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Canola Update Play Audio



K-State agronomist Mike Stamm reports on the condition of canola stands in the central plains so far this winter, and passes along the details on the 2015 Canola College for current and prospective growers, co-sponsored by K-State and Oklahoma State University in mid-February.

1/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Precision Technology in Crop Production Play Audio



Another segment from the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference co-hosted by K-State Research and Extension last week in Salina:  University of Nebraska Extension cropping systems agronomist Laura Thompson offers her views on current and future utilization of precision technologies in crop production and management.

1/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


K-State Survey Indicates Lower Farmland Prices, More Non-Performing Loans in the Short-Term Outlook



The agricultural lender sentiment for the end of 2014 shows that lenders have decreased expectations for the short- and long-term outlook. Respondents of a Kansas State University Agricultural Lender Survey expect farmland prices to decline and non-performing loans to increase.
1/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


K-State Weed Scientists Seeking Input on Herbicide-Resistant Grasses



K-State weed scientists would like some help from producers, extension agents, crop consultants, agronomists, and others in documenting the distribution of two herbicide-resistant grassy weeds.
1/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio



K-State grain market economist Dan O’Brien reviews this week’s trends in the grain markets:  he comments on how long he thinks that grain sorghum will continue trading at a premium to corn in certain locations, and takes another look at the corn-to-soybean price ratio as an indicator of producer planting intentions this spring.

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


KANSAS WHEAT HISTORY Play Audio



Kansas Day…the date on which Kansas achieved statehood back in 1861…is coming up soon.  It’s an ideal occasion to reflect on the place that winter wheat production occupies in Kansas history, as covered by Nicole Lane on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.   

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


Precision Agriculture Technology Play Audio



A featured speaker at the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference, co-sponsored by K-State Research and Extension this week:  former Oklahoma State University cropping systems specialist and now a producer and consultant in northeast Colorado, Chad Godsey, talks about practical adaptation of precision agricultural technology by farmers, and what he sees as the lead technology interests in the central plains region.

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas to Host Central Plains Irrigation Conference Feb. 17-18



The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will take place Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby, Kansas. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year. Sponsors include Kansas State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.
1/22/2015 8:00:00 AM


IGP Promotes Grain Sales and Usage Play Audio



The associate director of the IGP Institute at K-State, Mark Fowler, provides an update on that institute's latest educational activities in promoting U.S. grain sales and usage.  He talks about a highly-popular session this month for commercial grain elevator operators here in Kansas, and looks ahead to similar training to be offered to domestic grain producers with large-volume on-farm grain storage facilities.

1/21/2015 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.
1/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


First Ever K-State Agronomy Forage Bowl Team Wins National Competition



The Kansas State University Agronomy Forage Bowl Team won the National Forage Bowl Competition at the American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri Jan. 11-14, 2015.
1/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Bret Chilcott - Ag Eagle - Part 2



Where are your data? These days, I am told that my data are in what the techies call “the cloud” – wherever that is. Today, in the conclusion of a two-part series, we’ll learn more about a company which is gathering agricultural data by going up to the clouds – and I mean that literally.
1/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


Farm Bill - Part One Play Audio



K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby goes over aspects of the new USDA commodity program features that are raising questions with producers, as Art and fellow K-State agricultural economists conduct the series of Farm Bill decision informational meetings around Kansas this winter:  he walks through the basics of how crop prices and yields are determined for program purposes, and how each factors into the ARC and PLC program options...he also talks about the yields for 2014 wheat program payments that were just released by the USDA, and how the variations in those yields from county to county in Kansas will impact the likely returns to producers from each of the program options.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM


Farm Bill - Part Two Play Audio



K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby continues his overview of the Farm Bill.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM


Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition Play Audio



K-State irrigation engineer Dan Rogers previews the 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition taking place in Colby in mid-February, co-sponsored by K-State...he talks about several of the highlighted topics to be addressed in the multiple technical sessions at that conference.

1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Serving on a Board or Want to? Board Leadership Workshops Planned



Non-profits, school districts, churches and other organizations have one thing in common. They typically have a group of people – a board of directors – working behind the scenes to support and determine the direction of the organization.
1/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


Taking Canola Production to the Next Level



The latest developments in canola production and marketing will be highlighted at the Canola College 2015, “Taking Canola Production to the Next Level.
1/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio



K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien reflects on the USDA's grain stocks and winter wheat seedings reports from earlier this week, and how they've impacted his latest price range projections for wheat, feedgrains and soybeans, during his weekly segment on the grain markets

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


USDA Programs Update Play Audio



The state director of the Farm Service Agency, Adrian Polansky, talks about several timely USDA program items:  the upcoming deadline for applying for the Livestock Disaster Assistance program, the opportunities to learn more about making the long-term crop program decision within the new commodity title, and the option for terminating Conservation Reserve Program contracts early.

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


Winter Wheat Status Play Audio



K-State agronomist Stu Duncan offers his observations on the state of the Kansas winter wheat crop, coming out the sustained harsh cold weather of the past few weeks...he advises growers who are concerned about winterkill to their stands to take samples from their fields and test their growth status indoors.

1/14/2015 6:00:00 PM


2015 Chemical Weed Control Guide Play Audio



K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson announces that K-State's 2015 Chemical Weed Control Guide for field crops has just been released for producers to use:  he goes over the information contained in that guide, including a new feature that will help crop growers contend with herbicide resistance issues through better management.

1/14/2015 6:00:00 PM


Growing Vegetables for Profit is Focus of Conference in Liberal



The business of growing vegetables is the focus of a one-day conference at Seward County Community College in Liberal on Feb. 3. The conference is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension in Grant, Haskell, Meade, Seward, and Stevens counties.
1/14/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Bret Chilcott - Ag Eagle - Part 1



Have you ever wanted a birds-eye view? Wouldn’t it be great to have a viewpoint from up high, to enable us to see over a fence or in the middle of a field? Today we’ll meet an amazing company which is using robotic aircraft to provide that aerial view. The results are helping this remarkable company to grow in rural Kansas.
1/14/2015 8:00:00 AM


Upcoming Crop Production Workshops Play Audio



K-State agronomist Lucas Haag previews two events for crop producers coming up next week:  K-State's annual Cover Your Acres Conference in Oberlin, and the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference in Salina.

1/13/2015 6:00:00 PM


Cover Crops for Cattle Grazing Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses utilizing cover crops for cattle grazing:  what research says about the impact of grazing on soil compaction, and about cattle gains from cover crop forage...she shares early data from an ongoing study of cover crop grazing in east-central Kansas.

1/13/2015 6:00:00 PM


K-State Announces New Grain Science and Industry Department Head



The College of Agriculture at Kansas State University has announced Gordon Smith as the new head of the Department of Grain Science and Industry. Smith will also direct the International Grains Program Institute, located in Manhattan. He will begin his official appointment Feb. 2.
1/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Sustain Life



2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Sustain Life Video
Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous—from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.

1/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


Crop Root Development - Part Two Play Audio



A world-renowned agronomist from the University of Western Australia, Zed Rengel, talks about his recent assignment at K-State's Department of Agronomy as a Fulbright Scholar, and his cutting-edge studies of crop root development:  he's promoting this area of research as critical to feeding the expanding world population in the decades ahead, as stronger root systems will be necessary for crop production on lesser-quality soils...and he talks about emphasizing root genetics as a major component of crop genetic development.

1/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


Crop Root Development - Part One Play Audio



A world-renowned agronomist from the University of Western Australia, Zed Rengel, talks about his recent assignment at K-State's Department of Agronomy as a Fulbright Scholar, and his cutting-edge studies of crop root development:  he's promoting this area of research as critical to feeding the expanding world population in the decades ahead, as stronger root systems will be necessary for crop production on lesser-quality soils...and he talks about emphasizing root genetics as a major component of crop genetic development.

1/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio



K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien looks ahead to the USDA's grain stocks and winter wheat seeding reports coming out next week, and the potential impacts on the grain markets...he also discusses the trends in U.S. grain exports here at the beginning of the new year.

1/8/2015 6:00:00 PM