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Distillers Dried Grains and Stocker Cattle Play Audio

K-State beef cattle specialist Dale Blasi reports on new research on supplemental feeding distiller's dried grains (DDGS) to stocker cattle on summer grass...he talks about managing that supplementation program presented free choice to stockers, using salt as a limiter.

5/28/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Nancy Hines - Stanton County Hardware

“Hablas Espanol?” I don’t speak Spanish, but today in Kansas Profile, we’ll meet a rural Kansas business which has achieved a remarkable level of bilingual proficiency while working to serve all of its customers.
5/27/2015 8:00:00 AM

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.
5/27/2015 8:00:00 AM

The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's analysis of the cattle markets:  he reviews the latest USDA cattle-on-feed report issued last Friday, and comments on the latest USDA report on retail beef price trends.

5/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


Nutritional management is an ongoing cause on every dairy.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk asks producers to focus on the nutritional needs of the post-fresh dairy cow.  Research indicates that this is a highly pivotal stage of nutrition for the herd, with respect to milk production.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM

Predicting Beef Cattle Feeding Efficiency Play Audio

K-State animal science researcher Kelli Retallick talks about the results of her new study, which sought to find a better way of predicting beef cattle feeding efficiency through genetic selection...she has discovered that post-weaning calf gain is a very good indicator of that economically relevant trait.

5/20/2015 7:00:00 PM

Supplemental Nutrients for Horses Play Audio

K-State equine nutritionist James Lattimer discusses nutritional management of performance and pleasure horses while they're on summer grass...what supplemental nutrient and mineral needs are necessary to maintain horse condition and health.

5/20/2015 7:00:00 PM

K-State Recognizes ‘Top Hand’ at 2015 Cattle Feeders College

Kansas State University in cooperation with Merck Animal Health recognized Roy Browning of Deseret Cattle Feeders as the recipient of the “Top Hand” award at the 2015 K-State Cattle Feeders College held May 14 in Scott City, Kansas.
5/20/2015 8:00:00 AM

Farmers Market Resource Available

Many of us have wandered through a farmers market and envisioned ourselves selling produce, baked goods or other foods. Farmers markets are a great way for food producers and value-added food processors to directly connect with their customers, increase sales, and get feedback from customers.
5/18/2015 8:00:00 AM

The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary:  she looks ahead to this week's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and discusses recent improvements in central plains pasture conditions, and what that might mean for beef herd expansion.

5/17/2015 7:00:00 PM

Stretching Dollars at the Meat Counter

We’ve all done it…. stood at the meat counter trying to figure out what to buy. And if we’re having guests, the decision is even more critical. Throw in the expense, especially if the wrong choice is made, and the process can be daunting.

5/15/2015 8:00:00 AM


The forage harvesting season has commenced on most Kansas dairies now.  Harvest volume is always important, but K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk stresses to producers not to lose sight of forage quality.  That quality factor, he says, is imperative to the bottom line, and this week he covers several areas of emphasis to consider.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM

Measuring Calving Distribution Play Audio

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson discusses the value of measuring calving distribution as part of beef reproduction management...recording and analyzing calving date patterns, which can be useful information for cow and heifer breeding purposes.

5/13/2015 7:00:00 PM

Spring Field Day Planned June 5 in Garden City

The focus is on wheat and triticale at the 2015 Spring Field Day planned for Friday, June 5 at Kansas State University’s Southwest Research-Extension Center in Garden City.
5/11/2015 8:00:00 AM

Liver Abscesses in Beef Carcasses Play Audio

K-State feedlot nutritionist Chris Reinhardt talks about the ongoing problem with liver abscesses in beef carcasses, and attempts to curb those incidents...toward that end, he discusses a abscess-prevention protocol that's been tested in K-State trials.

5/10/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  he goes over the positive indications from the latest U.S. beef trade data, and he discusses the expected rate of cow herd expansion for the remainder of this year and into 2016, and how long cow-calf producers can expect good economic returns.

5/10/2015 7:00:00 PM


The heat of summer just adds to the stress on the calving dairy cow.  That’s why dairy producers should take measures now to assure the most comfortable pre-fresh pen space possible.   Basically, that means providing adequate space throughout, as K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk discusses this week.  

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

A Tale of Two Rivers: Kansas, Missouri River Regions have Differences and Similarities

Like all residents, Pam Fortun cares about clean water coming out of the faucet. As a civil engineer with the fast-growing City of Overland Park, however, designing systems to avoid flash flooding, ensuring water quantity and quality, and minimizing runoff from new neighborhoods are also priorities for her.
5/7/2015 8:00:00 AM

Report Finds Mandatory COOL Causes Meat Industry, Consumer Losses

MCOOL Update video

Any policy that results in higher costs of compliance without a quantifiable benefit will likely have an adverse economic impact, and recent research shows mandatory country-of-origin labeling, or MCOOL, is one such policy.

5/6/2015 8:00:00 AM

Canola Clinics and Field Tour Set for May

K-State Research and Extension will conduct a series of timely canola educational activities in May.
5/5/2015 8:00:00 AM

Ready, Set, Grill: K-State Will Host Barbecue 101 Workshop June 6 in Arkansas City

Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for novice grillers and seasoned (pardon the pun) veterans alike, on Saturday, June 6 in Arkansas City. K-State specialists will cover the basics of grilling, smoking, and food safety, plus a unique perspective on the science of barbecuing.
5/5/2015 8:00:00 AM

BCI Graduate Student Receives Top Award at Premier Beef Nutrition Conference

Dan Frese, graduate student of the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University, was recognized for research conducted on cattle handling techniques at the Plains Nutrition Council (PNC) Spring Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in April.
5/5/2015 8:00:00 AM

Forage for Cattle Nutrition Play Audio

K-State beef cattle nutritionist Dale Blasi talks about selecting a summer annual forage for planting this spring, as either a grazing forage or harvested forage for feeding later on in the season...he talks about matching the choice of forage to the expected herd nutritional needs.

5/4/2015 7:00:00 PM

Economic Impacts of Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling Play Audio

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor returns to report on a new study he co-authored on the economic impacts of mandatory country-of-origin labeling on the beef and pork industries...this study is now being highlighted by the USDA as important baseline information, as the U.S. prepares for the forthcoming WTO ruling on the latest version of M-COOL.

5/4/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  in addition to recapping last week's price trends, he shares his latest beef demand index results for the first quarter of this year, and takes a look at the USDA's latest analysis of economic returns to cow-calf production, which clearly favor herd expansion.

5/3/2015 7:00:00 PM


K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk is asking dairy producers to take a moment and evaluate their remaining silage supplies.  If it appears that they may run out of silage before the next crop is harvested, contingency feeding plans should be made right now.  This week, he talks about some alternatives that could bridge the gap until that next silage crop is put up.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM

Behind the Words: What Meat Labels Mean

Overwhelmed, confused and unsure are just a few words to describe how many consumers feel when purchasing foods, particularly meat products.
4/30/2015 8:00:00 AM

Sustainable Soil Management, Part Two Play Audio

The USDA's Doug Karlen continues discussing sustainable soil management.

4/29/2015 7:00:00 PM

Sustainable Soil Management, Part One Play Audio

One of the nation's leading soil scientists, the USDA's Doug Karlen, talks about a number of contemporary issues in sustainable soil management:  the use of crop residue for biofuel production and the ensuing impact on soil health, the resurgence of cover crops as a soil quality management tool, and the comprehensive approach to soil management that he says all producers need to embrace.  He is on the K-State campus this week, presenting the annual Ellis Lecture in Soil Science.

4/29/2015 7:00:00 PM

Fly Control Strategies for Cattle Play Audio

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek talks about fly control strategies for cattle being turned out on grass this spring, including what's new along the line of insecticidal ear tags...he also talks about other control options, including the "pass-through" fly control products that are administered through pasture mineral.

4/27/2015 7:00:00 PM