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Jun 14, 2018

On today’s episode: thermal crop images can improve corn irrigation efficiency; comments on the current state of native pastures around Kansas, some of which remain under drought stress; agricultural news headlines; controlling bagworms and spider mites…

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 – Thermal Crop Images for Irrigation Efficiency:  K-State precision agricultural engineer Ajay Sharda talks about using thermal crop images to improve corn irrigation efficiency...using drones to capture those images to create crop water stress maps that producers can use to more effectively target their irrigation where needed in the field.

00:13:00 – Pasture Condition Update:  K-State pasture management specialist Walt Fick comments on the current state of native pastures around Kansas, some of which remain under drought stress...and he talks about controlling two invasive plant species found commonly in the eastern two-thirds of the state:  roughleaf dogwood and smooth sumac.

00:24:29 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, and Greg Akagi has this week’s “Kansas soybean update.”

00:33:01 – Bagworms, Spider Mites:  K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd offers an update on bagworm control for evergreens and other woody ornamentals, and he addresses spider mite concerns in landscape plantings and garden vegetables.


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