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Feb 21, 2019

On today’s episode: Highlights from yesterday’s webinar on growing industrial hemp for research purposes in Kansas; agricultural news, and the latest “Kansas Soybean Update”; results from K-State’s latest tomato production trials…

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.

Highlights from a special webinar conducted by K-State yesterday on growing industrial hemp for research purposes in Kansas

00:01:29 – Industrial Hemp – Legal Requirements:  The compliance education and outreach coordinator with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Dana Ladner, goes over the stringent legal requirements that researchers and producers must meet to produce industrial hemp in the state, including obtaining a license for doing so, with the deadline for this year being March 1st.

00:12:59 – Industrial Hemp – Agronomic Traits:  The director of K-State's John C. Pair Horticulture Center, Jason Griffin, goes over the agronomic traits of industrial hemp, and what research and experiences in other states have shown about what it takes to achieve good yields, either for fiber or for grain.

00:24:21 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, including this week’s Kansas soybean update.

00:32:50 – Growing Your BEST Tomatoes:   K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about the tomato varieties that have scored well in K-State's latest tomato production trials, evaluating for both yield and fruit size.


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