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The International Year of Soils: Soils Clean and Capture Water

2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Clean and Capture Water video

Picture transitioning from a rural setting that includes woodlands, wildlife habitat and farms, to urban areas that consist of concrete, parking lots, streets and buildings. Rural land in a more natural state has the ability to soak up water in the soil more efficiently than urban areas with impervious surfaces that can lead to more runoff.
4/27/2015 8:00:00 AM


A Kansas wheat farmer recently testified before Congress on the merits of expanding agricultural trade with Cuba, saying that wheat producers have much to gain.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien shares his new analysis of Kansas crop production costs and whether those can be covered with current forward contract prices, as a feature of his weekly segment on the grain market trends.

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

A Visit With the New Manager for Strategic Partnership Development for NBAF Play Audio

K-State's Marty Vanier talks about her new appointment as the manager for strategic partnership development for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility being built at the university....she tells how her office will foster input from livestock producers, veterinarians, agricultural pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders, which will largely guide the animal disease initiatives that NBAF will undertake in the future.

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

Controlling Kochia in Wheat Stands Play Audio

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson advises wheat growers on dealing with herbicide-resistant kochia in their stands, citing those herbicide options that can still get the job done...he also addresses strategies for post-harvest control of kochia in wheat stubble.

4/22/2015 7:00:00 PM

Springtime Planting Safety Play Audio

K-State agricultural engineer Ed Brokesh offers several reminders about practicing safety during the spring planting season....from pre-planting equipment inspection to proper equipment transportation to storing and transporting fuel safely.

4/22/2015 7:00:00 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.
4/22/2015 8:00:00 AM

Stripe Rust Disease Returns to Kansas Wheat Play Audio

K-State wheat disease specialist Erick DeWolf comments on the return of stripe rust disease in Kansas wheat, with the first confirmation of the disease this season in southeast Kansas.

4/21/2015 7:00:00 PM

Row Crop Disease Management Play Audio

K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine discusses the importance of planting-time decisions in overall row crop disease management, particularly with respect to sudden death syndrome in soybeans and Goss' wilt in corn.

4/21/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas County-Level Land Values for Cropland and Pasture Report Play Audio

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor reports on the trends indicated in the just-released Kansas County-Level Land Values for Cropland and Pasture report from K-State...that information can serve as a benchmark for determining land transaction prices and rental rates...she also talks about a K-State webinar taking place tomorrow which will cover that report in detail.

4/20/2015 7:00:00 PM

Pass the Salt: Beef Cattle Gains Increased in DDGS Study

A recent Kansas State University study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain without the indirect expenses linked to daily delivery such as fuel and labor.
4/20/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Corn Planting Will Soon Move into High Gear, but Drought Persists

Corn planting in Kansas will soon be in full swing, but dry soils are making for a less than ideal start to the season.
4/17/2015 8:00:00 AM


Entry forms are being accepted now for the 2015 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest conducted by Kansas Wheat.  Marsha Boswell has all the details on this opportunity for wheat growers on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Canola Crop Update... Play Audio

K-State canola breeder Mike Stamm comments on the weather stresses that the Kansas canola crop has endured since last fall, and how those are impacting the crop's condition right now...he points to the opportunity to screen canola varieties for winter hardiness, and talks about new canola lines soon to be available to growers.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio

Eric Atkinson looks at the latest ag news.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Grain Market Update... Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien compares his latest price projections for wheat, corn, grain sorghum and soybeans to those of the USDA, based on last week's USDA grain supply-and-demand report, as the main theme of his grain market commentary this week.



4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Using DriftWatch to Prevent Crop Damage from Pesticide Drift Play Audio

From the Pesticide and Fertilizer Program at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Logan Brown outlines the DriftWatch program now available to growers of pesticide-sensitive crops in Kansas...he explains how a grower, as well as a commercial pesticide applicator, can make use of this free-of-charge service to prevent crop damage from pesticide drift.

4/15/2015 7:00:00 PM

Best Soybean Planting Dates Play Audio

K-State cropping systems specialist Ignacio Ciampitti goes over recent K-State field trials which evaluated various soybean planting dates, matching them up with different variety maturity ratings, and at several test sites in the state...the aim being to identify those optimum planting dates for given locations in the state.

4/15/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Jenny Russell - JenRus Freelance

World Wide Web. Of course, that’s the term that we see on the Internet. It reminds us that Internet technology operates far beyond our borders. Today we’ll meet an Internet marketing company which is using the tools of technology to transcend the traditional limitations of distance in rural America. Special thanks to Nex-Tech and writer Steve Herrs whose article in Connections provided content for this Kansas Profile column.
4/15/2015 8:00:00 AM

Alfalfa Weevils and Sugarcane Aphids Play Audio

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth has the latest on alfalfa weevil pressure in Kansas stands, responding to some reports that earlier treatments didn't seem to be working...he also talks about the recent approval of a specific insecticide to contend with possible sugarcane aphid problems in this year's Kansas grain sorghum crop.

4/13/2015 7:00:00 PM

Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day Planned in SE Kansas

A little bit of trade show and a lot of science-based information is planned for Kansas State University’s 2015 Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day in Mound Valley, Kansas on Thursday, May 7.
4/10/2015 8:00:00 AM

Recent Freeze Damage to Winter Wheat Play Audio

K-State crops and soils specialist Doug Shoup follows up with comments on the damage to winter wheat from last weekend's hard freeze in several parts of Kansas, and how growers can identify and evaluate the extent of that damage to their stands.

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien goes over the USDA's latest world grain supply and demand estimates, and how they will guide the grain price trends in the weeks ahead...he also talks about the likely weight the wheat market will give to current concerns about the condition of the Kansas winter wheat crop.

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


Advances in plant genetic technology have sped up the assembly line for new wheat varieties out of Kansas State University tremendously.  K-State’s leading wheat scientist weighs in on that topic in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.  Here’s Marsha Boswell. 

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

Comparing Drought-Tolerant Corn Hybrids to Conventional Hybrids Play Audio

K-State cropping systems agronomist Kraig Roozeboom looks at three years of K-State field trials, comparing drought-tolerant corn hybrids to conventional corn hybrids, and under what situations do those D-T hybrids have a production advantage in high-potential or low-potential growing environments...he says that some trends have emerged, but that everything must be considered on a field-by-field basis.

4/8/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weed Control Measures in Grain Sorghum... Play Audio

K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson encourages grain sorghum growers to start formulating their weed control plan for this year's crop now...beginning with a winter annual burndown treatment that can go on any time now.

4/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

Ag Law Update... Play Audio

Iowa State University agricultural law specialist Roger McEowen reviews a handful of new court rulings on agriculture-related cases, including a decision out of Texas on whether a senior water right trumps a specific state exemption from water use restrictions.

4/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

Tap into Water: Free Family Fun Day May 2 at Gardner City Lake

K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, and the Hillsdale Area Water Cooperative are teaming up to offer a water education workshop for families on May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gardner City Lake. Families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of learning about and celebrating water.
4/6/2015 8:00:00 AM

Nitrogen and Sulfur Treatments for Yellowing Wheat Stands Play Audio

K-State nutrient management specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz talks about the possibility that a nutrient deficiency may be behind the yellowing wheat stands that some Kansas growers are now finding...he discusses whether a late-season nitrogen or sulfur treatment would benefit those stressed stands to the point of boosting their yield potential.

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Kansas Wheat Commission and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers are sponsoring a unique event during the upcoming All-University Open House at Kansas State University.  It will simultaneously promote agriculture and personal exercise, as Marsha Boswell explains.            

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM