Jul 23, 2018
On today’s episode: Cattle market update; early-weaned calf study; ag news; Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in 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 – Cattle market update: Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University is featured on this week's cattle market segment: he reviews the numbers from the USDA's latest cattle-on-feed and cattle inventory reports which were released last Friday afternoon, and he remarks on the market impact of stocker cattle being taken off drought-stressed pastures early.
00:12:50 – Early-weaned calf study: K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner looks at the growth performance of early-weaned beef calves, based on K-State research which demonstrated that when managed correctly, early-weaned calves are capable of utilizing dry feeds at a high feed-to-gain conversion rate.
00:24:20 – Ag News: Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines.
00:32:51 – STEM in 4-H: On this week's 4-H segment, Johnson County Extension director Tara Markley and 4-H volunteer Nancy Bergdall discuss a community grant program that helped local youth gain a better understanding of career opportunities in agriculture through science, technology, engineering and math.
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