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Aug 2, 2018

On today’s episode: Two of the featured speakers at the 2018 Nitrogen Use Efficiency Conference hosted this week by the K-State Department of Agronomy; the day's agricultural news headlines; current insect activity in home landscapes and gardens…

Agriculture Today is a daily program featuring Kansas State University agricultural specialists and other experts examining ag issues facing Kansas and the nation. It is hosted by Eric Atkinson and distributed to radio stations throughout Kansas and as a daily podcast.

00:01:29 – Better Tools for Nitrogen Applications:  USDA-ARS soil scientist Newell Kitchen talks about a new research initiative which aims to develop better decision-making tools for producers to use in their nitrogen application management...this is being done in partnership with land-grant universities and the crop input industry.

00:12:58 – Environmental Impact of Nitrogen Applications:  University of Wisconsin Extension crop nutrient specialist Carrie Laboski talks about her work on the timing of nitrogen applications and the ensuing environmental impact, particularly with respect to water resources...this was a broad-ranging study conducted on farms across eight states.

00:24:28 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and Greg Akagi has this week’s Kansas soybean update.

00:32:59 – Insects on Ornamentals:  K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd talks about dealing with more insect activity in home landscapes and gardens...among the pests he highlights are lacebugs and cicada killers on and around landscape ornamentals.


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