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Mar 28, 2019

On today’s episode: overly-saturated soils around Kansas have delayed spring fieldwork; USDA support is available to producers struggling with flood damage and livestock loss; agricultural news; starting your own vegetable seedlings…

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 – Overly-Saturated Soils:  K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley talks about overly-saturated soils around Kansas which have delayed spring fieldwork, and the potential for soil compaction if producers travel across wet fields:  she goes over simple ways of identifying that possibility beforehand...and she talks about using cover crops to protect newly-repaired field conservation structures.

00:12:59 – Emergency Assistance Options:  The state director of the Farm Service Agency, David Schemm, goes over the USDA support available to producers in the flood-stricken parts of northeast Kansas under the Emergency Conservation Program, as well as the assistance still available to livestock producers under the Livestock Indemnity Program and Emergency Livestock Assistance Program.

00:24:28 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, including this week’s Kansas soybean update.

00:32:58 – Starting Vegetable Transplants:  K-State vegetable crop specialist Cary Rivard talks about starting warm-season vegetable transplants from seed, saying there's still time for home growers to do so before those transplants need to go into the garden.

 

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