Agriculture Today
Agriculture Today
Jan 26, 2021
Wheat forage trial for grazing cattle; commercial cow-calf record keeping
Play • 41 min
  • @KSUwheat shares wheat variety forage trial results for grazing cattle
  • Commercial cow-calf herd record keeping tips
  • Ag news
  • Fleas in prairie dog colonies

00:01:29 – Wheat Variety Forage Trial Results: K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato reports on the findings from his latest wheat variety forage production trial, which he conducts each fall. This information is useful to cattle producers who graze calves or cow herds on wheat pasture in the fall and winter.

00:12:51 – Cow-Calf Record Keeping: K-State beef cattle specialist Sandy Johnson discusses principles of good record-keeping for the commercial cow-calf herd. She goes over the kinds of recorded information that's of value to the producer, and talks about useful tools from K-State and elsewhere for this purpose.

00:24:17 – Ag News: Eric Atkinson covers the day's agricultural news headline; K-State horticulturist Cheryl Boyer previews a special kick-off webinar for a new project, which will investigate the impact of the pandemic on food and agricultural systems. That webinar takes place this Thursday, and all agricultural stakeholders are invited to participate; and Milk Lines with K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk.

00:32:42 – Fleas in Prairie Dog Colonies: On this week's wildlife management segment, former K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee covers a new study of prairie ecosystem disruptions caused by flea infestations in prairie dog colonies.

Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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.

K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Soil Sense
Soil Sense
NDSU Extension
Grazing Livestock for Soil Health
For many farmers on this journey to improve their soil health, incorporating livestock is something they hope to do in the future. This can and will introduce a whole new layer of complexity into the system. How many cattle are appropriate? What will they need in terms of fencing, water, etc.? What will the benefits be to the land? What should be considered in an economic arrangement with a rancher? These were some of the questions discussed on our grazing panel at the _DIRT Workshop_. Today you’ll hear from: * _Dr. Kevin Sedivec_, Extension Rangeland Management Specialist at North Dakota State University Extension and Director of the Central Grasslands Research Extension Center * _Dr. Miranda Meehan_, Extension Livestock Environmental Stewardship Specialist also at NDSU * _Jerry Doan_, rancher from McKenzie, ND Also on this panel was _Mary Keena_, Extension Livestock Environmental Management Specialist at NDSU. But you won’t hear from Mary today, as we’re going to do a full episode with her on compost and manure later in this season. “Just the idea of the hoof action and the urine and the manure that creates this different micro-population that adds a new value and a new component that then benefits your soil microbic population, which then helps you break down and create more organic matter in time. So livestock to me is one of those tools that in my opinion has been a no brainer to add. It's a quick way to add economic return on that land base.” - Dr. Kevin Sedivec Dr. Sedivec goes on to highlight that long term management adjustments should be seen as a long term investment. “Don’t expect to see dollar savings the first year you do this.”  Continuing soil health practices and incorporating livestock over multiple years will provide the best benefit for producers. Admittedly, it is a complicated process to isolate the value the livestock bring to the cropping system and the cropping system brings to the livestock. Dr. Miranda Meehan is involved in research to better define and answer that problem.  Her studies focus on the “carrying capacity” of fields that incorporate the type of cattle to be added, the life-stage they are in, the length of time for grazing and the amount of cover crop residue the producer wants to maintain. She also offers how to choose the appropriate cover crop mixture that works well for your operation and helps “increase nutritional quality and maintain the nutritional plain” for the grazing livestock. “You know, people ask me all the time, can I build soil health without livestock? And I say, yeah, sure, you can, but you'll get there 10 times faster with livestock.” - Jerry Doan Doan’s operation has three main goals at the moment; trying to reduce winter feed costs, increasing the soil health of his crop lands and incorporating wildlife preservation into his operation. Doan shares all the many signs he has seen on his land that indicate increased soil health including worm populations and better granulated soil. Connect with Soil Sense: * _Soil Sense Initiative _ Soil Sense Podcast is hosted by _Tim Hammerich_ of the _Future of Agriculture Podcast_.
30 min
Farm4Profit Podcast
Farm4Profit Podcast
Tanner Winterhof, David Whitaker, Corey Hillebo
Your Soil is the Key to More Profit
Introduction * You are one in a million. We appreciate you taking your time to spend with us and for choosing to listen to our podcast. * Thank you again for suggesting topics for us to talk about on the podcast and keep them coming. Send those to farm4profitllc@gmail.com or find us all over social media. * We greatly appreciate your help in growing our audience. * Listener Review: - @andycoates – that was a good one, keep them coming! What’s Working in AG – BW Fusion – Understanding Biologicals Brody Benton. https://bw-fusion.com/contact-us/ * Biology + Fertility + Nutritionals + Monitoring = Better whole farm ROI (Farm4Profit) * Think about you as a human. Your genes play a major role in your ability. However, if you put yourself in the right environment and maintain a proper diet you have a chance to increase your potential. Don’t forget a regular check-up! * Spring products * 401 Seed Treatment * 501 * Why are these “Working in Ag” (Root mass, yield bump, cold germ) * Fall Products * BD Biocast * Meltdown * What are they doing for you? (breaks down residue, machine wear) * What is BW Fusion * Joint effort of Bio-Dyne USA and Wells AG Supply * Owners? * Focus to bring new and unique products to the market to focus on fertility and plant nutrition * Contact information and promotion Main Topic – Understanding your soils * Bodie Kitchel is the National Director of Agronomy at Biodyne-USA and is also the owner and Regional Business Director for Next Level Ag * Starting in 2015, Next Level Ag has been testing soil and plant tissue samples, analyzing the results, and converting them into valuable information - all while keeping the farmer’s perspective at the forefront. * We talked to Bodie during our what’s working in AG segment about Next Level Ag and how their process of monitoring a crop and treating it like an investment is important. Today we are going to pick his brain about making sure we maximize the potential of our available farm ground and the crop we plant. Then make sure we feed that potential * Realistically today, talking corn and soybeans, what is the true potential of the hybrids we have access to for yield? * Why is it important to take a systems approach to managing your crop? * When you meet a new customer for the first time….where do you start with them? * Let’s start with the soil first…why is microbial diversity important? * Why aren’t there more farmers paying attention to the microbes in their soils? * Explain the underwear test * So, say we take soil tests and aren’t happy with the way they look. Of course, we understand them because we worked with Next Level Ag and your education and way of explaining them made it clear…….What are some steps we can take to start correcting this? * How do you use WEOC (Water extractable organic carbon) figures to proceed? * Explain WEOC * Should we do whole fields or leave check strips? * How do mixing biologicals like what Brody talked about with BW Fusion help with this? * How do we bust the myth or hesitation with the many biologicals on the market and the often referred to snake oil, foofoo juice, mouse milk, monkey juice, special sauce, etc.. * What should we look out for when approached by a sales person selling these products? (proof, testing, openness) * Famous tiktok about taking yields to the banker adding all the +3-5 bushels/ac * Ok, so we’ve started to take care of our soil and have the crop planted. What can we do in season to help boost the potential of our crop? * Sampling * How often and what does it cost? * Potential unlocked, how do we feed this potential? * How do we know we are maximizing the potential? * 365 plug * Understanding the why behind the what * We’ve fed the crop, reached the most potential we could get. Now what can we do after harvest to begin for next year? * What are some things commonly done in farming that aren’t good combinations? * Spreading p&k and lime in the fall like Hillebo, etc… * Any additional advice for the listeners? * Out of the farmers you work with. What do the most successful farmers all have in common? * Summary * Challenge * Closing * Remind the listener to leave a comment if this episode brought them value. Ask them to like, leave a review where they listen, and share with their friends. They can always send topic ideas to farm4profitllc@gmail.com
1 hr 1 min
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food
Koen van Seijen
106 Eric Smith on why regenerative agriculture is a neglected climate opportunity for the Grantham Foundation
A dive deep into regenerative agriculture and investments in agroforestry, virtual fencing, biochar, microbes, and remote sensing with Eric Smith, Head of the Neglected Climate Opportunities at the Grantham Foundation. ----------------------------------------------------- Join our Gumroad community, discover the tiers and benefits on www.gumroad.com/investinginregenag. Other ways to support our work: - Share the podcast - Give a 5-star rating - Or buy us a coffee… or a meal! www.Ko-fi.com/regenerativeagriculture.  ------------------------------------------------------  Imagine having complete freedom along with a large portfolio meant to focus on the neglected climate change opportunities in the world. Learn what the Grantham Foundation is doing with it! More about this episode on https://investinginregenerativeagriculture.com/eric-smith. Find our video course here: https://investinginregenerativeagriculture.com/course/ ----------------------------------------------------------- For feedback, ideas, suggestions please contact us through Twitter @KoenvanSeijen, or get in touch through the website www.investinginregenerativeagriculture.com. Join our newsletter on www.eepurl.com/cxU33P. The above references an opinion and is for information and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice. Support the show (https://www.gumroad.com/investinginregenag) Support the show (https://www.gumroad.com/investinginregenag)
58 min
Farm Land
Farm Land
The Modern Grower Podcast Network
Farm Small: Maybe Farming Isn't the Perfect Job for You (AND THAT'S OK!) (FSFS235)
A lot of us who go into farming probably had an idealized vision of what farming as a career is supposed to be like and how our lives and lifestyles would just naturally meld into that vision when we start farming: grow some vegetables, sell them, pay the bills, live a quiet life while eating good food. As simple as it sounds—and many of us have experienced this firsthand, no doubt—it doesn’t happen that way. There’s all the nitty-gritty of designing your operation, ensuring there’s a market for what you grow, and making sure the numbers are enough to keep you on a living wage, among other things. So, say you’ve started farming for a while, but the lifestyle is leagues away from what you imagined it to be and it just isn’t hitting off. What would you do then? In this episode, we’re talking to Sam Billings, someone who fell in love with the idea of permaculture and farming, tried it, and decided he was happier working at a company and gardening as a hobby instead of making it his full-time job. Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at https://www.paperpot.co/ Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot Podcasts by Diego Footer: Microgreens: https://apple.co/2m1QXmW Vegetable Farming: https://apple.co/2lCuv3m Livestock Farming: https://apple.co/2m75EVG Large Scale Farming: https://apple.co/2kxj39i Small Farm Tools https://www.paperpot.co/
56 min
Regenerative Skills
Regenerative Skills
Abundant Edge
How to Create a School Garden program
How to start a school garden program For this week’s episode I reached out to Kaci Rae Chirstopher, the author of the new book The School Garden Curriculum, about how to create a school garden program Kaci is the volunteer Farm and Garden Educator for Oregon's Redband Ranch. She was also previously the School Garden Coordinator for the Springwater Environmental Sciences School and the Outdoor Educator for ERA. Her passion is fostering a healthy land ethic, personal empowerment, and environmental literacy in children of all ages through outdoor immersion and skill building.  As a bonus to today’s episode I’m going to be giving away a free copy of the book The School Garden Curriculum to a lucky member on our discord channel. All you need to do to be eligible to win is to send me a message via Discord and if you win I’ll either send you out a hard copy of the book if you live in the US or Canada, or a digital copy to your inbox if you live anywhere else in the world.  Today we’re going to break down what it takes to get a school garden program started, how to overcome some of the common hurdles and pushback to keeping it running, explore some simple lesson plans to get you started and challenge you to push the boundaries of what a school garden program can be and subjects you can explore with a garden classroom.  Get the resource packet for this episode! Join the discord discussion channel to answer the weekly questions and learn new skills with the whole community Links: https://newsociety.com/books/s/the-school-garden-curriculum https://www.theschoolgardencurriculum.com/ For more episodes about gardening, check these out https://regenerativeskills.com/abundantedge-lee-reich/ https://regenerativeskills.com/steps-to-food-security-saving-seeds-with-james-ulager-author-of-beginning-seed-saving-for-the-home-gardener/ https://regenerativeskills.com/abundantedge-zach-loeks/ Check out the full archives of the podcast here https://regenerativeskills.com/podcast-2/
29 min
More episodes
Search
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu