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Mar 29, 2018

On today’s episode: research on the movement of African swine fever virus through feed and feed ingredients; merging plant science with the crop performance data; watch for wood-boring insects that may start showing up on woody ornamentals…

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.

00:00:00 – The Fight Against African Swine Fever K-State veterinarian Megan Niederwerder talks about her research on the movement of African swine fever virus through feed and feed ingredients...important work that could go a long way toward preventing this extraordinarily costly disease from turning up in U.S. hog production...she and colleagues are conducting this study at the Biosecurity Research Institute laboratories at K-State.

00:11:29 – Emerging Frontiers in Corn Hybrids:  The presenter of this year's Elmer Heyne Lecture on Crop Science at K-State:  a senior research scientist with DuPont Pioneer, Charlie Messina, talks about his work on merging plant science with the mass of crop performance data now being collected with new technology...he has come up with a scientific model to achieve that in corn hybrid development.

00:22:59 – Watch for Wood–Boring Insects:  For this week's horticultural segment, K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd advises homeowners to take action against wood-boring insects that may start showing up on woody ornamentals...that includes reducing the stress on those trees and shrubs via a deep watering.

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