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Feb 13, 2020

• Special considerations for cover crop lease agreements

• Incorporating cover crops into cropping systems when grazing is a primary goal

• Agricultural news, and the Kansas soybean update

• Pruning fruit trees…

Two of the featured speakers at the 2020 Midwest Cover Crops Council Annual Conference this week near Kansas City, co-sponsored by K-State, the University of Nebraska and the University of Missouri.

00:01:30 – Cover Crop Lease Agreements:  University of Nebraska agricultural economist Jay Parsons discusses management considerations to be included in a cover crop lease agreement between a crop producer and a livestock operator, which should account for risk management...he says there is no "one size fits all" lease agreement, meaning that such leases must be crafted carefully.

00:12:35 – Grazing Considerations for Cover Crops:  University of Nebraska beef systems specialist Mary Drewnoski talks about lessons she has learned about incorporating cover crops into cropping systems when grazing was a primary goal...she looks at cover crop selection based on biomass production, forage quality and timing of grazing.

00:23:54 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, including this week’s Kansas soybean update.

00:32:12 – Pruning Fruit Trees:  K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about pruning fruit trees anytime from now until spring green-up.


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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.


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