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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

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

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

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

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

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.
4/29/2015 8:00:00 AM

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

Ready, Set, Grill: K-State Will Host Barbecue 101 Workshop May 30 in Hays

Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for novice grillers and seasoned (pardon the pun) veterans alike, on Saturday, May 30 in Hays. K-State specialists will cover the basics of grilling, smoking, and food safety, plus a unique perspective on the science of barbecuing.
4/27/2015 8:00:00 AM

Feeding the Cow Herd in Confinement Play Audio

K-State beef cattle scientist John Jaeger looks at the option of feeding the cow herd in confinement, especially in situations where grazing forage is severely limited by drought...he talks about K-State's extensive research on limit-feeding drylot rations for cows, tying in early calf weaning, and the resulting impact on cow body condition and calf performance.

4/26/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Market Reports Play Audio

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University is featured in this week's cattle market segment:  he talks about the market implications from several new USDA reports...last Friday's cattle-on-feed report, the cold storage report released last week, and the latest numbers on the beef byproduct trade.

4/26/2015 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


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

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