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Evaluating Cattle Feeding Sites Vital to Producers

For Kansas’ cattle producers, building new feeding facilities can mean shelling out serious cash. However, Ron Graber, Kansas State University watershed extension specialist, said it’s an investment that pays for itself for years to come.

10/24/2014 8:00:00 AM

The Weekly Grain Market Analysis Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien discusses another week of improvement in grain prices, and how the current trend might influence a producer's post-harvest store-vs.-sell decision, as part of his weekly commentary on the grain trades.

10/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


The second largest U.S. hard red winter market in the world is not overseas, but just across this country’s southern border.  Marsha Boswell talks about the importance for that market to Kansas wheat producers, on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

10/23/2014 7:00:00 PM

The Fifty-Percent Rule Play Audio

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby comments on the USDA's announcement earlier this week concerning the "50 percent" rule applying to crop insurance actual production history reporting by crop producers... he has run an analysis of what that likely would mean to producers in the central plains.

10/22/2014 7:00:00 PM

Keeping Food Safe: Prevention Better Than Response

Each year in the United States, about 42,000 cases of salmonella infection are reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because many cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections is estimated to be close to 1 million.
10/22/2014 8:00:00 AM

Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events

K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
10/22/2014 8:00:00 AM

Michelle Buchanan Play Audio

A visit with agronomy agent Michelle Buchanan of the newly-created Midway Extension District in central Kansas.

10/21/2014 7:00:00 PM

Kim Larson Play Audio

Kate Hagans begins her series of visits this week with county and district Extension agricultural agents who are in Manhattan for the 2014 K-State Research and Extension annual conference.  Today, she visits with agronomy agent Kim Larson of the River Valley Extension District in north-central Kansas.

10/21/2014 7:00:00 PM

Cattle Grazing Programs and Climate Change Play Audio

The director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment at K-State, Dan Devlin, provides an update on a multi-year project, funded by the USDA, which is looking at multiple aspects of Great Plains cattle grazing programs in relationship to climate change...this project is expected to provide the first comprehensive scientific view of that relationship.

10/20/2014 7:00:00 PM

The Grain Sorghum Outlook Play Audio

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti returns to look at the chances of Kansas grain sorghum stands maturing before a widespread hard freeze hits the state...he draws from extensive K-State research on grain sorghum physiology as a guide.

10/16/2014 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien remarks on the grain markets' subdued response to the USDA's crop production and grain stocks reports from last Friday, and talks about whether, in fact, the harvest low may already be in the trades, as topics during his weekly grain market segment.

10/16/2014 7:00:00 PM


Dr. Norman Borlaug’s semi-dwarf wheat spurred the Green Revolution and saved more than a billion lives from starvation. The 2014 World Food Prize, which Borlaug created, is being awarded to a wheat researcher for the first time…and it happens to be Borlaug’s successor.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.                                        

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM

Supplementing Roughage for the Season Play Audio

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner offers several thoughts on supplementation strategies for the beef cow herd on lower-quality roughages, such as late-season native pastures or crop stover, including knowing when to supplement based on the protein content of that roughage.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM

Harvesting and Storing the Last Garden Vegetables Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about harvesting and storing those very last garden vegetables of the season.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM

USDA Specialty Crop Development Grants Play Audio

Staff economist with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Josh Roe, announces that several applicants in Kansas have now received USDA Specialty Crop Development Grants...he outlines what those grants will be supporting, and how others can apply for such funding in the future.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM

Answering the Call: Kansas State University to Host 15 Farm Bill Meetings

Farmers are faced with some of the most important decisions of their working lives under the 2014 Farm Bill. To help them make informed decisions, K-State Research and Extension is teaming with several sponsors to bring 15 educational meetings to Kansans in January and February.
10/15/2014 8:00:00 AM

Agricultural News... Play Audio

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

10/14/2014 7:00:00 PM

Water Policy Lessons From Australia... Play Audio

A guest speaker on the K-State campus this week:  the general manager of water resource planning for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in Australia, Tony McLeod, talks about the attempt in that agriculturally-prominent basin to re-allocate and extend surface and ground water supplies, and the challenges that resemble those of Kansas, as this state embarks on similar policy efforts.

10/14/2014 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural Law Update... Play Audio

Agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen of Iowa State University discusses the new circuit court ruling on whether non-farmers must pay self-employment tax on Conservation Reserve Program payments...he talks about what this ruling means to Kansas C-R-P contract holders who aren't actively engaged in farming.

10/14/2014 7:00:00 PM

A Trifecta of Water-Planning Tools

As fall progresses into winter and harvest comes to a close, crop producers might want to consider planning their future crop rotations, crop mixes and irrigation use. The increasing demand for water in the future gives producers an even greater obligation to efficiently use the resource while optimizing yields.

10/14/2014 8:00:00 AM

The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio

K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.

10/13/2014 7:00:00 PM

Soybean and Grain Sorghum Issues... Play Audio

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti follows up with an explanation of why some soybean fields are still exhibiting green stems, even though the leaves have dropped and the pods are mature...he advises growers on when to go ahead and harvest such fields...he also talks abut the "purpling" syndrome in grain sorghum, and what's been causing that.

10/13/2014 7:00:00 PM

Soybean Disease Problems... Play Audio

K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine concludes his recap of disease issues in Kansas row crops this year with his summary of soybean disease problems:  he talks about how the wet early summer set the table for what he calls the most active soybean disease season he's ever seen in Kansas.

10/13/2014 7:00:00 PM

Unpacking The Latest USDA Crop Production Report... Play Audio

State statistician Jason Lamprecht of Kansas Agricultural Statistics covers the Kansas numbers from last Friday's USDA crop production report.

10/12/2014 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Look at Grain Market Trends Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien allows his thoughts on the USDA crop production and grain stocks reports to be released later this morning, and comments on weakening wheat basis at Kansas elevators, as topics for his weekly grain market analysis.


10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM

Status of Winter Wheat Crop in Kansas Play Audio

K-State crop production specialist emeritus Jim Shroyer returns with observations on how well the new Kansas winter wheat crop is getting out of the starting gate, and he talks about several reasons why stand emergence might be slow, and whether the grower should act on that.

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


What would it take for celiacs to be able to have their wheat — and eat it too?  That is exactly what a K-State researcher hopes to achieve in a research project funded by Kansas wheat farmers through the Kansas Wheat Commission.  Marsha Boswell has more.

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM

Pasture management workshop for small acreage owners

Cool season pastures and hay fields make up the biggest chunk of agricultural land use in Johnson and surrounding counties. Now is a good time to learn about resources to help land owners manage their lands, for commercial production or agricultural exemption.

10/9/2014 8:00:00 AM

Testing Row Crop Soil Play Audio

K-State crop nutrient specialist Dave Mengel encourages row crop producers to soil test their fields right after harvest, which will provide a basis for planning next year's crop nutrient management...he also talks about possible changes in K-State's crop nutrient recommendations that may be forthcoming.

10/8/2014 7:00:00 PM

Activities at IGP Institute Play Audio

The associate director of the IGP Institute at K-State, Mark Fowler, reports on the institute's latest activities in promoting U.S. grain sales abroad...IGP recently hosted a feed milling team from Japan for a short course on soymeal utilization for swine feeding, and will conduct two courses this month on food and feed product safety for domestic millers.

10/8/2014 7:00:00 PM