21-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas. SLL 0921
9-20-16Pregnancy Analytics Phone App: Bob Larson explains how it helps collect herd preg-check data at chute-side for instant recording and analysis.Larson 0920 
9-20-16Water Issues Update: David Barfield of KDA reports on a recent final agreement that Kansas has reached with Colorado and Nebraska on management of water resources in the Republican River Basin, as well as on a water use agreement recently completed with a Native American tribe in northeast Kansas.Barfield 0920 
9-20-16Hunting and Wildlife Conservation: Charlie Lee discusses the three ways they work together. Lee 0920
9-20-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 0920
9-19-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: Derrell Peel of OSU talks about the rally in the fed and feeder cattle trades last week and comments on lack of convergence in cash and futures cattle prices.Peel 0919
9-19-16Feeding Cull Cows: Chris Reinhardt discusses marketing them, and the idea of feeding cows back to condition to breed this fall and sell later as bred females.
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9-19-1648 Hours of 4-H Community Service: Beth Hinshaw and Mikey Hughes look ahead to a community service weekend coming up in early October.Hinshaw 0919
9-19-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 0919
 9-16-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien offers his updated price probability outlook for corn and soybeans, based on the USDA's latest crop production and grain supply-and-demand reports. O'Brien 0916
 9-16-16Farm Finance Status App: Robin Reid talks about a first-of-its-kind on-line tool she  created that allows producers to benchmark their financial status in comparison to peer operations around Kansas.Reid 0916
9-16-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene. Knapp 0916
9-16-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 0916
 9-15-16Grain Sorghum Yield Phone App: Ignacio Ciampitti explains how it uses photos of grain sorghum heads to determine the seed count and likely yield potential.Ciampitti 0915
 9-15-16Soybean Feed Manufacturing Course: IGP's Carlos Campabadal reports on the latest short course hosted by the institute promoting the use of Kansas-grown grains in South America and abroad. Campabadal 0915
 9-15-16Seeding Cool-Season Lawns, Part 1: Jared Hoyle talks about site preparation and lawn seed selection. Hoyle1 0915
 9-15-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 0915
9-14-16Invasive Trees in Pastures: Walt Fick has advice on fall control via herbicide treatments to standing trees or cut stumps.Fick 0914
9-14-164-H in Paraguay: Deryl Waldren and Bernardo Villalba talk about Kansas 4-H is as a model for a university in Paraguay to create a 4-H program and system for youth.
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9-14-16Ag Lenders Conference: Rich Llewlyn previews the early October meeting which will focus on the financial credit challenges facing lenders and producers during the agricultural economy slump.
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9-14-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0914
9-13-16Anaplasmosis Survey: Gregg Hanzlicek talks about a new survey of Kansas cattle producers and veterinarians to collect data on how to successfully combat this escalating cattle disease.Hanzlicek 0913
9-13-16Livestock Waste As Post-Harvest Crop Nutrient:  Joel DeRouchey underscores the need to have that material analyzed for nutrient content before applying.DeRouchey 0913
9-13-16Emergency CRP Haying and Grassland Bird Habitat: Charlie Lee reviews a long-term study of the effects.Lee 0913
9-13-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 0913
9-12-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: Jim Robb of the LMIC goes over the latest favorable report on U.S. beef exports and the LMIC's new extended outlook on cattle price trends. Robb 0912
9-12-16Selecting Grazing Wheat: Romulo Lollato talks about commonly-grown varieties for their forage production, whether for both grazing and grain production or solely for pasturing.Lollato 0912
9-12-16Burning Serecia Lespedeza: K.C. Olson comments on conducting a prescribed burn here in early fall...a tactic that has proven effective in K-State trials. Olson 0912
9-12-16Kansas Youth Council: Beth Hinshaw and Janae McKinney encourage older 4-Hers to apply now for council membership. Hinshaw 0912
9-9-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien comments on good news on the wheat export scene, and shares his new projection on wheat-seeded acreage for this next cropping year.O'Brien 0909
9-9-16Center for Grain and Animal Health Research: Dan Brabec talks about how the USDA center is using innovative technology for wheat quality and production research.Brabec 0909
9-9-16Sugarcare Aphid: Jeff Whitworth looks at aphid activity and whether or not to spray for it now.Whitworth 0909
9-9-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0909
9-8-16Fungicide Treatment For Wheat Seed: Erick DeWolf considers the value and options of pre-planting application. DeWolf 0908
9-8-16New Lighting and Visibility Regulations: Ed Brokesh talks about new requirements for agriicultural machinery and equipment and if those will impact producers who are operating older equipment on public roadways.Brokesh 0908
9-8-16Landscape Ornamentals Diseases: Ward Upham looks at foliage diseases on peonies and leaf spot on ash trees. Upham 0908
9-8-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0908
9-7-16Beef Calf Weaning Nutrition: Justin Waggoner talks about managing feed intake and offers a K-State-developed feeding protocol.
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9-7-16Beef Stocker Field Day: Dale Blasi previews the Thursday September 22 event in Manhattan.Blasi 0907
9-7-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0907
9-6-16Livestock Market Update: Glynn Tonsor reviews the rough sledding for the markets last week and the latest profit margin calculations for backgrounding calves this fall. Tonsor_0906
9-6-16Footrot On The Rise:  Gregg Hanzlicek talks about recent lameness in grazing attributed largely to August's wet soil conditions which have led to footrot. Hanzlicek_0906
9-6-16King Snakes and Copperheads:  Charlie Lee covers a new study of the interaction of king snakes and copperheads...and what happens when their numbers are out of balance. Lee_0906
9-6-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News_0906
9-2-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien notes the encouraging demand signals for corn, and comments on a modest improvement in wheat export sales as a positive sign for wheat prices.O'Brien 0902
9-2-16Late-Season Corn Diseases: Doug Jardine updates issues such as southern rust, gray leaf spot and ear rot.  He also reports on a leaf disease in Kansas soybeans.Jardine 0902
9-2-16Projecting USDA Wheat Program Payments: Art Barnaby explains why his projections exceed what wheat growers are seeing at their local elevators.Barnaby 0902
9-2-16 Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0902
9-1-16Non-CRP Options: Mykel Taylor discusses economic considerations on using that acreage for either cropping or grazing.Taylor 0901
9-1-16K-State Ranching Summit: Bob Weaber previews this first-time October event, and informational meeting about cow-calf ranching management.Weaber 0901
9-1-16Fall Lawn and Garden Pests: Raymond Cloyd reports on current insect activity, including fall webworms, spider mites and cicada killers.Cloyd 0901
9-1-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0901
8-31-16Kansas Ag Economy in 2016, Part 1: Allen Featherstone recently presented at K-State's Risk and Profit Conference, using KFMA data to identify trends in farm debt volume, debt repayment capacity, debt-to-asset ratios, land value expectations, and the ability of the USDA farm "safety net" to provide financial relief to producers amidst continuing low grain prices.Featherstone1 0831
8-31-16Kansas Ag Economy in 2016, Part 2Featherstone2 0831
8-31-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0831
8-31-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0831
8-30-16Bacterial Streak: Doug Jardine reports on a newly-discovered disease in corn and about the threat it poses to yields, and how to manage it.Jardine 0830
8-30-16Mycotoxins in Afghanistan: John Leslie talks about K-State research into their problem in Afghan foodstuffs and how to curb the food safety issues.
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8-30-16Catch and Release Bass: Charlie Lee reviews a new study of how the practice  affects bass growth and longevity.Lee 0830
8-30-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0830
8-29-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: ISU's Lee Schulz discusses whether to retain or sell the 2016 calf crop, along with forward pricing alternatives to consider.Schulz 0829 
8-29-16Working Horse Nutrition: James Lattimer talks about the transition from summer grass to fall and winter feedstuffs, and what supplementation programs work best.Lattimer 0829 
8-29-16Dog Conference Preview: Deryl Waldren previews the 2016 4-H Dog Conference at Rock Springs 4-H Center in October.Waldren 0829
8-29-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0829
8-26-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien remarks on the notably-bearish long-range grain price outlook, as well as a meeting of CME officials and ag economists on the price convergence issue in the wheat market.OBrien_0826
8-26-16Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching:  FSA's Blaine Rutherford offers an update on the USDA's Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, a risk management guide to raising crops that aren't eligible for conventional crop insurance.Rutherford_0826
8-26-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News_0826
8-26-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp_0826
8-25-16Soybean Pests: Jeff Whitworth alerts soybean growers to current insect problems and whether or not to treat for them.Whitworth 0825
8-25-16Estimating Soybean Yields, Part 1: Ignacio Ciampitti covers the four factors to measure, and reminds producers of the K-State soybean yield calculator phone app.Ciampitti-1 0825
8-25-16Estimating Soybean Yields, Part 2
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8-25-16Tomato Diseases:  Judy O'Mara looks at problems with the fruit itself.
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8-24-16Controlling Weeds in No-Till Wheat Stubble: Curt Thompson talks about herbicide options and alternatives, and stresses the importance of factoring in spray drift when selecting a treatment.Thompson 0824
8-24-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL- 0824
8-24-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0824
8-23-16Long-Range Grain Prices:  Bill Tierney of AgResource Company (and formerly of K-State) talks about what will have to happen to change that prices from falling lower.
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8-23-16Stocker Calf Performance On Patch-Burn Grazing:  Jaymelynn Farney reports that calf gains are very good, as are the impacts on pasture plant composition.Farney 0823
8-23-16Mountain Lion Predation: Charlie Lee tells of a new study out of the Dakotas with implications in the Plains.
Lee 0823
8-23-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0823
8-22-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: Jessica Sampson of the Livestock Marketing Information Center goes over Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report and the latest on international meat trade, as well as near-term fed and feeder cattle price trends.Sampson 0822 
8-22-16Fall-Weaned Calf Conditioning: Bob Weaber and A.J. Tarpoff of K-State discuss nutrition and vaccine considerations to increase the marketability of calves.Weaber 0822 
8-22-16
More On Fall-Weaned Calf Conditioning: Bob Weaber and A.J. Tarpoff of K-State consider marketing strategies for conditioned calves.
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8-22-16
Kansas State Fair Preview: Sarah Keatley looks at array of 4-H events, displays and activities at the upcoming annual event.
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8-19-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien comments on the surprising jump in the USDA's projected corn yield, and shares highlights from his grain price outlook presented today at K-State's Risk and Profit Conference.O'Brien 0819
8-19-16Grain Sorghum Research Update, Part 1:  Kraig Roozeboom talks about where this crop is in Kansas cropping systems, presented at the Center for Grain Sorghum Improvement.Roozeboom-1 0819
8-19-16Grain Sorghum Research Update, Part 2Roozeboom-2 0819
8-19-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0819
8-18-16Moving From Crops-Only To Crop-Cattle Operation:  Dustin Pendell goes over new information based in recent trends in the commodity markets, to be presented at today's K-State Risk and Profit Conference. Pendell 0818
8-18-16KDA Emergency Management Workshops:  KDA's Sandy Johnson previews upcoming training on controlling an animal disease outbreak. Johnson 0818
8-18-16Controlling Tomato Diseases: Tips from Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab director Judy O'Mara. O'Mara 0818
8-18-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 0818
8-17-16Intensely Managed Wheat, Part 1: Romulo Lollato reports on his research into nitrogen rates, fungicides, etc., and how individual wheat varieties are responding.Lollato-1 0817
8-17-16Intensely Managed Wheat, Part 2: Lollato-2 0817
8-17-16Multi-Hybrid Planters:  UNL's Joe Luck looks at performance results of this relatively new technology.Luck 0817
8-17-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0817
8-16-16Optimum Planter Operation: Paul Jasa of UNL talks about cutting crop residue, reaching proper seeding depth, achieving seed to soil contact and sufficiently covering the seed furrow.Jasa 0816
8-16-16Sorghum Headworm: Jeff Whitworth alerts grain sorghum growers about increased activity, and how and when to respond.
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8-16-16Rodenticides: Charlie Lee talks about minimizing effects on other wildlife.Lee 0816
8-16-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0816
 8-15-16Livestock Market Update: Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he responds to the USDA's new crop production report, and what it suggests about feed costs for cattle producers into the fall and winter. Peel_0815
  8-15-16Keep or Sell?  K-State cow-calf production specialist Bob Weaber looks at the decision of whether to retain heifer calves as breeding herd replacements or to sell those calves and bring in breeding stock from outside the herd.Weaber_0815
  8-15-164-H Grows Here:  K-State southwest area Extension 4-H specialist Amy Sollock reports on the national 4-H Grows Here initiative and how it will be implemented in KansasSollock_0815
  8-15-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News_0815