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Sep 10, 2018

On today’s episode: the weekly livestock market update; insights from a new analysis of cow-calf profitability; the 2018 K-State Beef Stocker Field Day will be September 20th in Manhattan; looking ahead to 48 Hours of 4-H…

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 – Livestock Market Update:  The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, provides this week's comments on the cattle market trends:  he goes over the latest, and highly-favorable, USDA beef export numbers...and he remarks on the recent weakness in the cull cow market, which he expects to turn around heading into the winter.

00:12:59 – Boosting Cow-Calf Profitability:  K-State livestock economist Dustin Pendell talks about his new analysis of cow-calf profitability, based on Kansas Farm Management Association records...it shows that the gross income generated by the herd and cost management are equally important to that profitability, which is something of a new revelation.

00:24:28 – Beef Stocker Field Day:  K-State beef specialist Dale Blasi previews the 2018 K-State Beef Stocker Field Day coming up on September 20th in Manhattan.

00:32:59 – 48 Hours of 4-H:  K-State 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw focuses on the statewide 48 Hours of 4-H service challenge coming up in mid-October.

 

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