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Oct 18, 2018

On today’s episode: exploring the possibilities of industrial hemp production in Kansas; Central Kansas Extension District agent Tom Maxwell stops by for a chat; there are plenty of fall projects waiting in the home landscape…

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. 

Two speakers at a special forum on industrial hemp production as part of the K-State Research and Extension Annual Conference yesterday:

00:01:30 – Exploring Industrial Hemp:  University of Kentucky plant and soil scientist David Williams talks about his four years of agronomic research on industrial help production, revolving around the three main commercial uses of this crop...he sees hemp as a possible candidate for crop rotations in Kansas, stressing at the same time that a great lot still needs to be learned about it.

00:12:59 – K-State Research and Extension Annual Conference:  In the next of this week's series of conversations with Extension agricultural agents who are attending the conference this week, Central Kansas Extension District agent Tom Maxwell tells how the year has gone for crop producers in his area.

00:24:28 – Insect Pests in Hemp:  Colorado State University entomologist Whitney Cranshaw shares his findings on insect pests that can hamper industrial hemp production, most notably the corn earworm, and the approved control options that appear to work best against it.

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

00:32:58 – Fall Projects for the Home Landscape:  Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton talks about late seeding of cool-season lawns, fall pruning of landscape ornamentals, and planting spring-flowering bulbs.


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