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May 15, 2018

On today’s episode: optimizing grain sorghum planting, including the merits of narrow-row sorghum; research on cover crops for the drier growing regions of Kansas; successful recovery efforts on behalf of the river otter…

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.

00:00:00 – Grain Sorghum Planting:  Concluding his series on spring row crop planting, K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti talks about optimizing the results of grain sorghum planting:  he looks at matching seeding rates to growing conditions in a given field, and at the merits of narrow-row sorghum.

00:11:29 – Cover Crops For Dryer Regions:  K-State soil scientist Augustine Obour reports on his latest research on cover crops for the drier growing regions of Kansas, evaluating several cover crop options for their soil improvement and water conservation traits, as well as for their forage production...he'll be demonstrating this work at a special cover crops field day hosted by K-State near Hays next week.

00:22:59 – River Otters:  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the successful recovery efforts on behalf of the river otter, which is now abundant in numerous streams and rivers in Kansas. 

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