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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

Agricultural Law Update Play Audio

Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen presents his regular segment on recent legal and taxation developments pertaining to agriculture and rural areas:  among the court rulings he cites this time is a decision on whether a particular horse enterprise qualifies as a bona-fide business for tax purposes, as the owner attempted to write off the losses from that enterprise.

11/24/2014 6:00:00 PM

Sustainability Taking Shape, One French Fry at a Time

K-State Biodiesel Initiative Video

The sound of a diesel engine is distinct. Sure, some are louder than others, and diesel enthusiasts can usually recognize the differences in sound between Cummins and Powerstroke engines, for example, when driving down the road.

11/24/2014 8:00:00 AM

What Happened to all the Kansas-Grown Turkeys?

Kansas ranks around 20th in the number of turkeys raised compared to other states. That doesn’t seem too bad until you realize that 20th is still far less than 1 percent of all the 235 million turkeys grown in the United States each year. The leading states are Minnesota, North Carolina and Arkansas, according to data from the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
11/21/2014 8:00:00 AM

The Weekly Grain Market Analysis Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks about some noteworthy grain price basis relationships at Kansas elevators currently, and what marketing opportunities those might present to grain producers, as part of his weekly discussion of the grain market trends.

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM

Understanding USDA Commodity Programs Play Audio

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid breaks down the basics of the USDA commodity program decisions that grain producers must finalize in the months ahead...she offers some relatively simple rules-of-thumb when it comes to choosing between the new Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) options.

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


Recent articles have circulated the internet, accusing wheat of being unsafe because of the use of glyphosate herbicide. A staff member with Kansas Wheat, did some research into the scientific facts about glyphosate use.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM

Electronic Seed Metering Systems Play Audio

K-State precision agriculture engineer Ajay Sharda talks about the latest advances in precision crop planting technology that he'll be evaluating in field trials in the coming year, centering on the electronic seed metering systems that he says hold tremendous promise for producers in achieving field-wide uniform seed distribution and placement.

11/19/2014 6:00:00 PM

Glyphosate Controversy Play Audio

K-State agronomists Anita Dille and Dallas Peterson address the controversy created earlier this week by a social media article on the use of glyphosate herbicide on wheat late in the growing season...they remark on the inaccuracies, scientific and otherwise, in that article, and talk about the actual chemical behavior of glyphosate when applied to wheat and other crops.

11/19/2014 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.
11/19/2014 8:00:00 AM

Sustainable Intensification, Part Two Play Audio

Jules Pretty talks about feeding an ever-expanding world population.

11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM

Sustainable Intensification, Part One Play Audio

A special guest on the K-State campus this week, University of Essex scientist and world-renowned expert on agricultural sustainability, Jules Pretty, talks about the concept of sustainable intensification in production agriculture, as a key to feeding an ever-expanding world population over the next several decades.

11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM

Assessing Cold Temperature Damage to Wheat Play Audio

K-State agronomist Stu Duncan offers his take on the likely damage to the Kansas wheat crop from the sudden temperature plunge and resulting cold stretch of this past week, advising growers to conduct a simple test to assess the degree of damage to their individual fields.

11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM

New Kansas Corn Performance Report Play Audio

K-State agronomist Jane Lingenfelser goes over the lineup of corn hybrids that stood out in K-State's just-released Kansas Corn Performance Test report, which growers can now reference for their corn seed selection decisions for next year's crop.

11/17/2014 6:00:00 PM

Helping Wheat Defend Itself Against Damaging Viruses

Wheat diseases caused by a host of viruses that might include wheat streak mosaic, triticum mosaic, soil-borne mosaic and barley yellow dwarf could cost producers 5 to 10 percent or more in yield reductions per crop, but a major advance in developing broad disease-resistant wheat is on the horizon.

11/17/2014 8:00:00 AM

Cold Temperatures Expected to Affect Wheat in Kansas

The sudden sharp drop in temperatures across Kansas during the week of Nov. 10-15 will certainly cause the wheat crop to go into dormancy. Whether it will injure the wheat to any degree depends on several factors, said Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension crop production specialist.
11/14/2014 8:00:00 AM


A noted authority on healthy lifestyles recently spoke at the National Association of Wheat Growers/U.S. Wheat Associates Fall Board Meeting.  Marsha Boswell reviews that presentation on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Market Analysis Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien shares his latest price projections for wheat, corn and soybeans for the rest of the marketing year, based on the USDA's latest crop production and supply-and-demand reports, during this week's grain market segment.

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM

The Future of Water Use and Conservation in Kansas Play Audio

Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey and the director of the Kansas Water Office, Tracy Streeter, comment on the latest draft of the "vision" for the future of water use and conservation in Kansas, and what it means to production agriculture...that draft was made public at the governor's water conference this week in Manhattan.

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM

The Latest in Grassland Management Research Play Audio

NRCS range scientist Joel Brown, talks about the leading areas of interest in current grassland management research, and things that pasture managers need to think about in their longer-range grazing programs...he also talks about how the NRCS is working ecology management into its rangeland support programs.

11/12/2014 6:00:00 PM

Treating Musk Thistle Play Audio

K-State range and pasture management specialist Walt Fick takes a look at the herbicide options for treating musk thistle in pastures in the fall, saying there's still an opportunity to do so, despite this week's cold blast...he cites recent field research he conducted on the residual control of musk thistle by the various herbicide products.

11/12/2014 6:00:00 PM

Virus Disease Resistance In Wheat

K-State plant geneticist, Harold Trick, and USDA plant pathologist, John Fellers, report on a major advance in developing virus disease resistance in wheat, using genetic engineering to build a durable defense in wheat varieties against a host of costly diseases, including wheat streak mosaic, barley yellow dwarf and soil borne mosaic. See video
11/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator App Play Audio

K-State researchers Ray Asebedo and Trevor Rife tell about the brand-new smart phone application they've created, called the Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator, that growers can use to assess the yield potential of their wheat stands during the growing season...they say that the app can even be used now, as wheat enters dormancy, for making topdress nitrogen plans for later in the winter.

11/11/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State Soil Judging Team Takes Regional Honors

Kansas State University’s Soil Judging Team won 2nd place in the “Overall Team” and 4th place in the “Group Judging” categories at the 2014 Region 5 Soil Judging Contest hosted by Iowa State University in October.
11/11/2014 8:00:00 AM

Update on I-G-P Institute Initiatives Play Audio

The associate director of the I-G-P Institute at K-State, Mark Fowler, talks about future directions for that program in promoting sales and usage of Kansas grains domestically and abroad, as outlined by the institute's advisory board as it met this month...he also tells about the recent emphasis on food safety in the institute's short courses.

11/6/2014 6:00:00 PM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks about what next Monday's USDA grain production and supply-and-demand reports are likely to say, and he comments on surging soybean exports and lagging corn and wheat exports, during his weekly analysis of the grain markets.

11/6/2014 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Tom Miller - Ag Pilot

“Have a SAFE flight!” That’s the type of sentiment which we might express to a loved one as they depart on an airplane. In this case, the term SAFE also applies to a program which encouraged safety and precision in the work of agricultural pilots. Today we’ll meet a farmer and agricultural pilot who has been a leader in this initiative in Kansas.
11/5/2014 8:00:00 AM

Sugarcane Aphids in Grain Sorghum Play Audio

K-State crop entomologist Brian McCornack talks about the debut of the sugarcane aphid in Kansas grain sorghum fields this year...he's asking growers to report any sugarcane aphid activity they're finding in their grain sorghum at harvest to researchers at K-State, so that more can be learned about this pest's actual threat to the Kansas crop in the future.


11/4/2014 6:00:00 PM

Major Advance in Virus Resistance in Wheat Play Audio

K-State plant geneticist Harold Trick and USDA plant pathologist John Fellers report on a major advance in developing virus disease resistance in wheat, using genetic engineering to build a durable defense in wheat varieties against a host of costly diseases, including wheat streak mosaic, barley yellow dwarf and soil borne mosaic...and even though genetically-engineered wheat is not yet an option in the market, their research is leading to this resistance being built into non-GMO wheat lines as well.

11/4/2014 6:00:00 PM

Winter Wheat Diseases Play Audio

K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf follows up with reports of leaf rust and wheat streak mosaic already in winter wheat around Kansas...he advises growers to scout their fields for these pathogens now, to have an idea of what fields will potentially require a fungicide response next spring.

11/3/2014 6:00:00 PM