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Sep 11, 2018

On today’s episode: a new study of factors that allow farms to consistently remain profitable over time; a new computer model for wheat combines crop physiology and genetics; today’s agricultural news; the ups and downs of livestock guardian dogs…

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.

00:01:30 – Maintaining a Consistent Farm Income:  K-State agricultural economist Beth Yeager discusses her new study of the persistence of farm financial performance...using Kansas Farm Management Association data, she looked at the stability of individual farm income over a five-year span and the factors that allowed farms to consistently remain profitable over time.

00:13:00 – Computer Modeling for Wheat:  K-State agronomist Stephen Welch talks about a new project which will develop a new computer model for wheat that will combine crop physiology and genetics to predict how different wheat varieties will perform in different environments...with the end goal of improving wheat yields, breeding programs and in-field crop management.

00:24:30 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines, along with this week's edition of "Milk Lines."

00:32:59 – Livestock Guardian Dogs:  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about livestock guardian dogs and their ability to fend off predation on livestock herds and flocks...and a new report that looks at some of the problems associated with their use.


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