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Mar 13, 2019

On today’s episode: A two-part discussion about planting alfalfa, new variety trials and management of newly seeded alfalfa; a new approach to diagnose pregnancy in beef cows and heifers; and Gus van der Hoeven’s weekly look at rural Kansas living.

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 – Planting & Managing Alfalfa, Part 1: K-State crop production specialist Romulo Lollato talks about planting a new alfalfa stand this spring:  he shares information on the new low-lignin and glyphosate-tolerant alfalfa varieties, and how well they have performed in independent field trials...and he looks at nutrient management for newly seeded alfalfa.

00:12:53 – Planting & Managing Alfalfa, Part 2: Lollato continues the examination of low-lignin alfalfa varieties ... and he looks at nutrient management for newly seeded alfalfa.

00:24:16 – New Approach to Cow Pregnancy Checks: K-State beef production specialist Sandy Johnson talks about a relatively new approach to diagnosing pregnancies in beef cows and heifers: conducting a glycoprotein test to determine pregnancy, and how it compares to the conventional methods, palpation and ultrasound...she spoke on this topic at the recent K-State Cattlemen's Day.

00:32:36 – Stop, Look and Listen: K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents his weekly commentary on life in rural Kansas.

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