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K-State Research and Extension: Looking Back at 2019 and Ahead to 2020

The director for Extension at K-State, Gregg Hadley, reflects on the achievements of the Cooperative Extension Service in Kansas this past year, and looks forward to Extension's game plan for 2020: he talks about the emphasis on programs dealing with rural stress, a priority that will carry over into the new year, as well as other 2020 initiatives in the areas of succession planning and local food systems.

December 17, 2019
Trends in Farm Management Research

K-State agricultural economist Terry Griffin talks about a different kind of analysis he has just finished up:  he tallied articles from a highly-respected journal to identify trends in farm management research, which indicated to him where such research might best be directed going forward.

December 13, 2019
Economic Impacts of Cattle Traceability

K-State livestock economist Dustin Pendell and graduate researcher Hannah Shear go over their just-released analysis of the economics associated with a cattle traceability system featuring individual animal identification. They look at which sector of the beef cattle industry would bear the largest share of traceability costs, as well as the potential economic payoffs of having a traceability system in place.

December 9, 2019
Year-End Farm and Ranch Management

The executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Kevin Herbel, discusses a number of end-of-year farm and ranch management topics: conducting a thorough evaluation of where the operation stands financially at year's end, and setting goals for 2020, ways of identifying the operation's financial position and creating a cash flow projection for the months ahead, and using financial benchmarking and other tools. He says that this should go beyond the normal end-of-year tax management.

December 3, 2019
Propane Market Issues

K-State agricultural economist Gregg Ibendahl talks about his new analysis of the propane market issues that have arisen in the central plains and Midwest this fall, prompted in good part, he says, by localized surges in propane demand because of the late corn harvest...he looks at the ensuing hike in propane prices, and when those prices might settle back down going into winter.

November 27, 2019
Flex Lease For Crop Producers

K-State agricultural economist Mykel Taylor talks about the "flex lease" approach to renting crop ground, which is drawing more attention from producers...she explains how a flex lease works, saying that it offers an alternate way of distributing crop production risk between tenant and landlord.

November 21, 2019
Kansas Agricultural Mediation Service

The staff attorney with Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services at K-State, Forrest Buhler, talks about the expanded range of service that program can now provide to producers who are contending with financial challenges...he offers input on what producers in that situation should think about as lending notes come due after harvest.

November 21, 2019
Precision Agriculture Recap

Terry Griffin offers his take on what's up and coming in the field of precision farming technology, with autonomous and robotic field work systems leading the way. He also talks about the economics of investing in precision technology, and tells of several opportunities for producers to learn more about precision systems that would fit their operations, including the annual precision technology conference to be hosted by the Kansas Agricultural Research and Technology Association.

November 14, 2019
Crop Production Budgets

Gregg Ibendahl discusses the update of K-State’s crop production budgets for producers to use in planning for the 2020 cropping year.

November 13, 2019
Financial Workshops for Women in Agriculture

From the Department of Agricultural Economics at K-State, Robin Reid and LaVell Windsor talk about a new series of K-State financial workshops for women in agriculture that will be taking place at 31 sites around the state in early 2020...they'll go over what this first-of-its-kind series will cover, encouraging potential participants to register for the session closest to them as soon as possible.

November 8, 2019
Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance

K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer invites forage and grassland managers to look at the USDA's Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance program as a way of managing the risk of drought losses to pasture and forage resources...the deadline for enrolling in this coverage for the 2020 calendar year is a week from this Friday.

November 6, 2019
The Financial State of Cooperatives

The director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at K-State, Brian Briggeman, talks about the financial state of agricultural cooperatives in Kansas as another crop production season winds down. He says that co-ops are facing their own economic obstacles, much as producers are.

October 31, 2019
Economic State of Kansas Farms

From the Farm Analyst program at K-State, director Duane Hund and senior analyst LaVell Windsor discuss the economic state of Kansas farms as 2019 winds down…they also go over the services that the program provides to producers in evaluating farm enterprises, and mapping out a game plan for addressing those challenges.

October 29, 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
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

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