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Aug 14, 2018

On today’s episode: grain sorghum producers are reporting significant pest outbreaks, especially chinch bugs; controlling weeds on harvested wheat ground; today’s agricultural news; proposed improvements to zinc phosphide as a rodent control product…

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.

00:01:30 – Grain Sorghum Pests:  K-State crop entomologist Jeff Whitworth reports on widespread insect concerns in Kansas grain sorghum stands currently, led by an outburst of chinch bugs...he talks about why making control decisions for those and for sorghum headworms aren't as clear-cut as the grower might like.

00:12:59 – Weed Control Today, Moisture Savings Tomorrow:  K-State agronomist Lucas Haag discusses controlling weeds on harvested wheat ground in late summer, and how that favorably impacts dryland corn and sorghum yields on those acres the following year...he cites extensive K-State research conducted in west-central Kansas on the moisture savings that weed control creates.

00:24:29 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, along with this week's edition of "Milk Lines."

00:32:59 – Rodent Control:  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about proposed improvements to zinc phosphide as a rodent control product commonly used in agricultural settings.


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