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Mar 21, 2019

On today’s episode: vitamin and mineral deficiency cases in newborn beef calves; the wildfire potential in Kansas as spring comes on; agricultural news, and the latest “Kansas Soybean Update”; planting and managing asparagus in home gardens…

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 – Newborn Beef Calves Struggling with Malnutrition:  K-State veterinarian Steve Ensley talks about the unusually-high number of vitamin and mineral deficiency cases in newborn beef calves so far this year, as identified by the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at K-State...he looks at the likely cause of that problem and responding to it, and he tells about the laboratory's new sampling capabilities that allow for a rapid diagnosis.

00:13:00 – Spring Wildfire Outlook:  The assistant fire management officer with the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, Jason Hartman, looks at the wildfire potential in Kansas as spring comes on, and he offers several suggestions on protecting one's farmstead or other rural dwelling in the event of a wildfire locally.

00:24:30 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, including this week’s Kansas soybean update.

00:33:00 – Asparagus:  K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about early spring management of established garden asparagus, and about planting new asparagus beds.


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