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The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on why the grain markets haven't reacted much to the ongoing wet weather in the central and southern plains, and he comments on the continuing decline in grain sorghum basis in Kansas, during his weekly segment on the grain price trends.

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

USDA Ogallala Aquifer Initiative Play Audio

Assistant state conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Xiomara Tryban, talks about the newly-announced opportunity for landowners in certain parts of Kansas to participate in the latest USDA Ogallala Aquifer Initiative, which will provide funding for qualifying producers for conversion to dryland cropping, upgrading inefficient irrigation systems, and other aquifer-conserving practices.

5/26/2015 7:00:00 PM

Late Soybean Planting Play Audio

K-State agronomist Doug Shoup talks about the difficulties in getting soybeans planted around Kansas of late, because of the persistently wet field conditions...he offers several considerations on seeding soybeans later than intended, and on the prospect of replanting waterlogged soybean stands.

5/26/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on this week's rally in the wheat market, and analyzes the falloff in grain sorghum prices lately at Kansas elevators, as talking points for his weekly grain market segment.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM

Waterlogged Corn and Soybean Stands Play Audio

K-State cropping systems specialist Ignacio Ciampitti talks about problems with early corn and soybean stands because of waterlogged soils, and what that means for the health and productivity of those crops further ahead in the growing season.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


The deadline for enrolling in this year’s Kansas Wheat Yield Contest is fast approaching.  Marsha Boswell provides a reminder on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM

Disease in Early Corn and Soybean Stands Play Audio

K-State row crop disease specialist Doug Jardine talks about plant health problems in early corn and soybean stands that may have been prompted by the recent cool and wet weather...and possible disease problems that could eventually result.

5/19/2015 7:00:00 PM

Nutrient Deficiences in Corn Play Audio

K-State nutrient management specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz talks about possible nutrient deficiencies that could be resulting in poor-doing corn stands here in the early part of the growing season...he talks about what steps, if any, can be taken to correct such deficiencies in the next couple of weeks.

5/18/2015 7:00:00 PM

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


While agronomic characteristics and yield potential continue to be top priorities for the white wheat breeding program at Kansas State University, baking quality has become equally important, thanks to a special partnership with the private sector.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien offers his latest grain price average forecast for this marketing year, based on the USDA's grain supply-and-demand report out this week...he also weighs in on the current litigation over the market impact of China's banning of corn imports from the U.S. a couple of years ago because of a GMO corn seed issue.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM

Effects of Warmer Temperatures on Winter Wheat Play Audio

K-State agricultural economist Andy Barkley talks about new research he co-authored on the effects of warmer temperature trends during the latter part of the winter wheat growing season, and the ensuing impact on yields...he and colleagues used an economic model to measure this, which he says illustrates the economic importance of developing wheat varieties with greater heat tolerance.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM

ADM and K-State Celebrate Continued Partnership

While agronomic characteristics and yield continue to be top priorities for the Kansas State University white wheat breeding program, baking quality has become equally important, thanks to a grant from ADM Milling.
5/14/2015 8:00:00 AM

IGP and Grain Buyer Education Play Audio

The associate director of the IGP Institute at K-State, Mark Fowler, reports on the latest efforts by that program to promote Kansas grain sales abroad through grain buyer education:  he talks about a group of foreign wheat millers who participated in a recent IGP short course, and about a grain quality session put on for domestic elevator managers.

5/13/2015 7:00:00 PM

Study: Spring Heat More Damaging to Wheat than Fall Freeze

A team of researchers including a Kansas State University professor has released results of a study that measures the effects of climate change on wheat yields, findings that may have implications for future wheat breeding efforts worldwide.

5/13/2015 8:00:00 AM

Controlling Weeds in Thin Wheat Stands Play Audio

K-State weed management specialist Dallas Peterson talks about options for controlling weeds in thin wheat stands as the crop pushes toward harvest...he explains why treating at the current stage of crop maturity is prohibitive, but that growers can otherwise start lining out their plans for pre-harvest control right now.

5/12/2015 7:00:00 PM

Dryland Wheat Tour Planned June 5 at Tribune

The Kansas State University Southwest Research-Extension Center will host its 2015 Tribune Dryland Wheat Tour on Friday, June 5 at the university’s Tribune Unit, 1474 State Highway 96 (one mile west of Tribune).
5/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

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

‘All About That Wheat’ is Theme for Spring Field Day in Colby

With the theme, “All About That Wheat,” the K-State Northwest Research-Extension Center will host its 2015 Spring Field Day on Thursday, June 4, with a complimentary lunch to follow.
5/11/2015 8:00:00 AM

The Weekly Grain Market Report Play Audio

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien comments on the wheat production estimate resulting from this week's Kansas Wheat Tour, and how the market will perceive those tour results...he also looks ahead to next week's USDA grain supply-and-demand report and its likely market implications.

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

Optimum Seeding Rates for Soybeans Play Audio

K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti goes over what numerous recent on-farm field trials around Kansas have indicated about optimum seeding rates for soybeans...he talks about the recommended plant population targets for various yielding environments.

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

Innovative Crop Breeding Play Audio

The presenter of the 2015 Elmer Heyne Crop Science Lecture at K-State, crop breeder Wallace Cowling of the University of Western Australia, introduces a new idea in crop breeding that could revolutionize crop genetics advances...patterned after the genetic selection approaches commonly used in livestock breeding.

5/6/2015 7:00:00 PM

Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour Wrap-Up Play Audio

K-State wheat specialist emeritus Jim Shroyer sizes up the results from the second day of the Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour across Kansas and adjoining states...he tells what his tour group observed as they traveled from southwest to south-central Kansas yesterday.

5/6/2015 7:00:00 PM

K-State Spring Crops Field Day Planned May 27

Wheat, weather and cropping systems will take center stage at Kansas State University’s Spring Crops Field Day on Wednesday, May 27 in Parsons.
5/6/2015 8:00:00 AM

Insect Control in Alfalfa Stands Play Audio

K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth talks about insect control in alfalfa stands prior to taking the first cutting, targeting the alfalfa weevil in particular...he also reports on aphid activity in both alfalfa and wheat stands, and the control measures growers might be thinking about.

5/5/2015 7:00:00 PM

Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour Report #2, Plus Agricultural News Play Audio

K-State agronomist emeritus Jim Shroyer files his second report from this week's Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour across Kansas.  Also, agricultural news.

5/5/2015 7:00:00 PM

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