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2013 World Food Prize Winner Robert Fraley to Kick Off K-State’s Global Food Systems Lecture Series

Robert Fraley, the executive vice president and chief technology officer for Monsanto, has been chosen to be the first speaker in Kansas State University’s Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture series.

12/19/2014 8:00:00 AM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien remarks on this week's international market news, specifically the proposed normalization of trade relations with Cuba, the decision by China to allow imports of a specific GMO corn hybrid, and the decision by Russia to halt shipments of wheat for export, and what all of this means to our grain markets heading into the new year.

12/18/2014 6:00:00 PM


The recent announcement that the U.S. intends to normalize trade relations with Cuba is very welcome news for Kansas wheat growers and the wheat industry at large.  Marsha Boswell takes a closer look on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

12/18/2014 6:00:00 PM

IGP Year in Review Play Audio

The associate director of the IGP Institute at K-State, Mark Fowler, recaps that program's achievements in 2014, in promoting U.S. grain sales abroad through educational programs for foreign buyers.  He says it was another record-setting year for participation in those programs.

12/18/2014 6:00:00 PM

Upcoming Row Crop Production Schools Play Audio

K-State cropping systems specialist Ignacio Ciampitti previews the extensive series of K-State row crop production schools for producers coming up in early 2015, at 10 locations around Kansas...he covers the specific topics that will be highlighted at these free-of-charge schools for corn, soybean and grain sorghum producers.

12/17/2014 6:00:00 PM

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.
12/17/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile – Now That’s Rural – Mike Frisbie – Frisbie Construction

Culbertson, Nebraska. A state-of-the-art grain handling facility is being installed, with the capacity to unload 105 railroad cars at a time. The innovative construction company which is installing this new grain handling facility is found in rural Kansas.
12/17/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State 2014 Soybean Variety Performance Test Highlights Play Audio

K-State soybean breeder Bill Schapaugh shares the highlights from K-State's 2014 Soybean Variety Performance Test, with the performance numbers now in from several locations around Kansas:  he talks specifically about two variety evaluations featured in the test, for resistance against soybean cyst nematode and sudden death syndrome.

12/15/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State Sorghum Production Schools Scheduled for February

A series of four K-State Sorghum Production Schools will be offered in mid-February 2015 to provide in-depth training for sorghum producers. The schools are sponsored by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission.
12/15/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator App Available

Imagine that a simple photo of your wheat, with just a few bits of additional information, can accurately predict future yield. A new app, called the Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator App, is allowing this to happen with ease from smart devices.

12/15/2014 8:00:00 AM

Controlling Mustard Weed Play Audio

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson talks about controlling various mustard weed species in winter wheat, saying that producers should get on top of those mustard problems before the weeds bolt in the spring...he covers those winter herbicide applications that have enough residual activity to get the job done.

12/14/2014 6:00:00 PM

Gregg Hadley, Planning a Farm Succession

First of a three-part series on farm succession, K-State Ag Economist Gregg Hadley explains the importance of having a good plan that favors all parties before starting a farm succession. See video
12/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

Nutrient Balance and Integrated Management Are Keys to Optimal Corn Yields

It takes more than high nitrogen uptake for corn to realize its maximum yield potential. Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus uptake needs to be in the proper ratio.
12/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on the market response to the USDA's latest grain stocks reports, and how the new numbers weigh into the "battle for acres" between the corn and soybean markets, during his weekly grain market analysis.

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


It’s consistently one of the most reliable customers for U.S.-grown wheat…and that business shows no signs of letting up.  Marsha Boswell provides an update on wheat sales to Japan in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.  

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM

Hay and Forage Market Outlook Play Audio

The keynote speaker at the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Winter Conference yesterday in Manhattan:  the director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, shares his outlook on the hay and forage market for 2015:  how lower feedgrain prices are affecting hay prices, how much the California drought has impacted alfalfa prices, and how he sees Kansas hay prices shaping up in the new year.

12/9/2014 6:00:00 PM

Deadlines Approaching for Farm Succession Conference Registration

We’ve heard of “century farms” – those that are recognized as continuously owned by a single family for 100 years or more. But the road to keeping a farm or ranch in one family through decades is not always a smooth one.
12/9/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State Corn Production Management Schools Scheduled for January

Two K-State Corn Production Management Schools will be offered in early January 2015 in northeast and central Kansas. Each school will provide in-depth training targeted for corn producers. Primary sponsors of the schools include the Kansas Corn Commission and DuPont Pioneer.
12/8/2014 8:00:00 AM

Water Use by Cover Crops Play Audio

K-State agronomists Kraig Roozeboom and Gretchen Sassenrath talk about new K-State research on water use by cover crops, and specifically various cover crop mixtures...the results speak favorably for inclusion of these mixtures in certain cropping systems.

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM


Thanks to a new modeling process developed at Kansas State University, advances in wheat genetics will likely be accelerated significantly, to the benefit of Kansas wheat producers and end-users.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on this week's market activity, noting an unusual development in price basis for grain sorghum, as compared to corn, at several delivery points around Kansas...he also looks ahead to the USDA's grain supply-and-demand report coming out next week.

12/4/2014 6:00:00 PM

Free Tools For Field Assessments Play Audio

K-State agronomist Gretchen Sassenrath talks about the opportunity for crop producers to use publicly-available satellite imagery and field terrain maps to identify under-productive and erosion-prone spots in the field...she's been employing those free tools in field assessments in southeast Kansas, and believes they can be very helpful to producers statewide.

12/4/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State Crops Team Claims Sixth Straight National Championship

The Kansas State University Crops Team recently captured the title of national champion for the sixth year in a row. K-State teams have now won the collegiate crops contest championship in 13 of the past 16 years. To win the 2014 national title, the team won both the Kansas City American Royal Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 18 and the Chicago Collegiate Crops Contest on Nov. 22.

12/4/2014 8:00:00 AM

Innovative K-State Scientist Elected To Commission Chair of International Soil Science Organization

Kansas State University’s Department of Agronomy continues to strengthen its ties to the international scientific community. Ganga Hettiarachchi, associate professor, was recently elected as chair of Commission 4.2 Soils, Food Security, and Human Health of the International Union of Soil Sciences. Her term as chair will extend until 2018.
12/4/2014 8:00:00 AM

2014 Grain Sorghum Performance Test Results Play Audio

K-State agronomist Jane Lingenfelser reports on the standout grain sorghum hybrids in K-State's 2014 Grain Sorghum Performance Test.  The statewide results now available to growers to review, as they settle on their grain sorghum hybrid selections for next year's production.

12/3/2014 6:00:00 PM

World Soil Day: Celebrate the Many Benefits of Soil Dec. 5

World Soil Day Dec. 5, 2014 Video

In a lab at Kansas State University, soil microbiologist Chuck Rice pours red-colored water from a flask through a funnel filled with soil. After several seconds, the water drips from the funnel into a beaker, but this time the water runs clear. The demonstration shows how soil can improve water quality, but that’s only one of the many benefits of this often-overlooked, finite natural resource.

12/3/2014 8:00:00 AM

Reducing Phosphorus Runoff Play Audio

K-State nutrient management agronomist Nathan Nelson talks about ongoing research on phosphorus runoff into surface water resources, and improving best management practices for crop ground to lessen that problem.  He tells of a new phosphorus runoff prediction model being tested in Kansas and surrounding states that could aid in this effort.

12/2/2014 6:00:00 PM

Applying Chloride to Winter Wheat Play Audio

K-State soil fertility specialist Dave Mengel talks about the attributes of applying chloride to winter wheat and the ensuing impact on eventual yields...he thinks that this is an aspect of wheat nutrient management that should draw more attention from growers in several parts of the state.

12/1/2014 6:00:00 PM


Viral plant diseases have long been the bane of wheat producers in the Great Plains region.  A major new scientific advance out of Kansas State University, funded by wheat producers, holds great promise in the battle against those costly viruses.  Marsha Boswell has more in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM

Economic Returns of Soil Testing Play Audio

K-State crop nutrient specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz further encourages crop producers to soil test their fields as guidance for their nutrient management programs, this time emphasizing the economic returns to soil testing, based on a K-State analysis...it says that abandoning soil testing as a cost-cutting measure isn't such a good idea.

11/24/2014 6:00:00 PM