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Aug 9, 2018

On today’s episode: correcting acidic soils with a lime application before planting a new stand of alfalfa this fall; excerpts from the latest Cattle Chat podcas; the day's agricultural news headlines; harvesting home-grown apples, peaches and pears…

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 – Correcting Acidic Soils with Lime:  K-State crop nutrient specialist Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz talks about correcting acidic soils with a lime application before planting a new stand of alfalfa this fall...he goes over why balancing that soil pH is essential for good alfalfa establishment and growth, and he discusses lime application rates and methods of application.

00:13:01 – BCI Cattle Chat Podcast:  Excerpts from another Cattle Chat podcast from the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State:  this time, veterinarian Brad White, cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber and livestock economist Dustin Pendell discuss genetic management of crossbred cattle and supplemental feeding considerations for the cow-calf herd to round out the summer and heading into fall.

00:24:31 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and Greg Akagi has this week’s Kansas soybean update.

00:33:05 – Harvest Time:  K-State horticulturist Ward Upham looks at determining when home-grown apples, peaches and pears are ready to pick.


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