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In-Depth Fruit & Vegetable Production Workshops Planned in Kansas City Area



A series of workshops designed for anyone growing fruits and vegetables for sale or for the serious home gardener will be held in several locations in the Kansas City area, starting March 16.
3/3/2015 8:00:00 AM


Unmanned Drones: Ready To Fly? Play Audio



The manager of K-State's unmanned aircraft systems program at the university's Salina campus, Mark Blanks, tells what the new statewide flying allowance granted that program by the Federal Aviation Administration means for expanding the use of UAS in K-State agricultural research, and advancing the broader use of these systems in general in the future.

3/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

3/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


Center for Food Integrity... Play Audio



The chief executive officer of the Center for Food Integrity, Charlie Arnot, talks about that's center's ongoing outreach to consumers, answering questions about food and fiber production in a positive manner on behalf of production agriculture....he was the featured speaker as part of the university's Upson Lecture Series organized by the Food for Thought student group.

3/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


E. coli Vaccine Effective But Seldom Used in Feedlot Cattle



When it comes to foodborne illnesses, few rival E. coli for the damaging effect it can have on humans.


3/2/2015 8:00:00 AM


Last Call! Register for Cattleman’s Day at K-State... Play Audio



K-State beef cattle specialist Bob Weaber offers a final reminder about the 2015 Cattlemen's Day at K-State, set for this Friday, March 6th.  Register online right here.

3/1/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.
 

3/1/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Latest on Forage Sorghum... Play Audio



K-State research agronomist John Holman talks about forage sorghum selection, and which types are best suited for various cattle feeding programs, based on extensive K-State field research on forage sorghum performance and nutrient characteristics.
 

3/1/2015 6:00:00 PM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University analyzes the latest cattle market trends:  he reviews the latest USDA Retail Meat and Poultry Prices report and what it suggests about current beef demand, and he comments on the state of live cattle basis and forward contracting of fed cattle.
 

3/1/2015 6:00:00 PM


KANSAS DAIRY PRODUCTION Play Audio



Newly released statistics show that the Kansas dairy industry is on the rise, in terms of size of the state’s milking herd and the amount of milk produced.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) goes over the numbers, and tells how Kansas stacks up with other dairy states in several production categories.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agriculture News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Keep Corn Particle Size in Mind to Enhance Feedlot Efficiency



Ask cattle producers how they grind corn used in their animals’ diets, and the responses would likely range from fine, to medium, to coarse. Although there isn’t a standard in place to determine what equates as finely ground corn compared to medium or coarsely ground, corn particle size can affect digestibility and how cattle efficiently use the grain for energy and growth.


2/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


Lameness in Cattle? There’s An App For That... Play Audio



The director of the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State, Dan Thomson, tells of new informational computer app, designed in large part by the institute, which can help cattle producers manage lameness in cattle, which centers on locomotion scoring and diagnostic guidelines for treating a lameness problem..

2/25/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agriculture News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/25/2015 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.
2/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/24/2015 6:00:00 PM


Ag Law Update... Play Audio



Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen goes over several new court rulings of interest to farmers and ranchers, including a decision on a dispute over changing cropland rental rates within a multi-year lease agreement.
 

2/24/2015 6:00:00 PM


March 3 Grazing School Features ‘300 Days of Grazing’



Forage specialist John Jennings of the University of Arkansas, will be the guest speaker at the Grazing School II workshop in Holton, Kansas on March 3.
2/24/2015 8:00:00 AM


Beef Sire Selection Guidelines (Part 1 of 2)... Play Audio



In the first part of an extended discussion of beef sire selection guidelines (ahead of the spring breeding season) with K-State cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber, he goes through a checklist of considerations when shopping for new bulls at this spring's seedstock sales.

2/23/2015 6:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



The latest agriculture news from around the state, region, and points beyond.

2/23/2015 6:00:00 PM


Beef Sire Selection Guidelines (Part 2 of 2)... Play Audio



The conclusion of an extended discussion of beef sire selection guidelines (ahead of the spring breeding season) with K-State cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber.  Bob explains why calving ease is the number-one EPD value to consider when selecting bulls for replacement heifer breeding, and explains the added value of using maternal calving ease EPDs...he also goes over the use of breed selection indexes as a primary tool for sire selection.

2/23/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agriculture News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

2/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


Beef Bulls: It’s Almost Time... Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek discusses beef bull management from now until spring breeding season, running bulls through a complete breeding soundness examination, and assuring that any new bulls brought in are clear of any potential disease problems before they are added to the herd.

2/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor offers insight on the cattle markets:  he discusses the importance of the Pacific Coast port labor settlement to the cattle markets, saying the beef backlog there contributed notably to the recent weakness in the markets...he also shares his latest projections on cattle feedlot returns for the next several months.

2/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


MASTITIS CONTROL PLAN Play Audio



Before you dairy producers get tied up with spring fieldwork, you should take some time to reassess the mastitis control program for your herd.  Have your past efforts to thwart mastitis problems been effective?  And if not, what could be done differently this year to address the situation?  This week, K-State Research and Extension dairy specialist Mike Brouk (Brook) offers some guidance on this.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


TIFFANY CATTLE COMPANY Play Audio



When an old Army air base near Herington was transformed into a beef cattle feed yard, it altered the lives of a man and his two sons.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute explains how two brothers took over a thriving business from their father.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.
 

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



The latest agriculture news from around the state, region, and points beyond.

2/18/2015 6:00:00 PM


Register Now for Cattleman’s Day at K-State... Play Audio



K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi goes over the entire agenda for the 102nd Cattleman's Day at K-State, set for Friday, March 6th on the campus...the keynote speaker for which will be an executive with the world's largest fast-food chain, talking about the sustainability of beef production from the consumer's viewpoint.

2/18/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Shane Tiffany - Part 1



“From bombs to bovines.” That sounds like an unusual transition, and it is. It describes a transformation of a former Army air base in central Kansas which became a cattle feedlot and is now part of one of the state’s leading cattle operations.
2/18/2015 8:00:00 AM