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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.

Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past stories to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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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
8-24-16Ag Law Update: Washburn's Roger McEowen previews a new symposium on contemporary issues in agribusiness, including contracts in the farming operation, pending federal tax code changes, and more.
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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.
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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
8-12-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien addresses the mounting concerns over the lack of convergence of cash and futures wheat prices, and he looks ahead to this morning's USDA crop production and grain supply and demand reports.O'Brien 0812
8-12-16Working Capital: Beth Yeager looks at why it's crucial for agricultural producers to keep tabs on that during this downturn in the agricultural economy.Yeager 0812
8-12-16Cash-To-Futures Wheat Price Convergence: Art Barnaby explains why it is impacting USDA program payments and crop insurance coverage for wheat.Barnaby 0812
8-12-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0812
8-11-16Cooperatives and Farmers, Part One: Guest speaker Ron Farrell of the Farrell Growth Group offers insight on precision farming technology and how service providers such as cooperatives embrace that technology; high-profile agribusiness merger developments; and how local coops can continue their business relationships with local producers as major agribusiness firms ramp up efforts to directly market to producers.Farrell-1 0811
8-11-16Cooperatives and Farmers, Part Two: Farrell-2 0811
8-11-16Determining Ripeness: Ward Upham covers the proper ways of picking apples, pears and winter squash.
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8-11-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0811
8-10-16K-State Cooperative Symposium Presentation: Oklahoma State's Jayson Lusk talks about his research into U.S. consumer perceptions of food and how agriculture must position itself to buyers.Lusk 0810
8-10-16Ag Law Update: Roger McEowen discusses a S.D. case where a cattle producer prevailed over an insurance company over cattle losses during a sudden blizzard.McEowen 0810
8-10-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0810
8-10-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0810
8-9-16Wheat Nutrition Consideration: Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz recommends soil testing ahead of wheat seeding in a continuous crop system or following a row crop this fall. Ruiz-Diaz 0809
8-9-16Row Corn and Seeding Rates: Ignacio Ciampitti and Dwight Conley discuss research comparing twin row versus 30-row at three different seeding rates. Ciampitti 0809
 8-9-16Summer Pond Issues: Charlie Lee addresses several frequently-asked questions. Lee 0809
 8-9-16
Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.
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8-8-16Livestock Market Update:K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor reviews last week's market trends, and talks about changes in cattle futures trading announced by the CME late last week, and what those mean to cattle producers.
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8-8-16Changing Consumer Trends:  K-State agricultural economics researcher Melissa McKendree discusses her study of changes at the retail level of the beef production chain, and how those are impacting beef producers upstream economically.McKendree_0808
 8-8-16Kansas 4-H Going To Mars?  K-State 4-H specialist Deryl Waldren tells about the 4-H Space Exploration and Mars Habitat Experience taking place next month at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.Waldren_0808
 8-8-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News_0808
8-5-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien talks about his new breakeven cost calculations for Kansas-grown wheat and soybeans, and looks ahead to next week's key USDA crop production report.O'Brien 0805
8-5-16Soybean Cyst Nematodes: Tim Todd advises soybean producers to regularly monitor fields for nematodes overcoming resistance built into most soybean varieties.  He also talks about root lesion nematode issues in wheat and corn.Todd 0805
8-5-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0805
8-5-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0805
8-4-16New Wheat Varieties: Kansas Wheat Alliance's Bryson Haverkamp talks about three new K-State wheat varieties just released for certified seed production in 2017, and looks ahead to varieties that will follow.Haverkamp 0804
8-4-16From the Land of Kansas: Julie Roller of KDA tells how the program supports local farmers' markets in development and promotion.Roller 0804
8-4-16Fall Vegetable Gardening: Gregg Eyestone says it's time for home gardeners to prepare for a fall garden.Eyestone 0804
8-4-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0804
8-3-16Cropland Rental Rates:  Mykel Taylor talks about adjusting cropland rental rates amidst the ongoing slump in grain prices, and about expectations for Kansas farmland values moving ahead.Taylor 0803
8-3-16Chinch Bugs In Sorghum:  K-State crop entomologist J.P. Michaud reports on unusual chinch bug activity in Kansas grain sorghum; in some cases, these insects are feeding on the actual sorghum berries in the head.Michaud 0803
8-3-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0803
8-3-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0803
8-2-16Kansas Wheat Variety Performance Test (Part 1):  K-State agronomist Jane Lingenfelser goes over the just-released 2016 Kansas Wheat Variety Performance Test Report from K-State, now available to wheat growers as they contemplate their seed selection for planting this fall.Lingenfelser1_0802
8-2-16Kansas Wheat Variety Performance Test (Part 2):  Lingenfelser talks about the varieties from the public wheat programs in Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado, and how they fared in this year's field trials.
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8-2-16Roadrunner!  Charlie Lee talks about the expanding range of the roadrunner, which is common to the desert Southwest but can be found frequently in parts of Kansas as well.Lee_0802
8-2-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News_0802
8-1-16Livestock Market Update: Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  he talks about the market's reaction to the July cattle-on-feed report last week, and about the latest optimistic report on U.S. beef exports.Schulz_0801
8-1-16Heat Stress in Cattle:  K-State beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff talks about what research says are the best means of alleviating heat stress in cattle.Tarpoff_0801
8-1-164-H Horticulture Judging:  K-State 4-H plant science coordinator Evelyn Neier talks about the 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest coming up this month...plus, a look at this week's county fair calendar.Neier_0801
8-1-16AgriculturaAgricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News_0801
7-29-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien shares his new projections on breakeven costs for Kansas corn and grain sorghum producers, and how higher yields would affect those levels.O'Brien 0729
7-29-16Ag and the Kansas Economy: KDA's Chad Bontrager talks about the state's leading industry, as well as opportunities for growth in the agricultural sector.Bontrager 0729
7-29-16Daily Projection of County Loan Deficiency Payments: Art Barnaby informs wheat producers of this new service at agmanager.info.
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7-29-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0729
7-28-16Weed Control in Wheat Stubble: Lucas Haag cites a multi-year K-State study in western Kansas which examined weed control at various stages of the fallow period between crops, and the impact on soil water availability to the row crop. Haag 0728
7-28-16Maximizing Economic Returns on Cover Crops: Robin Reid talks about navigating the struggling farm economy and maximizing economic returns on cover crops, part of her presentation at August 2016 Risk and Profit Conference. Reid 0728
7-28-16Determining Fruit Ripeness: Ward Upham gives tips on picking home-grown melons and peaches. Upham 0728
7-28-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 0728
7-27-16Workshops Preview: Ajay Sharda and Terry Griffin look ahead to August events at K-State covering precision planter technology and yield monitors.Sharda 0727
7-27-16Ag Law Update: Roger McEowen of Washburn University looks at a couple of cases where agricultural interests attempted to take advantage of their own bankruptcy status, only to be rebuked in court.McEowen 0727
7-27-16Stop, Look and Listen: STOStop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0727
7-27-16Agricultural News: AgriAgricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0727
7-26-16PestAgricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. Problems:  K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth updates producers on current insect activity in Kansas field crops, with recommendations on responding to them.Whitworth-0726
7-26-16The Future of Plant Pathology:  The new head of the plant pathology department at K-State, Marty Draper, talks about his aspirations for that department.Draper-0726
7-26-16Pheasants and Quail:  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new report on the performance of a specially-designed system for introducing captive-raised pheasants and quail into the wild, based on field trials here in Kansas.Lee-0726
7-26-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News-0726
7-25-16Weekly Cattle Market Report:  Agricultural economist Jessica Sampson of the Livestock Marketing Information Center weighs in on the cattle market trends.Sampson-0725
7-25-16Pasture and Forage Insurance:  K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer talks about his analysis of insurance products available to cattle producers to cover pasture and forage production that have been made available on a pilot basis to Kansas producers.Vandeveer-0725
7-25-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories, as well as a preview of the 2016 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes coming up in August.  The deadline for registering is next week.
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7-25-16Volunteer for Kansas 4-H!  K-State 4-H specialist Pam van Horn talks about the ongoing need for adult volunteers to serve as local project leaders...plus this week's lineup of county fairs around Kansas.vanHorn-0725
7-22-16Weekly Grain Market Report:  Dan O'Brien shares his new analysis of U.S. crop revenue trends over the last 15 years, and how sharply those have fallen off over the last five years.OBrien-0722 
7-22-16Heat Wave vs. Row Crops:  EEeEffect of Heat: Ignacio Ciampitti talks about our current heat wave, and the physiological effect on row crops in Kansas.Ciampitti-0722 
7-22-16Feed Manufacturing Course:  SShort Course Update: Manufacturing specialist with the I-G-P Institute at K-State, Carlos Campabadal, talks about the annual feed manufacturing short course hosted by the institute.Campabadal-0722 
7-22-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene. Knapp-0722
7-21-16Sugarcane Aphid Alert!  K-State crop entomologist Brian McCornack reports that a highly-damaging pest in grain sorghum, the sugarcane aphid, has returned to Kansas, having been confirmed in south-central Kansas this week.McCornack-0721
7-21-16Certified Weed-Free Hay:  State weed specialist Scott Marsh of the Kansas Department of Agriculture talks about what's required to certify hay crops for marketing under the state's Weed-Free Forage Program.Marsh-0721
7-21-16Prairie Star Ornamentals:  K-State nursery crops specialist Cheryl Boyer talks about the Prairie Star ornamental flower program, which evaluates flower cultivars that perform well in Kansas' varying growing conditions.Boyer-0721
7-21-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News-0721
7-20-16Wheat Crop Analysis:  K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato looks back on the just-harvested wheat crop in Kansas, and what made it so successful for most growers.Lollato-0720
7-20-16Canola Crop Analysis:  K-State canola agronomist Mike Stamm offers a similar review of this year's canola production season in Kansas, which also proved to be productive.Stamm-0720
7-20-16USDA Loan Deficiency Payment?  K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby talks more about the possibility of Kansas wheat producers capitalizing on the USDA loan deficiency payment, if local wheat prices once again fall below the trigger rate.Barnaby-0720
7-20-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL-0720
7-19-16Drone Technology:  K-State agronomist Ray Asebedo talks about the opportunities that are opening up for use of drones for crop management, now that the regulations for such use have been established.Asebedo-0719
7-19-16Volunteer Corn:  K-State agronomist John Holman talks about approaches to controlling volunteer corn on fallow ground ahead of winter wheat planting, citing a K-State study on the importance of doing so.Holman-0719
7-19-16Prairie Dogs:  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on the latest study of prairie dog colonies on rangeland, and the ensuing impact on cattle grazing programs.Lee-0719
7-19-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News-0719
7-18-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's insight on the cattle markets:  he talks about whether the fed cattle market will be finding its summer low point soon, and offers some thoughts on contending with the price volatility that continues to hold sway in the cattle futures trades.Peel-0718
7-18-16Biosecurity Requires Cooperation:  Animal diseases traceability coordinator Kendra Frasier of the Kansas Department of Agriculture talks about the responsibilities of livestock exhibitors to promote biosecurity at the upcoming Kansas State Fair, as well as at the local county fairs now taking place.Frasier-0718
7-18-164-H Consumer Judging:  K-State 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences liaison Andrea Feldkamp talks about the upcoming 4-H Consumer Judging Contest at the Kansas State Fair, registration for which is taking place now.Feldkamp-0718
7-18-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News-0718
7-15-16Weekly Grain Market Report:  Dan O'Brien comments on how the weather outlook has largely overshadowed the numbers from the USDA's latest grain supply-and-demand reports in the markets this week.
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7-15-162016 Wheat Variety Ratings Now Available!  K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf announces that the 2016 Kansas Wheat Variety Disease and Insect Ratings have just been compiled, and are ready for wheat growers to study.DeWolf-0715
7-15-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News-0715
7-15-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp-0715
7-14-16Post-Harvest Soil Quality:  K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley discusses management of wheat crop residue following harvest.Presley-0714
7-14-16Risk and Profit Preview:  K-State agricultural economics assistant Rich Llewlyn goes over the details of the 2016 Risk and Profit Conference at K-State, coming up in mid-August. LLewlyn-0714
7-14-16Moderating Climate in the Home Landscape:  Dennis Patton, talks about the stress brought upon landscape woody ornamental plants from the wide swings in temperature and moisture so far this summer, and what can be done about that.Patton-0714
7-14-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News-0714
7-13-16DNA Markers in Wheat:  K-State plant geneticist Jesse Poland and former K-State researcher Sarah Battenfield talk about a major advance in genetic selection for new wheat varieties.Battenfield_Poland-0713
7-13-16Agricultural Law:  Washburn University professor of agricultural law Roger McEowen talks about a potentially pivotal decision on a case over the agricultural exemption for workers' compensation in New Mexico, and a ruling on a dispute over a crop insurance claim that demonstrates the importance of thorough documentation.
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7-13-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL-0713
7-13-16Agricultural News: AgAAAgricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News-0713
7-12-16New Field Sprayer Options:  Precision agricultural engineer Ajay Sharda and cropping systems economist Terry Griffin of K-State talk about automated boom height controls on field sprayers.Sharda-0712
7-12-16Kansas Agriculture Spanning The Globe:  Suzanne Ryan-Numrich talks about several recent activities conducted by the KDA in promoting sales of agricultural goods from Kansas to international buyers.Ryan-0712
7-12-16Urban Coyotes:  Charlie Lee looks at concerns about coyote predation in urban areas, and why coyotes have become more comfortable in those settings.Lee-0712
7-12-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News-0712
7-11-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: Lee Schulz of Iowa State University talks about current positive packer margins and what that means for fed cattle prices ahead.
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7-11-16Late-Planted Soybean Expectations:  K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti talks about what to expect out of late-planted soybeans, either double-cropped after wheat harvest or replanted following a failed initial planting.Ciampitti-0711
7-11-16When Is Your County Fair?  K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw talks about the value of the county fair experience in 4-H youth development.Hinshaw-0711
7-11-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News-0711