KSRN Radio Interviews

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Weekly Grain Market Outlook - Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien considers the increasing uncertainty about the row crop harvest numbers, stemming from the freezing temperatures that overspread a large part of the midwest and plains regions last week, as one of the main talking points during his weekly segment on the grain market trends.

October 18, 2019
Agricultural Law Update

Agricultural law professor Roger McEowen of the Washburn University School of Law talks about a new ruling out of the U.S. Supreme Court that favors agricultural producers and other landowners. it has to do with regulatory "takings" provisions and the extent to which a landowner can appeal an adverse takings ruling at the state level up to the federal court level.

October 16, 2019
Returns to Cow-Calf Production

K-State agricultural economists Kevin Herbel and Hannah Shear share highlights from their new study of the returns to cow-calf production in Kansas, based on Kansas Farm Management Association data complemented by a new survey of cow-calf producers on their management practices...they linked those practices to cow-calf economic performance and discovered several interesting trends.

October 14, 2019
Weekly Cattle Market Report - Glynn Tonsor and LMIC

K-State livestock market economist Glynn Tonsor is featured on this week's cattle market segment:  he goes over last week's rally in the cash and futures cattle markets, which rebounded back to levels higher than prices just before the Tyson beef plant fire, and he goes over a much-improved outlook for Kansas cattle feedlot returns rounding out 2019 and heading into 2020.

October 14, 2019
Creating a Top Farm

K-State agricultural economists Gregg Ibendahl and Terry Griffin review their new analysis of what makes a top farm economically in Kansas, based on 10 years of Kansas Farm Management Association data from actual grain production farms across the state:  they ranked several hundred farms for their economic performance, and then evaluated the importance of five factors to those rankings. In this first segment, they look at farm size, and level of debt.

October 8, 2019
Beef Market Effects from August Plant Fire

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor returns to comment on the cattle and beef market behavior immediately following the Tyson beef plant fire in August. He has reviewed all the market-driving factors involved in the immediate drop in fed cattle prices, while at the same time, boxed beef prices rose significantly, saying that those shouldn't be ignored as that situation is further investigated.

October 4, 2019
Beef and Pork Demand

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor talks about his new economic analysis of how beef and pork demand have changed in the aftermath of mandatory county-of-origin labeling being rescinded three years ago...this is a follow-up to previous K-State research indicating that M-COOL did not boost demand for domestic beef and pork.

October 3, 2019
Calculating ARC and PLC Payment Yields

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about the opportunity for crop producers to update their USDA commodity program payment yields as they enroll in either the ARC or PLC programs in the months ahead. She has put together a new spreadsheet that producers can use to calculate their new program yields.

September 20, 2019
Projected 2019 MFP Payments

K-State agricultural economist Nathan Hendricks talks about his work with Joe Janzen on projected payments to producers from this year's USDA Market Facilitation Program, and how those would compare to payments made under the 2018 MFP...they matched up the numbers for every county in Kansas, and shared their findings at the recent K-State Risk and Profit Conference.

September 4, 2019
Volatility of Farm Incomes

K-State agricultural economist Nathan Hendricks and graduate researcher Whitney Bowman talk about their new analysis of the volatility of Kansas farm incomes over time, based on information from the Kansas Farm Management Association. They explain why understanding those volatility trends can be helpful in farm financial management.

August 28, 2019
Ag Trade and Policy

The keynote speaker at the Risk and Profit Conference yesterday:  the president of Agri-Pulse Communications, Sara Wyant, shares her latest take on agricultural trade and policy issues, based on her information sources in Washington D.C. ... she comments specifically on the China trade situation and the outlook for farm program policy following the 2020 election.

August 23, 2019
Upcoming Farm Bill Meetings

K-State agricultural economists Robin Reid and Mykel Taylor talk about the series of 2018 Farm Bill meetings that K-State will host for producers over the next two weeks at 10 sites around those meetings, producers will learn about a tool that will help them make the most beneficial decision on ARC and PLC program participation.

August 20, 2019
Market Facilitation Program Payments

K-State agricultural economist Joe Janzen talks about his analysis of the USDA's latest round of Market Facilitation Program payments, attempting to explain the variations in MFP payment rates from county to county...he will be presenting his findings at the K-State Risk and Profit Conference coming up later this week on the campus.

August 19, 2019
Economics and Cattle Traceability

Glynn Tonsor and James Mitchell talk about their research on cattle producers' and buyers' willingness to adopt cattle traceability:  they sought out the economic factors that most greatly influence that decision, for consideration as traceability policy is developed...this work will be presented at the K-State Risk and Profit Conference on the campus next week.

August 15, 2019
Generations, Spending and Debt

K-State agricultural economists Gregg Ibendahl and Terry Griffin talk about their latest effort in a series of economics analyses which looks at the generational differences in farm and ranch management:  this time, they've focused on how spending tendencies and debt load differ among the various generations.

August 14, 2019
Soil Moisture as Price Predictor

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor and graduate researcher Noah Miller talk about using soil moisture measurements gathered via satellite as a predictor of local wheat price basis at harvest time They explain how their economic model merges historical basis trends with moisture readings early in the wheat growing season to give producers information that would be useful in advance-marketing their grain.

August 6, 2019
Benchmarking Farm Financial Status

K-State agricultural economist Robin Reid talks about an on-line analytical tool that agricultural producers can use to assess their financial status via benchmarking...comparing their operations to those of their peers in their region of the state:  that tool has just been updated with the latest economic information from the Kansas Farm Management Association.

July 31, 2019
Cooperative Leadership Opportunities

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, look ahead to two informational meetings that will be held consecutively in August:  the K-State Symposium on Cooperative Issues and the K-C-C Leadership Roundtable...these are designed for farmers in cooperative leadership positions and agricultural cooperative managers and employees.

July 31, 2019

Newsletters, Podcasts and Blogs

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In the Cattle Markets (LMIC) October 14, 2019
Cattle Chat - Weekly Podcast from K-State Beef Cattle Institute

Recent episodes:


Episode 76: October 11, 2019 - Listener Question, Antimicrobial Definitions, Culling Cows, Top “O”‘s of Culling, Vaccinating Fall Calving Herds

Episode 75: October 4, 2019 - Listener Question, Grazing Sorghum, Trace Minerals, Top Mineral Considerations, Vaccinating Spring Calving Cows

Episode 74: September 27, 2019 - Dustin Questions, Ultrasound Guidelines Council, Pre-Processing Check, Tips for Pre-Processing Facility Check, New Facility Questions, Facility Costs

October 11, 2019
Focused on the Grains Blog

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