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Kansas Bluestem Pasture Report

The director of the Land Use Survey Center at K-State, Leah Tsoodle, talks about the just-released 2019 Kansas Bluestem Pasture Report, a biennial survey of management practices in the Flint Hills region of Kansas which serves as a benchmark for pasture rental rates and other aspects of grazing management in the state.

July 2, 2019
Meet the New Dean

The newly-named dean of the College of Agriculture at K-State, Ernie Minton, shares his aspirations for the college in the areas of education, research and Extension outreach under his leadership, and talks about the immediate priorities that he intends to address.

June 26, 2019
Generations and Precision Cropping

Terry Griffin and Alex Shanoyan take a look at how the generational makeup of a farm impacts the rate that farm adopts new precision cropping technology...this is part of an ongoing, multi-layered analysis of farm management decisions made by the different farming generations, based on several years of Kansas Farm Management Association data.

June 25, 2019
The Age Demographics of Kansas Farms

Terry Griffin and Beth Yeager talk more about the age demographics of Kansas farms, based on Kansas Farm Management Association data, and the impact of the different farming generations on decisions to adopt precision agricultural technology...this analysis sheds light on important trends of interest to producers and technology providers.

June 24, 2019
Special USDA Announcement

K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer looks at the new allowances for crop producers who want to plant cover crops on prevented planted acres, as announced yesterday by the USDA...and he has the latest on the Market Facilitation Program payments relating to prevented planting.

June 21, 2019
Farm Family Living Expenses

The executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Kevin Herbel, talks about trends in farm family living expenses, as indicated in the latest K-F-M-A data, and how those expenses factor into the profitability of Kansas farms:  he talks about the main living expenses and how farm families have managed those as farm income has declined over the past several years.

June 21, 2019
Kansas Farm Operations - The Generations

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Gregg Ibendahl discuss the initial findings of a research series on the generational makeup of Kansas farm operations, and how that impacts managerial decisions on the farm. They've tapped KFMA data to examine this, and report on two areas of interest, beginning with the actual breakdown on generations in both sole proprietorship and multi-proprietor farm, and also the generational effect on net farm income. 

June 20, 2019
Financial Options for Corn Producers

Monte Vandeveer shares his new analysis of the options afforded corn producers under the crop insurance prevented planting provisions, with his projected trade aid payment levels tied in. He has projected the economic returns of different scenarios, figuring in likely corn price trends in the advent of a short U.S. corn crop. He also talks about a new K-State spreadsheet tool that producers can use to calculate the best option for their situation.

June 6, 2019
Trade Aid for Farmers

K-State agricultural economist Joe Janzen discusses the probable market impact of another round of "trade aid" for farmers, based on past experiences...he looks at the direct payment approach which was taken last year with the Market Facilitation Program, as well as many years of surplus grain purchases by the government for humanitarian purposes.

May 15, 2019
Kansas Net Farm Income Report

A detailed look at the just-released Kansas Net Farm Income report for 2018 from the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State. This report is widely regarded as an important indicator of the economic health of production agriculture in the state. This year it shows a notable improvement in average net farm income, but with a major caveat that must be taken into account: the impact of the Market Facilitation Payments program. Kevin Herbel and KFMA economists discuss NFI across the six regions of the state and also take a look at the ongoing challenges in farm equity.

May 9, 2019
Kansas Land Values Book

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor announces that K-State's new Kansas Land Values Book is available to agricultural producers and others with an interest in farm and ranch land value trends. It features county-by-county land values that can be used as a benchmark for determining the value of a given parcel of land.

May 6, 2019
Basis Convergence in Grain Prices

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks about how the lack of basis convergence in the grain markets can hamper a producer's ability to successfully forward-contract grain sales. She reported her research findings on this impact to the attendees at the 2019 Agriculture Commodity Futures Conference co-sponsored by Kansas State University earlier this month.

April 26, 2019
Futures Market Price Limits

K-State agricultural economist Joe Janzen talks about the effects of futures market price limits on commodity price movement following significant market news events...that's a topic he spoke on at the recent Agricultural Commodity Futures Conference hosted by Kansas State University and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

April 19, 2019
Machinery Investment and Farm Profitability

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Gregg Ibendahl report on their latest economic analysis of the top farms economically in Kansas, based on Kansas Farm Management Association data...this time, they looked at how machinery investments affect farm profitability, and the result was just the opposite of what they had expected.

April 12, 2019
Top Economic Performers

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Gregg Ibendhal continue their series on the factors that lead to top-performing farms economically in Kansas, based on Kansas Farm Management Association data:  they've recently analyzed the influence of farm size and debt management on farm profitability, and talk about what they've discovered.

March 27, 2019
New Approach to Groundwater Conservation

K-State agricultural economist Bill Golden covers his new report on the impacts of the Local Enhanced Management Area on irrigation water use and farm profitability in Sheridan County, where the first-ever L-E-M-A was established...his analysis indicates that this approach to groundwater conservation is succeeding at an impressive level, reducing water use while sustaining good economic returns to producers.

March 26, 2019
Farmer Cooperatives

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, talks about the contribution of farmer cooperatives to the Kansas economy...that's the subject a new study conducted by the center which illustrates the economic importance of cooperatives to local and regional economies in the state.

March 18, 2019
Renewable Fuel Standard

K-State agricultural economist Nathan Hendricks talks about how renewable fuels policy has affected agricultural land use decisions in the United States:  his research shows the effect is actually less than previous research on the subject had indicated. It is one part of a just-released study by multiple researchers of how the Renewable Fuel Standard has impacted the environment.

March 15, 2019

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