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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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3-28-17Corn Starter Fertilizer: Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz addresses the principles of applying a starter fertilizer to corn.Ruiz-Diaz 0328
3-28-17Tracking Growing Degree Days: Chip Redmond of the state climate office talks about a newly-upgraded on-line tool on K-State's Mesonet web site.Redmond 0328
3-28-17Urban Birds: Charlie Lee discusses the diversity of bird species in urban areas.Lee 0328
3-28-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0328
 3-27-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Glynn Tonsor looks at domestic beef demand and comments on the Brazilian beef scandal and opportunities for U.S. exports.Tonsor 0327
 3-27-17Horn Fly Control: Dale Blasi compares the use of conventional insecticidal ear tags to using an injectable parasite product with potential residual effects on horn flies.Blasi 0327
 3-27-174-H Sewing Camp: Andrea Feldkamp has details on this spring's event. Feldkamp 0327
 3-27-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0327
3-24-17Weekly Grain Market Report:  Dan O'Brien remarks on the recent positive surge in corn exports, and offers his latest price probability projection for wheat.O'Brien 0324
3-24-17Alfalfa Weevils and Wheat Mites:  Jeff Whitworth advises growers to scout their stands  right away for early development of pests.Whitworth 0324
3-24-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0324
3-23-17Spring Herbicide and Winter Wheat: Dallas Peterson talks about situations where such applications will and won't likely be effective, or may not be cost-effective.Peterson 0323
3-23-17Farm Transition Case Study: Terry Griffin and Britney Rosberg discuss considerations in leaving off-farm employment to co-manage the family farm full-time.Rosberg 0323
3-23-17Asparagus and Rhubarb: Riley County Extension horticultural agent Gregg Eyestone talks about planting and raising these two popular vegetable garden perennials.Eyestone 0323
3-23-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0323
3-22-17Optimizing Corn Seeding Rates: Ignacio Ciampitti advises producers to start with on-the-ear and kernel counts from last growing season.Ciampitti 0322
3-22-17Pre-Emergence Weed Control for Corn: Curt Thompson addresses the importance of a soil-applied herbicide treatment before glyphosate-resistant weeds assert themselves in the early corn stand.Thompson 0322
3-22-17Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0322
3-21-17Wildfire Emergency Assistance Update: Rod Winkler of the FSA provides an update on USDA recovery cost-share opportunities under the Emergency Conservation Program and emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres.Winkler 0321
3-21-17Growth Strategy Project: Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey talks about this effort to grow the state's number-one industry.McClaskey 0321
3-21-17Genetically-managed Pen-Raised Deer: Charlie Lee reports on a new study about developing more "trophy" deer in the wild.Lee 0321
3-21-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0321
3-20-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Lee Schulz of ISU looks at a new USDA analysis of how the markets tend to respond to USDA cattle-on-feed reports, and previews the March report due this Friday.Schulz 0320
3-20-17Maximizing Calf Crop Market Value: A.J. Tarpoff talks about preconditioning beef calves for profit, highlighting nutrition and health management strategies.Tarpoff 0320
3-20-17International 4-H Exchange: Deryl Waldren talks about the multiple opportunities for Kansas families to host 4-H exchange youth.Waldren 0320
3-20-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0320
3-17-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien goes over his latest calculations on the corn price outlook, considering the effects of dry weather.O'Brien 0317
3-17-17Cropland Rental Rates: Mykel Taylor discusses the latest K-State projections, noting that  affordable rental rates for growers are considerably lower than they were last year.Taylor 0317
3-17-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0317
3-17-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0317
3-16-17Optimal Crop Fieldwork Days: Terry Griffin and Michelle Mensing talk about how farmers can determine the extent of field equipment they need to cover their crop acres in a timely manner.Mensing 0316
3-16-17Fixed-Time AI: K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson compares results of artificial insemination in beef cow breeding to split-time AI. Johnson 0316
3-16-17
Planting and Growing Onions: Ward Upham talks about what growers need to be aware of as they strive for the largest harvested onions possible.
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3-16-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0316
3-15-17USDA Programs to Help Livestock Producers, Part 1: FSA's Blaine Rutherford details two programs that assist producers with losses from last week's wildfires:  the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Emergency Livestock Assistance Program.Rutherford1 0315
3-15-17USDA Programs to Help Livestock Producers, Part 2Rutherford2 0315
3-15-172018 Farm Bill and a New U.S. Secretary of Agriculture: Barry Flinchbaugh shares his outlook on what these changes mean for farm policy. 
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3-15-17Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0315
3-14-17Post-Fire Cattle Health: A. J. Tarpoff looks at covering the nutritional needs of orphaned calves and dealing with longer-term health problems incurred by cows and bulls which survived last week's wildfires.Tarpoff 0314
3-14-17Wheat Disease: Erick DeWolf talks about the early indications of disease in Kansas wheat, and he considers the option of split-applying fungicide to wheat.DeWolf 0314
3-14-17Hispid Cotton Rat: Charlie Lee reports on a new study on cotton rat control and its effects on predators that feed on cotton rats and upland game birds.Lee 0314
3-14-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0314
3-13-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Livestock Marketing Information Center's Jim Robb looks at recent beef export numbers and what they could mean for the future.Robb 0313
3-13-17Managing Rangeland Following Wildfire: Walt Fick talks about likely regrowth on burned acres and stocking rate adjustments that producers should consider for long-term recovery of those grasslands. Fick 0313
3-13-17
Shutterbug Events: Evelyn Neier has details on three upcoming Kansas 4-H Shutterbug events for youth in the photography project.
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3-13-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 0313
3-10-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien takes another look at the latest corn-to-soybean price ratio as an indicator of spring planting intentions.O'Brien 0310
3-10-17Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers: Mark and Deb Tipton of Republic County.
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3-10-17Livestock Loss: Ken Powell of KDHE discusses the state regulations regarding the disposal of livestock lost to this week's destructive wildfires, plus the day's ag news.
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3-10-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0310
3-9-17Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers:  Merle and Jean Kaiser of Miami County.
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3-9-17Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers: Jim and Eilene Minnex of Scott County.
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3-9-17Cattle Nutrition After Wildfire: Justin Waggoner emphasizes the immediate need for adequate water for cattle and looks at the option of putting the cow herd on wheat pasture as a short-term nutritional resource.Waggoner 0309
3-9-17Oak Leaf Itch Mites: Raymond Cloyd reports these mites are already back, and he proposes an idea for suppressing those biting bugs.
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 3-8-17Wheat Crop Conditions Update: Romulo Lollato advises producers to evaluate yield potential now, and to use the "first hollow stem" stage as a signal to pull cattle off wheat pasture, if that wheat is to be harvested for grain. Lollato 0308
 3-8-17Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers: In the spotlight today, Monte and Donneta Felbush of Dickinson County. Felbush 0308
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Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.
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3-8-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.
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3-7-17
Silage in Cattle Operations: Keith Bolson discusses reducing the costs of silage utilization and prioritizing safety when moving and handling silage from storage facilities.
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3-7-17
Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers: Today we profile Jim and Terri DeGeer of Neosho County.
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3-7-17Pheasant Predation: Charlie Lee reports on a study of the impact of predators on pheasant population.Lee 0307
3-7-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.
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3-6-17
Weekly Cattle Market Report: OSU's Derrell Peel advises those purchasing calves for summer stocking programs to study the expected value of gain, and he talks about lack of convergence between cash fed cattle prices and live cattle futures prices.
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3-6-17
Kansas Master Farmers/Master Farm Homemakers: Today we learn the story of Gary and Ruth Ann Barker of Pratt County.
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3-6-17
Livestock Activities in 4-H: Pam van Horn looks at the livestock project variety and youth development value through 4-H.
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3-6-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.
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3-3-17
Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien compares his updated corn market outlook to the forecast from the USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum, and note developments in the biofuels arena as supportive of corn prices.
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3-3-17Cotton Production Study: Lucas Haag reviews findings of cotton production under irrigation in Kansas, and emphasizes when irrigation is critical to cotton production.Haag 0303
3-3-17
Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.
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3-3-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.
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3-2-17
Weed Control Costs: Mykel Taylor promotes timely herbicide application.
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3-2-17
Legacy Sale: Bob Weaber previews tomorrow's Cattlemen's Day auction.
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3-2-17
Lawn Weed Control: Jared Hoyle talks about early-spring application of pre-emergence herbicide.
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3-2-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 0302
3-1-17Grain Sorghum Hybrids: J. P. Michaud talks about resistance to the sugarcane aphid and why it has a chance to remain intact over a long period of time.
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3-1-17Alumnus Award:  Dalton Henry, a 2010 graduate of the College of Agriculture, talks about how his K-State experience guided him into a highly-successful early career in agricultural program and trade policy.Henry 0301
3-1-17Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0301
3-1-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0301
2-28-17Strategic Use of Beef Genetics Tools: Megan Rolf talks about reducing costs and generatimg revenues in today's cow-calf operation, ahead of her remarks at this Friday's Cattlemen's Day at K-State.Rolf 0228
2-28-17Raising Cotton in Kansas: Stu Duncan discusses a projected increase this spring, and offers several agronomic principles to consider when including cotton in a typical Kansas crop rotation.Duncan 0228
2-28-17Attracting Bluebirds: Charlie Lee talks about proper placement of bluebird nest boxes.Lee 0228
2-28-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0228
2-27-17Weekly Cattle Market Report:  Glynn Tonsor recaps Friday's USDA monthly cattle-on-feed numbers, and talks about his latest Kansas cattle feedlot returns analysis and the economics of finishing cattle.Tonsor 0227
2-27-17Cow-Calf Profitability: Sandy Johnson goes over several principles of beef reproduction management, which she'll be addressing at Cattlemen's Day this Friday.Johnson 0227
2-27-174-H Expansion Grants: Ford County Extension 4-H agent Lexi Kiniston talks about using grant funds to extend the 4-H experience to ethnic and other underrepresented youth groups within the county.Kiniston 0227
2-27-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0227
2-24-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien comments on the numbers released yesterday on-crop acreage, export projections and crop price forecasts at the annual USDA Outlook Forum.O'Brien 0224
2-24-17Xtend Labeling: Dallas Peterson has the latest on the soybean production system which allows soybean growers to address their glyphosate-resistant weed problems.Peterson 0224
2-24-172018 Farm Bill Hearing:  Senator Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow offer their comments, presented on the K-State campus yesterday.
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2-24-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0224
2-23-17National Wildfire Awareness Week: Ross Hauck of KFS, comments on the wildfire danger currently present in Kansas, and what Kansans can do to prevent them.
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2-23-17Cow-Calf Operation Budgets: Robin Reid visits about staying on top of production expenses in generating greater income from the herd.Reid 0223
2-23-17Disease Prevention for Home Fruit and Vegetable Gardeners: Megan Kennelly offers several tips. 
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2-23-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0223
2-22-17Beef Demand Index: Glynn Tonsor reports on index information that most accurately portrays consumer demand for beef.Tonsor 0222
2-22-17External Parasites in the Cattle Herd: Justin Talley of OSU offers recommendations for addressing horn and stable flies and ear ticks.Talley 0222
2-22-17Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0222
2-22-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0222
2-21-17Crop Fertilizer Price Trends: Gregg Ibendahl discusses his new study of those costs in overal production expenses. He has developed forecast for anhydrous ammonia prices for the 2017 crop production season and how they might affect the decision to plant corn or soybeans.
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2-21-17Canola Crop Update: Mike Stamm talks about canola coming out of dormancy early and whether or not to apply topdress fertilizer and pesticides to the crop now, before the canola starts to bolt.Stamm 0221
2-21-17 Ferruginous Hawk Nesting: Charlie Lee talks about improving the nesting habitat in the shortgrass prairie region, based on a recent study conducted by OSU.Lee 0221
2-21-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0221
2-20-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Lee Schulz of ISU looks at the latest USDA cattle inventory report indicating the beef breeding herd is getting younger, and he looks at the impacts of dairy calves being fed out for beef on the overall fed cattle market.Schulz 0220
2-20-17Purebred Beef Unit: Ken Odde describes how this new facility will be a boon to beef cattle research at K-State.Odde 0220
2-20-17National FFA Week: Kansas FFA state president Elizabeth Meyer talks about the activities taking place around the state.Meyer 0220
2-20-17Horse Volunteer of the Year: Pam van Horn is joined by honoree Kathy Huser of Ellis County.van Horn 0220
2-17-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien weighs in on the weather outlook and its potential effects on row crops and wheat.  He also addresses the higher value of  Brazilian currency and how that might help U.S. soybean exports.O'Brien 0217
2-17-17Insects and Warm Weather: Jeff Whitworth talks about how the weather conditions will likely affect insect activity in alfalfa and winter wheat.
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2-17-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0217
2-16-17Communicating Biosecurity Threats (Part 1): Visiting Fulbright scholar Ruth Wallace of Australia talks about what she has learned working with ag producers in her home country.
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2-16-17Communicating Biosecurity Threats (Part 2)Wallace2 0216
2-16-17Best Tomatoes for Kansas:  Ward Upham gives varietal recommendations based on a recent field trial sponsored by K-State. 
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2-16-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0216
2-15-17Wheat and Warm February: Romulo Lollato discusses the soil temperature threshold that will prompt wheat plants to start coming out of dormancy early, and points out how producers can monitor real-time soil temperature trends in their locales. Lollato 0215
2-15-17K-State Animal Sciences Youth Leadership Academy Preview: Lexie Hayes has details on this spring's event, and talks about two other youth livestock events that K-State is sponsoring this spring.
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2-15-17Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas. SLL 0215
2-15-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 0215
2-14-17Cover Crop Study (Part 1):  K-State agronomists Kraig Roozeboom and Peter Tomlinson, along agronomy graduate researcher Giovani Preza Fontes, discuss the findings of a multi-year K-State study on the performance of various legume and non-legume cover crops in a wheat-grain sorghum-soybean crop rotation.CoverCrops1_0214
2-14-17Cover Crop Study (Part 2): Roozeboom, Tomlinson, and Fontes continue the discussion of their cover crop study.
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2-14-17"Coydogs": K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks this week about the crossbreeding in the wild of coyotes and dogs, resulting in "coydogs"...and if those hybrids present any wildlife damage issues.Lee_0214
2-14-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News_0214
2-13-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Derrell Peel of OSU looks at the USDA's new summary of 2016 U.S. beef trade, as well as  the proposed renegotiation and impacts of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Peel 0213
2-13-17Women Managing the Farm Conference Presentation: Virginia Tech agricultural economist David Kohl talks about economic trends that will impact farm and ranch families in 2017.Kohl 0213
2-13-17Prescribed Burning: K.C. Olson previews a special meeting next week in Greenwood County about prescribed burns on native grasslands during the latter part of the growing season.Olson 0213
2-13-17SpaceTech: Deryl Waldren looks ahead to a 4-H SpaceTech Experience coming up in late March in Hutchinson, introducing youth to unmanned aerial systems.Waldren 0213