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Weekly Grain Market Outook - Dan O'Brien

K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien focuses his market comments this week on wheat prices, and the fundamentals that are pointing toward improvement in the wheat market He talks about the timeline for that improvement, and his latest wheat price probability projections compared to the USDA's latest price outlook.

July 20, 2018
Conservation Decisions on Leased Farmland

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks about a new survey of Kansas landlords and tenants on how they handle conservation decisions in their farmland leasing arrangements, from NRCS program participation to installing conservation practices ... the findings will be presented at the upcoming Risk and Profit Conference at K-State. 

July 19, 2018
Risk and Profit Conference Preview

K-State Extension assistant in agricultural economics Rich Llewelyn looks ahead to the 2018 Risk and Profit Conference at K-State, which will provide participants with cutting-edge information on farm and ranch economics and management, including over 20 breakout sessions where K-State researchers will get into an array of important contemporary topics.

July 18, 2018
Weekly Cattle Market Report - Glynn Tonsor and LMIC

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's analysis of the cattle markets: in addition to recapping last week's cattle price trends, he shares new information on retail beef prices and he previews this week's USDA cattle-on-feed and cattle inventory reports.

July 16, 2018
K-State Symposium on Cooperative Issues

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, and the chief executive officer of the Kansas Cooperative Council, Brandi Miller, preview the 2018 K-State Symposium on Cooperative Issues and the KCC Leadership Roundtable, which will take place in tandem on the K-State campus in August.

July 13, 2018
2018 Farm Bill Review

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby offers his observations on the commodity title and crop insurance components of the 2018 Farm Bill, with the House and Senate versions now in conference committee...he says that producers should especially be interested in how the compromise version handles the update in crop base acres for program payment purposes.

July 3, 2018
Kansas Net Farm Income

The executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Kevin Herbel, talks about more financial indicators from the KFMA's recently-released report on 2017 Kansas net farm income:  he centers on trends in farm operating debt management, and on the profit differences among the primary crop enterprises in the state.

June 27, 2018
Metaphylaxis

K-State agricultural economist Ted Schroeder and Elliott Dennis report on their just-released study of the feedlot cattle health management practice called metaphylaxis, or mass medication of cattle at high health risk...they've attached an economic value to that approach, which they hope will become part of the dialogue over the future of metaphylaxis treatments in the cattle industry.

June 26, 2018
Precision Ag Survey

K-State agricultural economist Beth Yeager and Terry Griffin discuss their latest analysis of the adoption of precision agricultural technologies by Kansas farmers...they've surveyed members of the Kansas Farm Management Association about the kinds of technologies they've been utilizing, as well as the technology upgrades they tend to favor.

June 19, 2018
Farm Bill Status Update

University of Nebraska agricultural policy specialist Brad Lubben takes a look at the version of the 2018 Farm Bill that cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee earlier this week...he looks at the modest changes proposed for the commodity title, and talks about how the overall bill differs from the House version which is expected to be up for a re-vote soon.

June 15, 2018
Continuous No-Till Crop Production

K-State agricultural economists Jason Bergtold and Jeff Williams discuss their just-released study of the use and effects of continuous no-till crop production in Kansas. Via a number of workshops they conducted with Kansas Farm Management Association members, they gathered a wide range of observations on the perceived benefits of no-till cropping.

May 24, 2018
ARC Payments

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby talks about the just-updated county-by-county estimates on A-R-C program payments for wheat producers on the 2017 crop, which will be issued this fall...he also addresses the issue of whether grain farmers are getting their futures contract orders appropriately filled in the current electronic trading format.

May 22, 2018
2018 Farm Bill

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby comments on a couple of proposals in the 2018 farm bill deliberations that have his full attention:  one suggesting a change in how crop acreage base is determined for program payment purposes, the other regarding the elimination of the harvest price option in crop insurance policies.

May 18, 2018
Livestock Forage Disaster Program

K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer goes over the eligibility requirements and the payment structure of the USDA's Livestock Forage Disaster Program, as a large part of Kansas either currently qualifies or is on the path toward qualifying in the coming weeks...he explains how this assistance is linked to the severity and duration of drought, as indicated by the official drought monitor.

May 17, 2018
Kansas Net Farm Income

An extended look at the numbers from the just-released Kansas net farm income report for 2017 from the Kansas Farm Management Association out of K-State:  KFMA executive director Kevin Herbel opens the discussions, reflecting on the statewide farm income issues in general, followed by area economists:  Mark Wood from northwest Kansas, Sandy Myers from southwest Kansas, Bob Kohman from north-central Kansas, Clay Simons from south-central Kansas, Scott Laird from southeast Kansas and Craig Althauser from northeast Kansas.

May 10, 2018
Tax Reform Reverb

K-State agricultural economist Brian Briggeman discusses his new economic analysis of the "Section 199A" issue that resulted from the tax reform bill late last year, and the follow-up congressional action that addressed the problem...he talks about how this is likely to impact grain producers as they do business with their local cooperatives.

May 1, 2018
Agricultural Land Values Update

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks in greater detail about K-State's just-released Kansas agricultural land values report, which covers land value trends in 2017. She says land prices are clearly following the lead of the struggling farm economy, and that the trend will turn around only when farm and ranch incomes show improvement.

April 26, 2018
Harvest or Graze?

Agricultural economist Robin Reid and cropping systems agronomist John Holman of K-State talk about the decision-making tool that they've put together on grazing out wheat...they've developed a budget for comparing the economic returns of taking wheat to grain and leaving cattle out to graze wheat out.

April 23, 2018

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

Recent episodes:

Episode 11: July 17, 2018- Questions on trade; fair season and the value of 4-H and FFA; lameness in calves; implanting calves
Episode 10: July 10, 2018 - USDA farm statistics; small-producer forecast; working calves in heat
Episode 9: July 3, 2018 - Kansas agriculture data; livestock disease traceability; millennials in agriculture

July 17, 2018
In the Cattle Markets (LMIC) July 16, 2018
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