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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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1-23-17Weekly Cattle Market Report:  Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University talks about the narrowing of beef packer margins, and whether that will stem the current tide of higher cattle prices.Schulz_0123
1-23-17Prescribed Burning Workshops: K-State pasture management specialist Walt Fick talks about the aspects of prescribed pasture burning that will be highlighted at K-State's series of prescribed burning workshops taking place around Kansas in the coming weeks...those will cover the recommended techniques of burning and the essentials of a burning plan.Fick_0123
1-23-17Upcoming 4-H Events: K-State 4-H events coordinator Sarah Keatley talks about participating in two of the keystone annual 4-H events coming up...the Citizenship in Action program and 4-H Discovery Days on the K-State campus.Keatley_0123
1-23-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News_0123
1-20-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien comments on potentially greater expansion of soybean acres, and reviews grain futures price trend probabilities.O'Brien 0120
1-20-17Larger Drones: NDSU's John Nowatzki talks about using larger unmanned aerial vehicles in collecting crop field data.Nowatzki 0120
1-20-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0120
1-20-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0120
1-19-17USDA Crop Payments: Art Barnaby talks about an interactive tool from K-State that allows growers to forecast payments in particular counties.  He also addresses the latest on the wheat price convergence issue. Barnaby 0119
 1-19-17CRP Update, Part 1: FSA's Rod Winkler gives options for landowners with playa lake features on their property, and reminds crop producers of the various deadlines ahead. Winkler1 0119
 1-19-17CRP Update, Part 2 Winkler2 0119
 1-19-17Pruning Ice-Damaged Trees: Ward Upham gives tips on proper procedures.
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1-18-17Coordinating Beef Calving Season With Grazing Resources: K.C. Olson discusses his research at K-State's 2017 Cow-Calf Conference last week in Manhattan.Olson 0118
1-18-17E-coli and Beef Processing: Randy Phebus provides a progress report on a multi-year national research project, identifying effective ways of eliminating the threat.
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1-18-17Stop, Look and Listen:  Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0118
1-18-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0118
1-17-17Evaluating Reproductive Soundness: K-State veterinarian Brad White talks about several principles of evaluating the reproductive soundness of beef replacement heifers going into their first breeding season.White_0117
1-17-17Kansas Cattle Drive Preview: Reno County Extension agricultural agent Darren Busick looks ahead to the 2017 Kansas Cattle Drive taking place in Buhler in February, co-sponsored by K-State Research and Extension. Busick_0117
1-17-17Benefits of Hunting, Trapping: Charlie Lee talks about talks about the economic importance of hunting and trapping as effective methods of wildlife damage control.Lee_0117
1-17-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News_0117
1-16-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Jim Robb of LMIC talks about the expected slowdown in meat production in 2017 which he believes will help improve profitability for cattle producers.Robb 0116
1-16-17Cold Stress in the Cow Herd: Justin Waggoner notes the critical temperatures for cows, and talks about winter feed rations that will provide cows energy to ward off cold stress.Waggoner 0116
1-16-174-H Health Programs: Andrea Feldkamp talks about the various health-related programs offered.
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1-16-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0116
1-13-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien goes over key market signals from yesterday's USDA grain supply-and-demand report, including the remarkable falloff in expected winter wheat acreage.O'Brien 0113
1-13-17Optimum Wheat Yield Potential: Romulo Lollato reports on how much actual wheat yields have fallen short of potential the last several decades.Lollato 0113
1-13-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0113
1-13-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0113
 1-12-17Xtend Soybean Production System: Dallas Peterson talks about the the use of two dicamba herbicide products for weed control, and the numerous label restrictions that growers need to be fully acquainted with.Peterson 0112
1-12-17Sustainable Livestock Production:  The U.N.'s Pierre Gerber was a guest speaker at the Sustainable Crop-Livestock Symposium, and he spoke to how well sustainability is being received around the world.Gerber 0112
 1-12-17Soybean Production Schools: Ignacio Ciampitti previews the upcoming K-State events planned for the latter part of January at three locations in Kansas.Ciampitti 0112
1-12-17Home Landscape Improvements: Dennis Patton offers thoughts on wintertime planning.
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1-11-17Hessian Fly Damage: Jeff Whitworth advises wheat growers to evaluate wheat stands mid-winter to determine whether or not to replant that acreage to another crop this spring.Whitworth 0111
1-11-17USDA Farm Loans Update: FSA's Adrian Polansky talks about the significant recent increase in loan activity in Kansas, and outlines a new Conservation Reserve Program opportunity now available in Kansas.Polansky 0111
1-11-17Grain Sorghum Production Schools: Ignacio Ciampitti previews the K-State events coming up soon at several sites around the state.Ciampitti 0111
1-11-17Stop, Look and Listen:  Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0111
1-10-17Online Tool For Pasture Rental Rates: Mykel Taylor and Robin Reid explain how cow-calf and stocker cattle producers and landowners can enter information specific to their herd production and grazing conditions to arrive at a rate that's fair and equitable.Taylor 1010
1-10-17SowBridge and PorkBridge: Joel DeRouchey tells about distance education opportunities for which registration is due next week. Bob Weaber previews of the upcoming series of K-State Winter Ranch Management Seminars for cow-calf producers.Derouchey 1010
1-10-17Jackrabbit Damage to Crop Fields: Charlie Lee talks about contending with the problem which is intensifying as the natural habitat for jackrabbits dwindles.Lee 1010
1-10-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 1010
1-9-17Weekly Cattle Market Report:  Derrell Peel of OSU talks about the upcoming USDA cattle inventory report and what it might say about the slowdown in the cattle herd expansion. Peel_0109
1-9-17Dystocia: Bob Weaber talks about herd genetics management to minimize the incidents of dystocia at calving time. Weaber_0109
1-9-174-H College Assistance: Aliah Mestrovich Seay talks about the new pilot program in SE Kansas under the 4-H Youth Futures/College Within Reach initiative. Seay_0109
1-9-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News_0109
1-6-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien comments on the modest improvement in grain prices and previews next week's USDA's monthly grain supply-and-demand report.O'Brien 0106
1-6-17Food Safety Modernization Act: Cassie Jones looks at the new safety requirements and how they might impact what farmers and ranchers pay for commercially-milled feed, and if these regulations apply to on-farm or feedlot feed milling.Jones 0106
1-6-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0106
1-6-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0106
1-5-17Soil Compaction: DeAnn Presley talks about accurately identifying and treating compaction problems in a crop field. Presley 0105
1-5-17Cow-Calf Herd Records: Sandy Johnson talks about keeping tabs on the cow inventory and overall management of the herd regularly and more accurately. Johnson 0105
1-5-17Vegetable Garden Planting Guide: Ward Upham promotes the new edition as helpful when shopping for garden seed from the catalogs this winter. Upham 0105
1-4-172017 Chemical Weed Control Guide: Curt Thompson announces the updated guide's availability to help producers select and employ herbicides. Thompson 0104
1-4-17Event Preview: Janel Koons talks about the agenda for February's 2017 Women Managing the Farm Conference in Manhattan. Koons 0104
1-4-17Stop, Look and Listen:  Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas. SLL 0104
1-4-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 0104
1-3-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Glynn Tonsor speaks to beef demand factors, international trade issues and the ongoing debate over price discovery in the cattle trades.Tonsor 0103
1-3-17Cow-Calf Cost Management: Dustin Pendell analyze the variables based on Kansas Farm Management Association data.Pendell 0103
1-3-174-H Leadership Opportunities: Beth Hinshaw previews an assortment of upcoming events for youth.
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1-3-17Bats Concerns: Charlie Lee talks about why bats occasionally emerge from their winter slumber, which causes concern for some homeowners.Lee 0103
12-23-16Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien comments on the wheat and grain sorghum export scenes, plus corn bids for ethanol production eclipsing local elevator prices for corn.O'Brien 1223
12-23-16Soybean Variety Tests: Bill Schapaugh goes over the highlights of K-State's performance tests as growers prepare to make selections for next year's crop.Schapaugh 1223
12-23-16Corn Production Schools Preview: Ignacio Ciampitti previews management schools that will take place in January at locations in eastern, central and western Kansas.Ciampitti 1223
12-23-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 1223
12-22-16College of Agriculture 2016 Review, Part One: Dean John Floros cites advances in funding, research and Extension, and student enrollment and placement.  He also talks about future expansion of K-State's research facilities.Floros1 1222
12-22-16College of Agriculture 2016 Review, Part Two
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12-22-16Planting a Live Christmas Tree: Gregg Eyestone talks about moving the tree to the home landscape once the holidays are over.Eyestone 1222
12-21-16Cover Crops Toxicity: Jaymelynn Farney talks how producers can manage their grazing programs to avert any such problems.Farney 1221
12-21-16Livestock Judging Evolution: Chris Mullinix, coach of K-State's livestock judging team, explains how changes provide enhanced learning experiences for young people, and reports on the successful 2015-2016 season.Mullinix 1221
12-21-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 1221
12-21-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1221
12-20-16

Agricultural Lenders Survey, Part One: Christine Wilson reviews the results, including interest rates, spread over cost of funds, farm loan volume, non-performing loans and land values, as well as the overall health of the agricultural economy.

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12-20-16Agricultural Lenders Survey, Part Two: Wilson2 1220
 12-20-16Bobwhite Quail Parasites: Charlie Lee looks at new research into habitat preservation and managment to control parasites.Lee 1220
 12-20-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 1220
12-19-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: ISU's Lee Schulz talks about market-friendly fundamentals that are helping cattle prices recover, and looks ahead to the USDA's December cattle-on-feed report. Schulz 1219
12-19-16VFD Q&A: Mike Apley says that regulators continue to make important interpretations, and notes that enforcement of the VFD will be gradual to allow everyone to acclimate to the new rules. Apley 1219
12-19-16Consumer Judging Contest: Andrea Feldkamp talks about the 2017 4-H Consumer Judging Contest.Feldkamp 1219
12-19-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1219
12-16-16Weekly Grain Market Report:  Dan O'Brien talks about rising interest rates, as well as dry weather conditions' effect on the grain markets.
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12-16-16Wheat Winterkill: Romulo Lollato advises growers to inspect their stands for signs of weak plant establishment.Lollato 1216
12-16-16Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 1216
12-16-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1216
12-15-16Farm Data Ownership: Terry Griffin and Shannon Ferrell address this topic ahead of January's Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference.Griffin 1215
12-15-16Calving Season: Gregg Hanzlicek talks about preparation, including the equipment and supplies that might be necessary for assisting with a difficult calving. Hanzlicek 1215
12-15-16Songbirds: Chuck Otte offers tips on attracting songbirds to the home landscape during the winter months.Otte 1215
12-15-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 1215
12-14-16Wildfire Protection: Jason Hartman advises farmers, ranchers and homeowners how to avoid wildfire damage during this high-risk period. Hartman 1214
 12-14-16USDA Program Payouts: FSA's Terry Hawk provides an update on ARC and PLC programs.
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 12-14-16K-State Crops Team: Jesse Bramhall, Sarah Zerger, Hayden Gutterman and coach Kevin Donnelly talk about the team's new national championship, which it has won or shared in 20 of the last 23 years.Donnelly 1214
 12-14-16Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas. SLL 1214
12-13-16Grain Sorghum Hybrids Update: Jane Lingenfelser goes over the top-performing hybrids, especially regarding tolerance of sugarcane aphid activity.Lingenfelser 1213
12-13-16Precision Ag Technology: Terry Griffin and graduate researchers review their recently-completed study of farmers' decisions as to adopting precision agriculture technology.Griffin 1213
12-13-16Conference Preview: Lucas Haag announces the mid-January 2017 Cover Your Acres Conference in northwest Kansas.Haag 1213
12-13-16Leprosy in Armadillos: Charlie Lee reports on a new study of the prevalence of Hansen's disease.
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12-12-16Weekly Cattle Market Report: Jessica Sampson of LMIC talks about feeder cattle imports from Canada declining while fed cattle imports have risen.Sampson 1212
12-12-16Livestock Disease Response Exercise: KDA's Sandy Johnson previews the 3-day program simulating foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.
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12-12-16Kansas 4-H Ambassador: Deryl Waldren has the details on the 2017 Ambassador Training program coming up in February.Waldren 1212
12-12-16Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 1212
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.
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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.
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 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.
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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