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Weekly Grain Market Outook - Dan O'Brien

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien talks about the USDA's latest U.S. grain production report, which featured surprisingly friendly numbers for the corn and soybean markets, and he comments on the possible corn market impact from year-round sales of E-15 ethanol, during his weekly segment on the grain price trends.

October 12, 2018
Crop Insurance Workshops

Art Barnaby talks about the agenda for the four-state series of Crop Insurance Workshops that K-State will be co-sponsoring soon, along with Oklahoma State University, Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska...the information provided at these workshops will be very useful to producers, agricultural lenders and others involved in production agriculture.

October 11, 2018
Keeping Up With the Irrigators

K-State agricultural economist Gabe Sampson reports on his new analysis of the peer effects on irrigation adoption...in other words, how a neighbor's commitment to crop irrigation would potentially influence a producer's decision to adopt irrigation practices as well:  this study was based on detailed irrigation data in Kansas dating all the way back to the mid-1940s.

October 11, 2018
Weekly Cattle Market Report - Glynn Tonsor and LMIC

The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides this week's cattle market insight:  he comments on the just-reported beef export numbers for August, which he describes as "stellar"...and he talks about the good economic prospects for wheat grazing in the central plains this fall .

October 8, 2018
Ag Lenders Conferences Preview

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks about the current outlook on the commodity title of the 2018 Farm Bill as the congressional conference committee finalizes it, and she looks at land value and rental rate trends in Kansas...two topics that she'll be addressing at K-State's 2018 Agricultural Lenders Conferences next week.

October 4, 2018
Rainfall Index Insurance

K-State agricultural economist Jisang Yu talks about his new analysis of the Risk Management Agency (RMA)'s insurance program for pasture and forage managers, called Rainfall Index Insurance Program for Pasture, Forage and Rangeland (PRF-RI)...he and his colleagues examined how well the RMA’s rainfall indices explain the individual forage yield.

September 17, 2018
Forecasting Fieldwork Days

K-State agricultural economist Terry Griffin and student researcher Sara Gammon talk about an online resource they manage:  it maintains a running projection of days suitable for fieldwork in Kansas, based on weekly USDA data. They explain how producers can use this information to their advantage.

September 14, 2018
Maintaining a Consistent Farm Income

K-State agricultural economist Beth Yeager discusses her new study of the persistence of farm financial performance...using Kansas Farm Management Association data, she looked at the stability of individual farm income over a five-year span and the factors that allowed farms to consistently remain profitable over time.

September 11, 2018
Boosting Cow-Calf Profitability

K-State livestock economist Dustin Pendell talks about his new analysis of cow-calf profitability, based on Kansas Farm Management Association records...it shows that the gross income generated by the herd and cost management are equally important to that profitability, which is something of a new revelation.

September 10, 2018
USDA Market Facilitation Program

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby offers his take on who gains, and who doesn't, from the USDA's Market Facilitation Program...the trade tariff relief payments that producers can apply for this fall:  he has run a comparative price analysis for corn, sorghum, soybeans and minor oilseeds as the basis for his observations.

September 6, 2018
Commodity Futures Trading

New K-State agricultural economist Joe Janzen talks about his research background on the structure and function of commodity markets...and he looks at what low-frequency traders should know about high-frequency commodity futures trading, a topic he addressed at the recent Risk and Profit Conference at K-State.

September 4, 2018
Market Facilitation Program

The state director of the Farm Service Agency, David Schemm, covers the details of the new Market Facilitation Program, as part of the USDA's trade tariff relief which was announced this week He lists the payment rates for the 2018 commodity production that is eligible, and the procedure for producer to follow in obtaining those payments.

August 29, 2018
Barry Flinchbaugh on Tariffs, Farm Bill and More

A conversation with K-State professor emeritus in agricultural economics Barry Flinchbaugh, which was among the sessions at the 2018 K-State Cooperative Symposium on the campus earlier this week:  among other things, he offers his insight on the long-term impacts of the current U.S. trade tariff approach, which he says will undoubtedly create inflation in the U.S. economy, and on the likelihood that the 2018 Farm Bill will be passed and signed into law before the end of the calendar year, if not sooner. 

August 23, 2018
The Road Ahead for Agricultural Trade

The keynote speaker at the Risk and Profit Conference, a professor of agricultural trade at Virginia Tech University, Dr. Richard Crowder, who served as the U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the U.S. Trade Representative's Office in the mid-2000s:  he talks about the new "playbook" that's now guiding agricultural trade negotiations, and about what he sees as a long path to resolving the current trade issues.

August 17, 2018
Landlords and Subsidy Payments

K-State agricultural economist Nathan Hendricks shares the findings from his new study, which looked at USDA crop program subsidies and how they factor into farmland rental payments. He specifically was interested in the extent to which landlords gain from those subsidies, compared to tenants.

August 16, 2018
Study of Grain Sorghum Yields

K-State agricultural economist Jesse Tack and graduate researcher Noah Miller report on their new study which looked at the historical response of grain sorghum yields to warming temperatures in Kansas over the last 40 years...they determined the point at which higher temperatures start to erode yields, and examined the impact of planting sorghum earlier than normal on yield results.

August 15, 2018
New Land Value Publication

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about a new publication from K-State:  Kansas Agricultural Land Values and Trends, an extensive summary on land values at the state, regional and county levels, based on actual farm and ranch land sales in 2017...this is the first of what will be an annual comprehensive report on where land values stand and the direction in which they are trending.

August 10, 2018
Agricultural Economics Opportunities

The director of undergraduate programs for the Department of Agricultural Economics at K-State, Christine Wilson, talks about the academic opportunities that department offers students in support of their career goals, either within or outside the fields of agricultural economics and agribusiness.

August 8, 2018

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Cattle Chat - Weekly Podcast from K-State Beef Cattle Institute

Recent episodes:

Episode 24: October 9, 2018 - Gardiner Lecture at Kansas State University; Cattle in the United States, Rate of Gain in Replacement Heifers, Testing Corn-Stalk Forage

Episode 23: October 2, 2018 - Listener Poll Results; Should we Test Forage and Why; NIAA Traceability Meeting; Cull/Market Cows

Episode 22: September 24, 2018 - Population Growth; Body Condition Score; Hay Testing; Labor Shortage in Agriculture

October 9, 2018
In the Cattle Markets (LMIC) October 1, 2018
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