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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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5-19-17Grain Market Developments:  K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks about why the row crop markets are paying minimal attention to planting delays in the Central Plains and the Corn Belt, and he offers his updated price probability projection for soybeans, during his weekly segment on the grain market trendsO'Brien 0519
5-19-17Soybean Crop Inoculation:  K-State agronomists Chuck Rice and Edwin Akley talk about the research-proven importance of using an inoculant on soybeans at planting time to promote nitrogen fixation, and they tell how producers can determine if their inoculant treatments are working or not as the crop emergesRice and Akley 0519
5-19-17Ag Weather Update:  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weatherKnapp 0519
5-18-17Soybean Weed Control:  K-State agronomists Dallas Peterson and Marshall Hay talk about approaches to controlling pigweeds in soybeans planted either after wheat harvest or as a replacement crop for failed wheat...they cite new K-State research on what herbicides work for burn-down and residual control of glyphosate-resistant pigweeds in double-cropped beansPeterson and Hay 0518
5-18-17

USDA Reorganization Plan:  Agricultural policy specialist Brad Lubben of the University of Nebraska comments on the proposed reorganization of the USDA which is being presented to Congress this week...he discusses what the organizational changes would mean for the administration of USDA commodity and conservation programs, as well as for the advancement of U.S. agricultural trade

Lubben 0518
5-18-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and Greg Akagi presents this week's Kansas Soybean UpdateNews 0518
5-18-17Landscape Bug Update:  On this week's horticulture segment, K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd brings attention to three insect pests that homeowners should scout for now on elm trees, evergreens and euonymusCloyd 0518
5-17-17
Early Corn Diseases:  K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine talks about numerous corn plant health problems that have already turned up, or are likely to develop, because of wet field conditions over much of Kansas the last couple of weeks, including seedling blight and cold weather crown stress...he discusses how much these may have set the corn crop back in yield potential
Jardine 0517
5-17-17
Wheat Condition Update:  K-State agronomists Jeanne Falk-Jones and A.J. Foster report their latest observations on the wheat crop in western Kansas and how well, or not so well, it is recovering from the late spring snowstorm and freezing temperatures of two weeks ago...they say that the productive status of some fields is becoming clearer, while the jury is still out on other stands
Jones and Foster 0517
5-17-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines
News 0517
5-17-17
Stop, Look and Listen:  K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents his weekly commentary on rural Kansas 
SLL 0517
5-16-17
Wheat Insect Update:  K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth reports on several insects of concern currently in the Kansas winter wheat crop...including wheat head armyworms, which can inflict direct damage to the grain in the head if they reach a certain threshold...and chinch bugs, which don't threaten the wheat itself, but could move over to adjacent corn and grain sorghum fields and become a problem for those crops
Whitworth 0516
5-16-17
Farm Implement Collisions:  K-State farm safety specialist Kerri Ebert cites information from a new report out of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, which tracked the collisions between passenger vehicles and farm equipment on roadways in the Central Plains and the Corn Belt over five year's time...it indicates which are the most common types of collisions, and she remarks on what precautions should be taken to avoid these accidents when slow-moving farm equipment is in transit on rural roads
Ebert 0516
5-16-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk presents "Milk Lines"News 0516
5-16-17
Warding Snakes Away:   K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee addresses ways of keeping snakes from entering rural homes and outbuildings, which starts with properly identifying the snake before reacting 
Lee 0516
5-15-17
Beef Sales to China:  Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University is featured on this week's cattle market segment:  he talks about the news late last week that China will resume importation of U.S. beef this summer, and the ramifications of that development for the cattle market...he also talks about the first USDA report on pasture conditions in the country, as a signal of the likely grass cattle marketing pattern heading into the fall
Schulz 0515
5-15-17
Pork Production Advances:  K-State swine specialist Mike Tokach talks about the huge advances in pork productivity that have been achieved over the last 20 years, both in improved genetics and nutrition...he holds this up as example of how vitally important investment in research is, not only to the hog industry, but to production agriculture as a whole
Tokach 0515
5-15-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and K-State forester Ryan Armbrust presents this week's "Tree Tales"
News 0515
5-15-17
4-H Consumer Judging:  For this week's 4-H segment, K-State 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences program liaison Andrea Feldkamp talks about the opportunity for 4-Hers to take part in the consumer judging event set to take place at the Kansas State Fair in September
Feldkamp 0515
5-12-17
Grain Price Outlook:  K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks about his latest price probability projections for wheat and corn, based on this week's USDA grain supply-and-demand report, during his weekly commentary on the grain market trends and outlook
O'Brien 0512
5-12-17
Soybean Starter Fertilizer:  K-State crop nutrient specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz discusses the merits of applying a starter fertilizer to soybeans at planting time, with the emphasis on phosphorus needs of the new soybean stand early on...he talks about the field conditions where the starter application will likely pay off
Ruiz-Diaz 0512
5-12-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and Marsha Boswell presents this week's Kansas Wheat ScoopNews 0512
5-12-17
Kansas Ag Weather:  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on the week in Kansas agricultural weather
Knapp 0512
5-11-17
Early Corn Problems:  K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti talks about several weather factors that have hindered the early development of the corn crop in Kansas so far this spring, and what producers should think about before considering re-planting  a poor-doing stand
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5-11-17
Figuring Fertilizer Costs:  K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl shares a new analysis he has put together, comparing the full costs of the three main nitrogen fertilizer applications...and he tells about a new fertilizer decision tool he developed to help producers figure out their best economic options
Ibendahl 0511
5-11-17
Wheat Rust Diseases:  K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf offers the latest on rust diseases in the Kansas wheat crop, calling on growers to make their fungicide application decisions right away...plus this week's Kansas Soybean Update with Greg Akagi
DeWolf 0511
5-11-17
Pine Tree Ills:  On this week's horticulture segment, the director of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at K-State, Judy O'Mara, talks about how to distinguish between two needle blight conditions now afflicting pine trees around Kansas, which is important in knowing how to respond

O'Mara 0511

5-10-17
Wheat Streak Mosaic:  K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf goes over the circumstances that have led to the huge outbreak of wheat streak mosaic disease in the Kansas wheat crop this year...he talks about why there was such a proliferation of volunteer wheat following last year's harvest, which in large part prompted this year's problem, and he calls on producers to ramp up their management efforts against this disease
DeWolf 0510
5-10-17
DriftWatch Program:  From the Kansas Department of Agriculture's pesticide and fertilizer program, Ken Silver informs crop producers and commercial pesticide applicators about the DriftWatch service...an on-line registry that can be used to identify crop fields that are highly sensitive to pesticide drift, so that off-target damage to those crops can be averted
Silver 0510
5-10-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines
News 0510
5-10-17
Stop, Look and Listen:  K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents his weekly commentary on rural Kansas
SLL 0510
5-9-17
Wheat Insurance Options:  K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer discusses crop insurance options for wheat growers in western Kansas whose stands were adversely affected by the freezing temperatures and/or snowstorm that struck the High Plains in late April...he says that producers who incurred crop losses have some flexibility in how they claim the indemnity on that wheat, as well as how they insure any second crop they would plant on that acreage
Vandeveer 0509
5-9-17
Crop Plant Interaction:  A widely-acclaimed crop physiologist from the South Australian Research and Development Institute, Victor Sadras, talks about his work on how crop plants react to each other within a field, and how that information can be useful in crop improvement research...he is visiting the K-State campus as this year's presenter of the prestigious Elmer Heyne Lecture on Crop Science at the Department of Agronomy
Sadras 0509
5-9-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk presents this week's "Milk Lines"
News 0509
5-9-17
Grass Bird Nesting:  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study which compared cool-season grasses to warm-season grasses as nesting habitat for several grassland songbird species commonly found in Kansas
Lee 0509
5-8-17
Cattle Market Outlook:  The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, recaps another outstanding week for the cattle trade, and he looks at the historical significance of the sharp run-up in fed cattle prices over the last couple of weeks...he also offers his thoughts on whether the market is nearing its top
Robb 0508
5-8-17
Cattle Feedlot Survey:  K-State veterinarian Dan Thomson talks with Sarah Moyer about findings from a just-released survey which looked at trends in feeding and handling facilities at cattle feedlots in the region...he says that the information from this survey will hopefully lead to facility improvements in the cattle feeding sector
Thomson 0508
5-8-17
Cattle Feeders College: K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner previews K-State's 2017 Cattle Feeders College coming up later this month in Scott City:  this year's program will focus on cattle respiratory health management and working horse stewardship....also, K-State forester Bob Atchison presents this week's "Tree Tales"
Waggoner 0508
5-8-17
Kansas 4-H Campference: K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw previews the 4-H Campference event coming up in June, registration for which is filling up fast
Hinshaw 0508
5-5-17
Wheat Market Activity:  K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien reacts to the findings of this week's Kansas wheat tour and the volatility in the wheat market as the tour progressed, and he comments on a notable jump in corn exports during his weekly comments on the grain price trends
O'Brien 0505
5-5-17
Crop Irrigation Trends:  K-State irrigation engineer Danny Rogers shares highlights from his just-completed analysis of changes in crop irrigation practices in Kansas over the last 25 years, and what gains have been made in water use efficiency over that time
Rogers 0505
5-5-17
Wheat Tour Wrap:  The executive vice-president of the Wheat Quality Council, Dave Green, offers his thoughts on the Kansas wheat crop estimate resulting from the Hard Winter Wheat Tour sponsored by the council this week
Green 0505
5-5-17
Ag Weather Scene: K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather
Knapp 0505
5-4-17
Land Value Numbers:  K-State farm management economist Mykel Taylor returns to share the actual trends depicted in K-State's new 2016 County-level Values for Cropland and Pasture report...the numbers confirm that agricultural land values are declining, and she talks about what is at the root of that falloff
Taylor 0504
5-4-17
Wheat Tour Update:  K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato reports the findings from day two of the Hard Winter Wheat Tour throughout Kansas, which traveled through western and south-central Kansas yesterday
Lollato 0504
5-4-17
Animal Disease Training:  The project director of the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center at K-State, Ken Burton, tells of two upcoming training sessions for local emergency responders in Kansas on contending with a major animal disease outbreak...those will take place next week in Manhattan and Ottawa
Burton 0504
5-4-17
Asparagus and Rhubarb:  On this week's horticulture segment, K-State horticulturist Ward Upham has advice on harvesting and managing garden asparagus and rhubarb, and he talks about how the recent cold and wet weather may have impacted early-planted tomatoes and peppers 
Upham 0504
5-3-17
Wheat Tour Update:  K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato reports on the findings from the first day of the Hard Winter Wheat Tour that continues in Kansas today
Lollato 0503
5-3-17
Drought-Tolerant Corn:  K-State cropping systems agronomist Kraig Roozeboom looks at multiple years of K-State research into the performance of drought-tolerant corn hybrids, and in which growing environments those hold the advantage over conventional hybrids...field trials evaluating d-t corn have been conducted by K-State from one end of Kansas to the other, and in general, these hybrids have shown merit across a variety of growing conditions
Roozeboom 0503
5-3-17
Kansas FFA State Contests:  A recap of the results from the 2017 Kansas FFA Career Development Events which concluded yesterday on the K-State campus
FFA CDE Results 0503
5-3-17Stop, Look and Listen: K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents his weekly commentary on rural KansasSLL 0503
5-2-17
Wheat Price Convergence, Part 1:  K-State agricultural economists Beth Yeager, Art Barnaby and Dan O'Brien discuss what they've discovered about the ongoing issue of wide basis in the wheat market: the lack of convergence of cash and futures wheat prices, which has complicated producers' ability to advance-price their wheat...they recently met with futures market officials to talk about remedies for the problem, and are about to release a K-State report covering the issue
Yeager, Barnaby, O'Brien (part 1) 0502
5-2-17
Wheat Price Convergence, Part 2:  Featuring K-State's Beth Yeager, Art Barnaby and Dan O'Brien
Yeager, Barnaby, O'Brien (part 2) 0502
5-2-17
Wheat Crop Condition:  K-State agronomist Jeanne Falk Jones reports on the condition of winter wheat that she inspected yesterday in northwest Kansas following the weekend's damaging snowstorm, in advance of the arrival of the Kansas Wheat Tour in that region later today
Falk Jones 0502
5-2-17
Hog-nosed Snake Conservation:   K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the nature of the hog-nosed snake, which is harmless to humans but in need of conservation
Lee 0502
5-1-17
Cattle Market Update:  Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University offers this week's comments on the cattle markets, coming off a quite bullish week for cattle prices....he talks about how long he thinks the current strength in fed and feeder cattle prices can endure, and he offers his latest take on the pace of cattle herd expansion
Peel 0501
5-1-17
Controlling Cattle Flies:  K-State beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff talks about mapping out a plan for controlling flies and ticks on cattle going out to summer grass...he recommends that producers vary their control approaches through the grazing season, understanding the duration of control product effectiveness
Tarpoff 0501
5-1-17
Agricultural News: Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and K-State forester Ryan Armbrust presents this week's "Tree Tales"
News 0501
5-1-17
Diverse Youth Programs:  For this week's 4-H segment, K-State 4-H new youth audiences specialist Aliah Mestrovich Seay announces the debut of a new Kansas 4-H web page that features extensive information on targeting diverse youth groups with local 4-H programs and initiatives 
Seay 0501
4-28-17
Grain Market Update:  K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on the support being given to corn prices from the healthy ethanol market and from above-expectation corn exports, and he talks about the market's likely take on potential freeze damage to Kansas winter wheat
O'Brien 0428
4-28-17
Wheat Freeze Damage:  K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lolloto outlines those areas of Kansas wheat country that are most likely to have sustained crop damage from the freezing temperatures a couple of nights ago...and he talks about the signs of such damage that growers should be looking for over the next couple of weeks
Lollato 0428
4-28-17
Wheat Loan Rates:  K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby reports that major changes to USDA county wheat loan rates have now been implemented, which could significantly alter the "safety net" for farmers on the 2017 wheat crop...also, Marsha Boswell presents this week's Kansas Wheat Scoop
Barnaby 0428
4-28-17
Kansas Agricultural Weather:   K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather
Knapp 0428
4-27-17
Pasture Stocking Rates:  K-State pasture management specialist Walt Fick talks about stocking rates for cattle that will soon be turned out on summer pasture...he says that while this year's grass production is starting off on good footing, producers should still monitor growing conditions as the grazing season rolls along
Fick 0427
4-27-17
Wheat Fungicide Selection:  K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf addresses several current questions from producers on winter wheat fungicide treatments...particularly, what to think about when selecting a fungicide to address the disease pressure that is presently showing up in numerous Kansas wheat fields
DeWolf 0427
4-27-17
Pine Tree Insects:  For this week's horticulture segment, K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd talks about a couple of insect problems that are currently turning up on certain landscape pine trees: pine needle scale and the larval form of pine saw flies
Cloyd 0427
4-26-17
Consumers and Animal Health:  K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor talks about consumer perceptions of meat animal health management, which was the theme of a webinar he presented earlier this week...he references a new study of the livestock production practices and product traits that consumers prioritize when they make meat purchase decisions, saying that the production sector must be willing to adjust to the signals consumers are sending
Tonsor 0426
4-26-17Cow Mineral Supplementation:  K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney talks about mineral supplementation management for beef cow herds as they are turned out on summer grass soon...she asks producers to re-evaluate the mineral program they've traditionally been using to make sure that program is meeting the nutrition and health needs of their herdsFarney 0426
4-26-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlinesNews 0426
4-26-17
Stop, Look and Listen: K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents his weekly commentary on rural Kansas
SLL 0426
4-25-17
Farm Machinery Decisions:  K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendahl offers considerations on making farm or ranch machinery purchases, given the tighter budgets that many producers are contending with right now...he says that producers should be looking more closely at alternatives to outright machinery ownership
Ibendahl 0425
4-25-17Retiring Ag Leader:   The assistant to the dean of agriculture at K-State, Steven Graham, looks back at several of the College of Agriculture achievements that he had a hand in during his 22 years in that post...he will be retiring from K-State this springGraham 0425
4-25-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, plus K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk presents "Milk Lines"News 0425
4-25-17Crappie Fishing Tips:  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about why crappie fishing is so popular with anglers, and he offers some guidelines on finding the "hot spots" for reeling in crappieLee 0425
4-24-17Cattle Market Comments:  K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor reviews the latest USDA cattle-on-feed report released last Friday, and offers his thoughts on the staying power of the current surge in beef demandTonsor 0424
4-24-17Beef Bull Power:  K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson covers what recent research says about the number of beef bulls required to adequately "clean up" the cow herd following the use of A-I...she also looks at the approach of using estrous synchronization as part of a natural service programJohnson 0424
4-24-17Cattle Field Day:  K-State beef cattle researcher Lyle Lomas previews the 2017 K-State Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day set for next week in southeast Kansas...plus, this week's edition of Tree Tales with K-State forester Charlie BardenLomas 0424
4-24-174-H Camp Season:  K-State 4-H specialist for southwest Kansas Amy Sollock talks about the youth development attributes of summer 4-H camps, with enrollment for those taking place nowSollock 0424
4-21-17Wheat Crop Economics:  K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien draws from his presentation on the wheat market outlook to a major agricultural industry conference yesterday, in which he talked about the latest breakeven levels for wheat production in Kansas...that's the focus of his grain market comments this weekO'Brien 0421
4-21-17Wheat Condition Update:  K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato recaps his on-site observations of wheat conditions as he traveled extensively through Kansas wheat country this week...among other things, he recommends that producers analyze the need for fungicide treatments on the crop in several areas of the state, with stripe rust disease in particular stepping up its activity nowLollato 0421
4-21-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and Marsha Boswell presents this week's Kansas Wheat ScoopNews 0421
4-21-17Kansas Agricultural Weather:  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on the Kansas agricultural weather outlookKnapp 0421
4-20-17The 2017 Alumni Fellow for K-State's College of Agriculture:  a 2004 graduate in entomology, Nandi Nagaraj, talks about his involvement in several crop genetics advances during his successful career with a major agricultural research firm, saying that there's much more to be achieved in crop improvementNagaraj 0420
4-20-17
The 2017 Alumni Fellow for K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine:  a 1972 graduate, Jerry Jaax, tells of the path that led him to become one of the nation's foremost authorities in animal agriculture biosecurity, first in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, and later as a research official at K-State, where he was instrumental in the creation of the Biosecurity Research Institute
Jaax 0420
4-20-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and Greg Akagi presents this week's Kansas Soybean Update
News 0420
4-20-17
Roundup for Lawns:   K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle clears up the confusion over the new lineup of lawn herbicide products being billed as "Roundup for Lawns"...he stresses the importance of knowing exactly what one is applying to their lawn before doing so
Hoyle 0420
4-19-17
Land Value Seminar:  K-State farm management economist Mykel Taylor discusses the current trends in farm and ranch land values in Kansas, as recently updated by K-State ...those will be the topic of a special webinar taking place next week for anyone who would like to take part and ask questions about the land market outlook
Taylor 0419
4-19-17
Ethiopian Wheat Millers:  A staff member with IGP Institute at K-State, Shawn Thiele, tells about a group of wheat milling executives from Ethiopia who are in Manhattan taking part in an IGP short course on U.S. wheat quality and grading, with the aim of encouraging these millers to purchase and utilize more U.S. wheat...their participation in this course is being sponsored by a special USDA support program

Thiele 0419

4-19-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines
News 0419
4-19-17
Stop, Look and Listen: K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents his weekly commentary on rural Kansas
SLL 0419
4-18-17
USDA Wheat Payments:  K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby informs wheat producers that the new K-State projections on 2016 wheat payments in Kansas under the USDA's ARC-county program are now available, and can be called up on a county-level basis with an easy-to-use map tool available on the agmanager.info web site
Barnaby 0417
4-18-17
Cutworms In Wheat:  K-State crop entomologist J.P. Michaud talks about army cutworm activity in Kansas wheat and alfalfa stands this spring...though the feeding of this insect on those stands appears heavy at times, he tells us that the pest has just about run its course, which should be taken into consideration before spraying a field for the cutworm
Michaud 0417
4-18-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's top agricultural news headlines, plus K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk presents this week's "Milk Lines"
News 0417
4-18-17
Raccoon Parasite:  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the potential human health concerns that raccoon roundworms present, in locations which both people and raccoons frequent
Lee 0417
4-17-17
Cattle Market Commentary:  Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's analysis of the cattle markets:  he takes a close look at the state of fed cattle price basis, and how producers can leverage current basis levels to their marketing advantage...and he comments on the prospect of resumed beef export business with China and what that could mean for cattle prices
Schulz 0417
4-17-17
Cattle Internal Parasites:  From the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at K-State, veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek talks about putting together a strategic control program for internal parasites, for cattle to be turned out on summer pasture soon...he advises producers to consult their veterinarians in selecting the proper deworming products for their herds' needs
Hanzlicek 0417
4-17-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and K-State forester Bob Atchison presents this week's "Tree Tales"
News 0417
4-17-17
4-H Day Camps:  K-State 4-H specialist Deryl Waldren looks ahead to the series of northwest Kansas 4-H day camps coming up this summer
Waldren 0417
4-14-17
Grain Market Analysis:  K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on the large corn and soybean stocks numbers depicted in this week's USDA grain supply and demand report, and how those are impacting the corn-to-soybean price ratio...and he remarks on the sluggish wheat market during his weekly segment on the grain price trends
 O'Brien 0414
4-14-17
World Agriculture Sustainability:  A guest speaker hosted by K-State's Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine this week:  an official with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Henning Steinfeld, talks about sustainable food and agriculture production around the world, making the case for a "systems integration" approach
Steinfeld 0414 
4-14-17
Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, plus this week's Kansas Wheat Scoop with Marsha Boswell
News 0414 
4-14-17
Ag Weather Update:   K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather
Knapp 0414 
4-13-17 
Corn Planting Window:  K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti talks about current field conditions around Kansas, and the implications for corn planting:  he's advising producers to be patient with planting, instead of seeding into overly-wet soils
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4-13-17 Wheat Disease Update:  K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf provides the latest update on diseases infiltrating the Kansas wheat crop:  he now confirms that stripe rust disease is accelerating rapidly in several stands, and that leaf rust, powdery mildew and tan spot are all asserting themselves as wellDeWolf 0413 
4-13-17 
Ornamental Shrub Care: For this week's horticulture segment,  Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton looks at springtime fertility management and weed control for ornamental shrub plantings
Patton 0413 
4-12-17 
Agricultural  Water Availability (part 1): A guest of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment at K-State:  award-winning film producer Conrad Weaver talks about water availability issues in the western United States, including Kansas, which are featured in his new documentary film "Thirsty Land"

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4-12-17
Agricultural Water Availability (part 2): Conrad Weaver
Weaver (2) 0412 
4-12-17 
Beef Research Roundup:  K-State beef cattle scientist John Jaeger previews the 103rd Beef Research Roundup set to take place at K-State's Agricultural Research Center at Hays on Thursday, April 20th

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4-12-17Stop, Look and Listen:  K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas   SLL 0412 
4-11-17Sorghum Pre-Planting Weed Control: Curt Thompson says that both a burndown and a soil-applied herbicide treatment are necessary to knock out the tougher broadleaf and grassy weeds.Thompson 0411
4-11-17Crop Irrigation Considerations: Jonathan Aguilar discusses various means of irrigation scheduling and how to determine which method is best for one's crop-watering needs.Aguilar 0411
4-11-17Chuck-Will's-Widow: Charlie Lee talks about this bird which is commonly heard at night.
Lee 0411
4-11-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0411
 4-10-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: Livestock Marketing Information Center's Jim Robb looks at the new U.S. beef export data from the USDA, which shows a remarkable jump in beef export tonnage over a year ago. Robb 0410
 4-10-17Smoke Management: K-State air quality scientist Zifei Liu notes progress in smoke management from prescribed pasture burning that is leading to lesser impacts on air quality downwind. Liu 0410
 4-10-17New 4-H Leader: A conversation with the newly-named state leader for Kansas 4-H, Wade Weber, about his aspirations for 4-H in the state.
Weber 0410
4-10-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 0410
4-7-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien compares the latest breakeven costs for corn, grain sorghum and soybeans as the planting season commences, and talks about the market support from recent U.S. grain export business.O'Brien 0407
4-7-17Kansas Custom Rates Survey: Leah Tsoodle of the Agricultural Land Use Survey Center at K-State, discusses the going rates for custom-hiring numerous agricultural operations as of 2016.Tsoodle 0407
4-7-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0407
4-7-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0407
4-6-17Soil Water Sensor Systems: Jonathan Aguilar discusses technology considerations for crop irrigators.Aguilar 0406
4-6-17IGP Institute Update: Jay O'Neil and Jason Watt talk about two recent courses for domestic and international grain millers: grain purchasing and flour milling.IGP 0406
4-6-17Cool-Season Lawn Fertilization: Jared Hoyle talks about feeding and weed-control programs for greening lawns.
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4-6-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0406
4-5-17Wildfires Update: Larry Biles reflects the recent disaster, and on new action by the state legislature to allow firefighting resources from adjoining states to immediately assist.
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4-5-17Smoke Management: Jason Hartman talks about coordinating resources responding to the wildfires, and stresses smoke management during prescribed pasture burning by using the on-line smoke management tool at www.ksfire.org.Hartman 0405
4-5-17Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0405
4-5-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0405
4-4-17Wheat Conditions Update: Romulo Lollato comments on the effect of recent rains, and about a nutrient deficiency issue turning up in numerous wheat stands.
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4-4-17Wheat Disease Update: Erick DeWolf reports that growers need to watch for signs of leaf rust, wheat streak mosaic and root rot problems.
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4-4-17American Paddlefish: Charlie Lee talks about the the fish and how to catch it in Kansas rivers and streams.
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4-4-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0404
 4-3-17Weekly Cattle Market Report: OSU's Derrell Peel recaps last week's price trends, remarks on advance-pricing feedgrains, and talks about the obstacles to doing more beef export business with China. Peel 0403
 4-3-17Increase in Open Females: Cow-Calf Production specialist Bob Weaber comments on the possible reasons producers had higher-than-normal numbers of open females last fall and what can be done ahead of this spring breeding season to avoid a repeat. Weaber 0403
 4-3-17Introducing Underserved Youth to College: Aliah Mestrovich Seay talks about new program in southwest Kansas that just received a major grant from the National 4-H Council. Seay 0403
4-3-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories. News 0403
3-31-17Weekly Grain Market Report: Dan O'Brien previews today's USDA prospective plantings and grain stocks reports to be released later today, and he talks about the impact of this week's rains in the central plains on the wheat market.O'Brien 0331
3-31-17Open House Preview: Baily Peterson a rundown of tomorrow's College of Agriculture activities, and Sarah Moyer does the same for the College of Veterinary Medicine.Open House 0331
3-31-17Agricultural Weather:  Mary Knapp reports on the state's weather scene.Knapp 0331
3-31-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0331
3-30-17Conservation Reserve Program Study: Nathan Hendricks looks at its influence on land use over the past decade, as well as whether it should continue in the next farm bill.  Hendricks 0330
3-30-17Pre-Emergence Herbicide For Soybeans: Doug Shoup considers options, with the objective of knocking down weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate treatments.Shoup 0330
3-30-17Early Spring Landscape Insects: Raymond Cloyd talks about several pests, including tent caterpillars infesting hardwood trees.Cloyd 0330
3-30-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0330
3-29-17Crop Disease Management: Doug Jardine emphasizes the importance of seed selection for disease resistance, the value of seed fungicide treatments, and why crop rotation remains a mainstay of disease control.
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3-29-17Sudden Death Syndrome in Soybeans: Eric Adee looks at the relationship of soil fertility, variety selection, and seed treatments in fighting SDS.
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3-29-17Stop, Look and Listen: Gus van der Hoeven gives his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.SLL 0329
3-29-17Agricultural News:  Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news stories.News 0329
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
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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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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
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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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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
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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