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Jul 12, 2018

On today’s episode: developing regulations on industrial hemp production research in Kansas; looking back through 25 years of crop weed control in Kansas; the day's agricultural news headlines; drought-stressed home lawns are fighting three issues…

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 – Industrial Hemp Production:  State weed specialist Scott Marsh of the Kansas Department of Agriculture discusses two agriculture-related actions taken by the 2018 Kansas legislature:  the establishment of a procedure for developing regulations on industrial hemp production research in Kansas, and changes to the state noxious weed control statute which will streamline the process of adding new invasive species to the noxious weed list.

00:12:59 – Looking Back:  K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson talks about the changes in crop weed control in Kansas over the last 25 years, and the ongoing need for good stewardship in weed management, as he concludes his 40-year career in the field with his retirement from K-State Research and Extension next week.

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

00:32:58 – Lawn Care Issues:  K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about three issues that are putting pressure on drought-stressed home lawns, and what to do about them:  grubs, yellow nutsedge and brown patch disease.


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