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Spring will give way to summer soon.  Milk production tends to fall off during the summer months, and coupled with low milk prices, maintaining an adequate cash flow on the dairy may prove difficult.  This week, K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk recommends several preparatory steps that could help ease that situation.

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

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

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

Research Shows Late-Season Burning Helps Control Sericea in a Big Way

It’s a plant that tends to use many weapons to take over grasslands. Starting at the roots, this plant out-competes native plants for water and nutrients. The roots also leak allelopathic chemicals that can prevent germination of other plants.

4/20/2015 8:00:00 AM

Swine Health and Management Play Audio

K-State graduate and director of health management for leading hog producer The Hanor Company, Tara Donovan, talks about enormous current issues in swine health and management and how the hog industry is responding...she was just named the 2015 Alumni Fellow for K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine.

4/19/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Agricultural economist Jessica Sampson of the Livestock Marketing Information Center provides this week's cattle market commentary:  she looks at new information on consumer food spending for the first quarter of the year, which bodes well for retail beef demand...she also shares the LMIC's pre-report estimates for this Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report.

4/19/2015 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


In recent years, there’s been a noticeable increase in dairy export business out of the U.S.  As K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk (brook) sees it, those export sales have been pivotal in keeping milk prices afloat.  Furthermore, he urges dairy producers to keep those export markets well in mind as they go about their management.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Analyzing Summer Grazing Strategies

The Kansas Flint Hills have served as a home and food source for stocker cattle since the mid-1800s, when cowboys drove longhorns up the Chisholm Trail from the southwestern United States to Kansas railways. Flash forward to today: research from Kansas State University on this staple resource could help ensure profitable years ahead for stocker producers.

4/16/2015 8:00:00 AM

K-State Cattle Feeders College Set for May 14 in Scott City

The 2015 edition of the K-State Cattle Feeders College is planned for May 14 at the Scott County Indoor Arena and Activities Center, 610 E. Fairground Road in Scott City, Kansas.
4/16/2015 8:00:00 AM

Antibiotics and Livestock Feeding Play Audio

K-State swine nutritionist Mike Tokach offers another perspective on the issue of antibiotic use in livestock feeding, on the heels of efforts to limit that use because of human antibiotic resistance concerns...he talks about the stewardship the pork industry has already undertaken in view of the concerns, and why it remains imperative to preserve the availability of antibiotics for treatment of livestock illness.

4/14/2015 7:00:00 PM

Wood Chips to Marinades: K-State’s Barbecue 101 Workshop Planned in Four Communities

Just in time for summer, Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for beginning and experienced grillers in four locations around the state.
4/13/2015 8:00:00 AM

The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor covers the latest developments in the cattle markets, noting the bearish price trends of this past week...he comments as well on the impact of the avian influenza situation and other factors that are currently hurting U.S beef exports.

4/12/2015 7:00:00 PM

Beef A-I Breeding Tips Play Audio

K-State livestock specialist Sandy Johnson goes over several guidelines for maximizing success with a beef A-I breeding program, with the emphasis on synchronization planning and handling of the A-I products and supplies themselves.

4/12/2015 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


It’s a long time until this year’s silage harvest, but K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk is inviting dairy producers to explore a new silage processing method that’s capturing quite a bit of attention now.  It’s called “shredlege”, and while little actual research has been done to date on its performance as a dairy feedstuff, Brook thinks it may well deserve a look.           

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

Identifying and Preventing Neosporosis in the Cow Herd

An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent. Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations for the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, said the laboratory has confirmed a handful of cases this spring calving season in Kansas.
4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM

Masters in Agribusiness Update Play Audio

The manager of the Masters in Agribusiness program out of K-State, Deborah Kohl, talks about the next opportunity for agricultural professionals to take part in that distance education opportunity, which will be built around animal health themes.

4/6/2015 7:00:00 PM

Feedlot Dust Concerns Play Audio

K-State veterinarian Mike Apley responds to a recently-released study of dust from west Texas feedlots, and whether that dust is carrying bacteria that's resistant to antibiotics...saying that there are scientific issues with that research...he also addresses where livestock production stands in the latest administration push to act on antibiotic resistance in human health.

4/6/2015 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

Ready, Set, Grill: K-State Will Host Barbecue 101 Workshop May 9 in Manhattan

Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for novice grillers and seasoned (pardon the pun) veterans alike, on Saturday, May 9 in Manhattan. K-State specialists will cover the basics of grilling, smoking, and food safety, plus a unique perspective on the science of barbecuing.
4/6/2015 8:00:00 AM

Upcoming K-State Cattle Feeders College Sessions Play Audio

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner looks ahead to a series of K-State Cattle Feeders College sessions, the first one coming up in May, which will focus on horsemanship in cattle feeding operations...it will also feature the "Top Hand" cattle feedlot employee awards, nominations for which are now being taken.

4/5/2015 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 comments on the escalating worries about drought, and the potential impact on the market trends...he also reports on the resiliency of domestic beef demand in the face of hefty competing meat supplies, and shares the USDA's latest beef export and import data.

4/5/2015 7:00:00 PM


Though the first cutting is some weeks away, dairy producers should be checking out the condition of their alfalfa stands right now, according to K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk.  That forage resource, he says, is too valuable to jeopardize with early-season neglect.  This week, he talks about several management steps to take.

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM

K-State’s College of Agriculture Celebrates Success and Looks Ahead to a Productive Future

Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture aims to be a top-five agricultural college in the United States by 2025, and in collaboration with K-State Research and Extension, it intends to continue serving as a global destination for education, research and extension. Reaching this feat not only would benefit the university, but it would benefit the citizens of Kansas and beyond with immediate solutions to needs in agricultural production.

4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Dan Atkisson - Lady Luck Ironworks

As the rodeo queen rides by, the light flashes from the fancy spurs which she wears on her boots.  These attractive spurs were created by a couple of cowboys from rural Kansas.
4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

Ready, Set, Grill: K-State Will Host Barbecue 101 Workshop May 2 in Olathe

Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for novice grillers and seasoned (pardon the pun) veterans alike, on Saturday, May 2 in Olathe. K-State specialists will cover the basics of grilling, smoking, and food safety, plus a unique perspective on the science of barbecuing.
3/30/2015 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:  among other things,  she talks about the prospect of putting cull cows on feed compared to outright marketing them at culling time, and comments on the USDA's latest hogs-and-pigs report and its implications for the cattle trade.

3/29/2015 7:00:00 PM