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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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12-9-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien looks at the current wheat-to-corn price ratio and whether it might spur on more feeding of wheat to livestock this winter.O'Brien 1209
12-9-16Farm Analyst Tools Workshops: Robin Reid and Greg McClure preview workshop to help farm families assess the financial state of their operations.Reid 1209
12-9-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 1209
12-9-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1209
12-8-16Winter Cow Herd Nutrition: Dale Blasi discusses the use of corn and grain sorghum residue, choosing and presenting supplementation, and making available the proper mineral package. Blasi 1208
12-8-16Feed the Future: USAID's Brady Deaton talks about the role that land-grant universities serve in addressing food needs in various areas of the world. Deaton 1208
12-8-16Seeding Bare Spots: Ward Upham offers tips for cool-season lawns. Upham 1208
12-8-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 1208
12-7-16Anhydrous Ammonia: Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz talks about managing applications to fields to be planted to corn next spring, stressing that soil temperature is the key variable at this time of year.Ruiz-Diaz 1207
12-7-16End-of-Year Tax Management: Gregg Ibendahl says that taking steps to improve one's year-end income level may be the more advantageous way to go this time around.Ibendahl 1207
12-7-16Rangeland and Gridiron: Clenton Owensby reflects on his 50-year stint as official scorer of K-State football.
Owensby 1207
12-7-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 1207
 12-6-16Land Lease Law and Fence Law, Part 1: Forrest Buhler of KAMS talks about ways to improve a verbal farmland lease, the legal means of terminating either a verbal or written lease, what constitutes a legal fence for restraining livestock, and the degree of protection Kansas law provides the producer when livestock escape fenced areas.Buhler1 1206
 12-6-16Land Lease Law and Fence Law, Part 2: Buhler2 1206
 12-6-16Lesser Prairie Chicken Status Update: Charlie Lee discusses the latest in the on-going disagreement as to the endangered species status of the species.
Lee 1206
 12-6-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1206
12-5-16Weekly Stock Market Report: Derrell Peel of OSU talks about concern over the rise in slaughter and carcass weights, and he sizes up the demand for calves for wheat pasture, which may not be over.Peel 1205
12-5-16VFD FAQs: A.J. Tarpoff addresses veterinary feed directive regulations questions, and reemphasizes a working relationship with one's veterinarian.Tarpoff 1205
12-5-16Working With Diverse Youth Groups: Aliah Mestrovich Seay talks about the Cultural Adaptation Navigator Professional Development Seminars for 4-H volunteers, adult leaders and Extension agents.Seay 1205
12-5-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1205
12-2-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien goes over the USDA's latest crop acreage and price projections for 2017, and talks about challenges in U.S. grain export sales as the dollar strengthens. O'Brien 1202
 12-2-16Water Conservation Policy Update: Danny Rogers talks about intensive groundwater use control areas, water conservation areas,  local enhanced management areas and multi-year flex accounts. Rogers 1202
 12-2-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene. Knapp 1202
 12-2-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 1202
12-1-16Temple Grandin Comments: Excerpts from her Landon Lecture this week, from her struggles with autism to her rise to one of the world's leading experts on livestock behavior and facility design. Grandin 1201
12-1-16
Light Birth-Weight Pigs: Duane Davis shares research on pre-natal factors that lead to that issue, and management approaches that may help those lighter pigs be more competitive in their longer-term growth.
 Davis 1201
12-1-16Dormant Oils for Trees:  Raymond Cloyd talks about applying dormant oils to landscape and fruit trees now as a protectant against insect activity in the next growing season. Cloyd 1201
12-1-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1201
11-30-16New VFD Website and Phone App: Bob Larson talks about new technology to help veterinarians and livestock producers with the new antibiotics regulations.
Larson 1130
11-30-16Navigating a Struggling Farm Economy: Allen Featherstone and Mykel Taylor preview their upcoming workshops, and they offer financial and management tips to producers.Featherstone 1130
11-30-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 1130
11-30-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1130
11-29-16Warm Weather and Wheat: Romulo Lollato talks the effect on winter hardiness and the impact for late-emerging wheat stands.
Lollato 1129
11-29-16From Military Service to Agriculture: Gary LaGrange, Gregg Hadley and Susan Metzger discuss connecting trained veterans with farmers and ranchers who need capable employees.LaGrange 1129
11-29-16Deer Maternal Genetics: Charlie Lee reports on a study into whether or not doe genetic traits influence the antler size of her offspring bucks.Lee 1129
11-29-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1129
11-28-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: Glynn Tonsor recaps his recent visit to Brazil's beef production sector, comparing it to the U.S. beef industry's competitiveness.
Tonsor 1128
11-28-16Corn As Substitute for Winter Forage: Chris Reinhardt talks about this option for producers who have only low-quality forage available, as well as ways to manage corn supplementation.Reinhardt 1128
11-28-16Northeast 4-H Leadership Event: 4-H member Marissa Randel previews the mid-January program in Riley County.Randel 1128
11-23-16Future of Trade Agreements, Part 1: Vincent Amanor-Boadu discusses ag implications for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement, which will likely be affected by the change in presidential administration.Amanor-Boadu1 1123
11-23-16Future of Trade Agreements, Part 2Amanor-Boadu2 1123
11-23-16Conference Preview: Terry Griffin and Lucas Haag promote January's 2017 Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, with a focus on management of precision technology data.Griffin 1123
11-23-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 1123
11-22-16Selecting Bull Genetics, Part 1: Bob Weaber goes over three questions he advises cow-calf producers to ask themselves, and he talks about tools for identifying sires: genomic-enhanced EPD values and the economic-based bull selection index now offered by many breeds.Weaber1 1122
11-22-16Selecting Bull Genetics, Part 2Weaber2 1122
11-22-16Urban Coyote Activity: Charlie Lee reports on a study of how coyote behavior varies in urban areas and rural habitat.Lee 1122
11-22-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1122
11-21-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: Lee Schulz of ISU comments on the rising percentage of negotiated cattle sales in the market so far this year.
 Schulz 1121
11-21-16Antibiotics Alternatives: From Swine Day last week, Jim Nelssen talks about important K-State research into alternatives to using antibiotics in hog feed, as new regulations will now prohibit feeding antibiotics as a growth promotant. Nelssen 1121
11-21-16Dog Judges Training: Deryl Waldren urges adults to take part to support this ever-growing 4-H project.Waldren 1121
11-21-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1121
11-18-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien discusses the rising value of the dollar and its impact on U.S. grain exports, and he comments on when to market stored wheat.O'Brien 1118
11-18-16National Community Foundation Week, Part 1: Svetlana Hutfles, Bekki Pribil and Karissa Stiers talk about how ag producers can support local foundations for the betterment of their communities.Hutfles1 1118
11-18-16National Community Foundation Week, Part 2Hutfles2 1118
11-18-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 1118
11-17-16Farm Analyst Program: Duane Hund talks about the services available to producers, including in-home analyses of operations' economic state and the viable management alternatives for farms or ranches.Hund 1117
11-17-16Mustard Weeds: Dallas Peterson offers herbicide tips for controlling the weeds in winter wheat.Peterson 1117
11-17-16Home Garden Soil Testing: Ward Upham advises home gardeners to check the p-H during this off-season, amending it as needed.Upham 1117
11-17-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1117
11-16-16Corn Hybrid Performances: Jane Lingenfelser goes over statewide test results.Lingenfelser 1116
11-16-16Preserving the Ogallala Aquifer: Bill Golden discusses ideas from the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, including economic realities of the water and his upcoming economic research on the subject. Golden 1116
11-16-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 1116
11-16-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1116
11-15-16Canola Expansion: Mike Stamm notes concerns about excessive growth of the plant during this mild fall, and whether that will jeopardize the yield potential of canola stands.Stamm 1115
11-15-16Kansas Ag in the Classroom Update: Cathy Musick talks about upcoming in-service training for teachers, and about a new way for supporters to provide needed funding.Musick 1115
11-15-16Mange in Coyotes: Charlie Lee examines the disease problem and if there is a need to manage it.
Lee 1115
11-15-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1115
11-14-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: LMIC's Jim Robb projects beef supplies and previews this week's USDA Cattle-on-Feed Report.Robb 1114
11-14-16Burning and Sericea Lespedeza: K.C. Olson reports on third year results from his research, including burn best practices for sericea control. Olson 1114
11-14-16
4-H and Leadership: Amy Sollock talks about the various ways the organization promotes leadership skills in youth.
Sollock 1114
11-14-16
Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.
News 1114
 11-11-16
Veterans Day: Conversations with four K-State Research and Extension professionals who served their country in the military prior to their Extension careers, sharing stories about their military experiences....Twin Creeks Extension District agricultural agent Keith Van Skike, K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth, Southeast Kansas Extension watershed specialist Herschel George, and K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby.

Van Skike

Whitworth

George

Barnaby

11-10-11November Crop and Grain Reports: Dan O'Brien discusses market response to USDA numbers which indicate more U.S. corn and soybeans than previously expected. O'Brien 1110
11-10-16Election Impact on Agriculture: UNL's Brad Lubben weighs in on agricultural trade and federal regulations affecting farming and ranching, as well as the timetable and direction of the next farm bill. Lubben 1110
11-10-16Boxelder Bugs and Asian Lady Beetles: Raymond Cloyd advises homeowners on keeping them out of the home, and revisits the ongoing oak leaf itch mite problem.Cloyd 1110
11-10-16Agricultural News:Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 1110
11-9-16Antibiotics Panel Discussion Excerpts, Part 1: Antibiotic issues in modern beef production, with perspectives from Dennis Hecker of Wendy's, Lora Wright of Tyson, John Butler of BMG, and Mike Apley of K-State.Panel1 1109
11-9-16Antibiotics Panel Discussion Excerpts, Part 2 Panel2 1109
11-9-16Veterinary Feed Directive Website: Mike Tokach announces a new K-State site with  constantly updated information.Tokash 1109
11-9-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 1109
11-8-16Herbicide-tolerant Row Crop Seeds: Curt Thompson talks about choices that might be available in 2017.Thompson  1108
11-8-16IGP Institute Update: Jay O'Neil reports on IGP educational activities for potential foreign buyers of U.S. grains, with a look at a recent visit from grain sorghum purchasers from China.O'Neil 1108
11-8-16Deer Population Control: Charlie Lee looks at a new study of non-lethal options.Lee 1108
11-8-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1108
11-7-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: Derrell Peel of OSU coments on an unusual calf price relationship in the feeder cattle market.Peel 1107
11-7-16Tracking Cow Body Conditions: Sandy Johnson talks about a couple of helpful tools from K-State that can assist.Johnson 1107
11-7-16Swine Day: Jim Nelssen previews the 2016 K-State Swine Day this Thursday, November 17th.
Nelssen 1107
11-7-16College and Career Readiness: Aliah Mestrovich Seay talks about new 4-H youth initiatives underway.
Seay 1107
11-4-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien talks about the current corn-to-soybean price ratio, and the impliications for row-crop producers here and abroad about the planting season ahead.O'Brien 1104
11-4-16Wheat Scab Resistance Gene: Bikram Gill talks about a major discovery at K-State's Wheat Genetics Resource Center which will allow wheat breeders to develop effective resistance to this disease.Gill 1104
11-4-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 1104
11-4-16Agricultural News:Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1104
11-3-16Sugarcane Aphid Legacy: J. P. Michaud talks about insect problems in grain sorghum this year caused by the expansion of sugarcane aphid activity.Michaud 1103
11-3-16ARC and PLC Program Estimates: Art Barnaby looks at the numbers and talks about a new K-State video series which explains in more detail how the non-convergence of cash and futures wheat prices is impacting producers' crop insurance coverage. Barnaby 1103
11-3-16Controlling Late Fall Weeds: Jared Hoyle has advice on dandelions and other broadleaf perennial weeds that might benefit from a fall herbicide treatment.Hoyle 1103
11-3-16Agricultural News:Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 1103
11-2-16Wichita and WRAPS: Ron Graber discusses a new agreement to pay producers to implement best management practices on their farm ground to reduce sediment runoff into the Arkansas River Watershed.Graber 1102
11-2-16USDA Commodity Program Loan Options: FSA's Rod Winkler talks about the marketing assistance loan and the loan deficiency payment, and offers tips on each.
Winkler 1102
11-2-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 1102
11-2-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1102
11-1-16Seeding Rate, Planting Depth and Starter Fertilizer: Romulo Lollato talks about adjustments that growers need to make when planting winter wheat this late in the fall. Lollato 1101
11-1-16Career Retrospective: Steve Harbstreit reflects on his 46-year career as a teacher and as an educator of hundreds of agricultural education teachers. Harbstreit 1101
11-1-16Free-Roaming Cats: Charlie Lee looks at a new study of their impact on wildlife.Lee 1101
11-1-16Agricultural News:Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1101
10-31-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: Glynn Tonsor recaps the rally in the cattle markets last week.Tonsor 1031
10-31-16Sunflower Supreme Heifer Program: Jaymelynn Farney reports on the program's  successes in replacement heifer development and previews the program's upcoming annual heifer sale.
Farney 1031
10-31-164-H Impact Survey: Barbara Stone shares the results on the value of the 4-H experience in youth development.Stone 1031
10-31-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1031
10-28-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien looks at local basis trends for harvested grain at Kansas delivery points, and talks about possible new marketing opportunities for soybean growers.
O'Brien 1028
10-28-16Southwind Extension District Update: Chris Petty talks about several outreach efforts for livestock producers in Bourbon, Neosho and Allen counties.Petty 1028
10-28-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 1028
10-28-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1028
10-27-16Crop Production in Sedgwick County: Zach Simon talks about helping grain sorghum growers in his county contend with the sugarcane aphid problem. Simon 1027
10-27-16
Riparian Tree Plantings: Thad Rhodes addresses stabilizing river and creek stream banks, including several planting approaches that he's been testing in the Tuttle Creek Reservoir basin in north-central Kansas.
 Rhodes 1027
10-27-16
Asian Lady Beetles: Jeff Whitworth advises rural dwellers about these biting pests migrating from crop fields to homes and farmsteads this fall.
 Whitworth 1027
10-27-16
Landscape Trees for Fall Color: Ward Upham talks about the factors that determine the length of the fall color season in Kansas.
Upham 1027
10-26-16
Crop Production Update: Keith van Skike of the Twin Creeks Extension District talks about trends he's seen in Norton, Decatur and Sheridan counties this past year.
van Skike 1026
10-26-16Anderson Creek Wildfire Recovery: Tim Marshall of Barber County tells how producers are recovering from the devastating fire in south-central Kansas last spring.Marshall 1026
10-26-16New Soybean Nematode Treatment: Harold Trick talks about a new K-State patent for genetically shutting off nematodes and eventually incorporated into soybean varieties. Trick 2026
10-26-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 1026
10-25-16Alternative Forages For The Dairy Herd:  Barry Bradford and Ben Saylor report on their study of alternative forages that require much less water than conventional corn silage.Bradford 1025
10-25-16Detecting Heat in Dairy Cows:  Jeff Stevenson talks about the challenge of detecting heat on concrete flooring, and how new technology is addressing that problem by specially-designed herd activity monitors.Stevenson 1025
10-25-16Wildlife Relocation: Charlie Lee talks about the less-humane side of relocating nuisance wildlife away from the home or farmstead.Lee 1025
10-25-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1025
10-24-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: ISU's Lee Schulz looks at Friday's USDA report and cites the latest cold storage report for meat supplies, showing a record volume of beef. Schulz 1024
10-24-16Biosecurity for Cattle Operations: From information presented at the 3-I show, A.J. Tarpoff talks about protecting herds from disease problems. Tarpoff 1024
10-24-16National FFA Convention Report: Kansas FFA state vice-president Clara Wicoff files a report from Indianapolis, Wicoff 1024
10-24-164-H Judging and Youth Development: Pam van Horn talks about the relationship.
 Van Horn 1024
10-21-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien comments on whether the lows have already been established in the markets and passes along his latest detailed wheat market outlook.O'Brien 1021
10-21-16Controlling Weeds in Winter Wheat: Dallas Peterson reminds producers why fall herbicide treatments are generally recommended over spring treatments for control of cheat, downy brome and Japanese brome.Peterson 1021
10-21-16National FFA Convention Report: Clara Wicoff files a report from Indianapolis, and Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.Wicoff 1021
10-21-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 1021
10-20-16Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program: Sarah Sexton-Bowser talks about the producer-backed initiative to advance the production capabilities and marketing possibilities of grain sorghum in the High Plains.Sexton-Bowser 1020
10-20-16Charcoal Rot Suppression: Gretchen Sassenrath talks about using a cover crop to suppress a major disease in soybeans. Sassenrath 1020
10-20-16National FFA Convention Report: Clara Wicoff files a report from Indianapolis, and Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories. Wicoff-News 1020
10-20-16Protecting New Trees from Winter Sunscald: Riley County Extension's Gregg Eyestone advises homeowners. Eyestone 1020
10-19-16Producers and Packers Direct Marketing Agreements: Ted Schroeder discusses them in light of the latest rules proposed by the USDA's Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration.Schroeder 1019
10-19-16Dryland and Irrigated Crop Budgets: Greg Ibendahl reports that producers can use these budgets to project their own expected returns next year.Ibendahl 1019
10-19-16 Social Media Boot Camp Preview: Cheryl Boyer of the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement says it will train agribusiness professionals to make full use of social media in their marketing efforts.Boyer 1019
10-19-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 1019
10-18-16Precision Crop Production: Gretchen Sassenrath shares research on combining cash and cover crops based on electrical conductivity in the field.Sassenrath 1018
10-18-16Fungal Genetics Stock Center: Kevin McCluskey explains how the center provides crop disease genetic material for researchers to study. McCluskey 1018
10-18-16Wind Turbines and Wildlife: Charlie Lee looks at the latest research, especially the impact on birds and bats. Lee 1018
10-18-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories. News 1018
10-17-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: LMIC's Jim Robb points to improving beef exports as the saving grace in an otherwise depressed cattle market. Robb 1017
10-17-16Nitrate Poisoning of Cattle: Gregg Hanzlicek cautions cow herd managers to have their baled forages tested for nitrate before feeding them.  He also offers tips on managing "hot" forage. Hanzlicek 1017
10-17-164-H Hall of Famer:  A visit with long-time K-State 4-H agent and specialist Ann Domsch who was inducted into the organization's national hall of fame last week.
 Domsch 1017
10-17-16Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news stories.News 1017