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A selection of fully produced segments are made available weekly on the "For Radio Stations" page at the K-State Research and Extension news page.

Captioned episodes are available on our Agriculture Today YouTube page.

Feb 25, 2021

• Should you make last-minute changes to your ARC/PLC selection?

• An analysis of grain farm expenses trends

• Agricultural news, and the Kansas soybean update

• Basic principles of home landscaping…

00:01:30 – Time to Make Program Changes?:  K-State farm economist Robin Reid talks about the circumstances that might lead crop producers to make last-minute changes in their ARC/PLC selection for 2021 crops...she points to the concerns about the state of the winter wheat crop, as well as worries about a dry growing season for row crops, as the catalyst for possibly reconsidering one's ARC/PLC election...and she goes over what the numbers say about which is more beneficial.

00:12:56 – Grain Farm Expenses:  K-State farm management economist Gregg Ibendhal covers his brand-new analysis of Kansas grain farm expenses trends...he used 42 years of Kansas Farm Management Association Data to identify trends in machinery, seed, fertilizer and herbicide, interest payments, and other expense categories...he says this is a good indicator of where producers should concentrate their cost management.

00:24:15 – Ag News:  Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headlines; also, this week’s Kansas soybean update.

00:32:18 – Basic Principles of Home Landscaping:  West Plains Extension District horticulture agent Anthony Reardon discusses some basic principles of home landscaping via ornamental plant selection...he'll be leading a K-State Garden Hour webinar on that topic next Wednesday.


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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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