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Jul 16, 2020

• Hedging feedlot cattle in the futures market as a way to manage price risk

• The latest Cattle Chat podcast

• Agricultural news, and the Kansas soybean update

• Home landscape insect pests…

00:01:30 – Hedging Feedlot Cattle:  K-State agricultural economist Brian Coffey talks about his new study of hedging feedlot cattle in the futures market as a way to manage price risk...he compared the economic returns to hedged and non-hedged cattle over the last 10 years, to gauge the effectiveness of hedging in mitigating that risk.

00:12:52 – Beef Cattle Institute Podcast:  From the latest Cattle Chat podcast out of the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State, veterinarians Bob Larson and Brad White and cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber go over things to think about when considering culling bulls from the breeding herd...looking at both genetics and overall calf output.

00:24:12 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, including this week’s Kansas soybean update.

00:32:14 – Home Landscape Insect Pests:  K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd advises homeowners and gardeners about controlling Japanese beetles on roses and other ornamental plants, squash vine borer damage to vegetable crops, and spider mite activity on an assortment of plants.


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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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