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Sep 12, 2018

On today’s episode: modifying crop plants for greater water efficiency; improving the climate resistance of corn and grain sorghum; the latest agricultural news; this week’s “Stop, Look and Listen” from Gus van der Hoeven…

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.

NOTE: Two guests from the 2018 Plant Science Symposium hosted by Kansas State University last week, where leading plant scientists from around the nation gathered to discuss the theme, "The 2050 Challenge:  The Role of Agriculture in Addressing the Global Needs."

00:01:30 – Modifying Crop Plants for Greater Water Use Efficiency:  Crop physiologist Thomas Sinclair of North Carolina State University talks about his efforts to modify crop plants for greater water use efficiency...seeking crop genetics that limit the plant's water transpiration rate.

00:012:59 – Improving Climate Resistance of Corn and Grain Sorghum:  Plant geneticist Mitch Tuinstra of Purdue University talks about his work to improve the climate resistance of corn and grain sorghum...attempting to incorporate the favorable grain production traits of corn into grain sorghum, while also trying to instill grain sorghum's heat and drought tolerance traits in corn.

00:24:30 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines.

00:33:00 – "Stop, Look and Listen":  K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.


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