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Articles about our project or that quote the scientists and farmers involved in our project and what they are discovering about management practices that could help make grazing-based beef cattle production systems more resilient..


Best practices for managing cows on pastures with limited forages

October 29, 2018- Beef

What can you do when forage and hay are both limited by extended drought? Jaymelynn Farney discusses the options and when they  are worth considering.

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Cattle producers look at efficiency to fine-tune the cowherd

October 19, 2018 - The Fence Post

David Lalman discussed the ability of cattle to reach their genetic potential on forage resources and the need to identify cows with the genetic ability to perform well without additional supplementation.

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Range check: Easing of drought helps but expert says it’s time to plan ahead

October 15, 2018 - High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

Dr. Jaymelynn Farney discusses drought management strategies and issues to consider when planning for drought.

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Research shows waiting to apply nitrogen is a good wheat growing strategy

October 14, 2018 - The Oklahoman

Dr. Brian Arnall discusses his research on nitrogen timing in wheat production.

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Old World Bluestem: What is it? Why be concerned?

October 4, 2018 - Osage County News

Walt Fick, KSU range management specialist, will talk about the origin of old world bluestem, why we should be concerned, help with plant identification, and outline control options.

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Fall decisions for dual-purpose wheat

August 21, 2018 - Hay & Forage Grower

Decisions that are made now and into the fall will impact the success of this so-called dual-purpose wheat system, according to Romulo Lollato and Stu Duncan, extension crops specialists at Kansas State University.

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Superior Livestock Auction data shows weaning calves yield premiums for producers

August 20, 2018 - High Plains/ Midwest Ag Journal

Dr. Dave Lalman discusses why weaned, preconditioned calves have more value for buyers.

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Correlation of Soil Test Nitrate Level and Wheat Yields

August 17, 2018 - No-Till Farmer

Dr. Dorivar Ruiz Diaz discusses whether soil sampling in the fall for nitrate-N really provide useful information for N management in wheat.

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No-Till/cover crop systems on the rise in the Southwest United States

May 23 -  Southwest Farm Press

Jason Warren, OSU Extension soil and water conservation specialist, said some of the greatest yield improvements from no-till come with summer crops, such as grain sorghum, cotton, corn and soybeans.
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Mapping Trends in Open Surface Water Bodies in the US

May 16, 2018 - Environmental Monitor

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Wheat graze-out decision during the 2017-18 growing season

April 20, 2018 - Romulo Lollato, John Holman and Robin Reid

Producers who currently have cattle grazing the crop are faced with the decision of whether to graze it out or to remove the cattle and harvest the grain. This decision will be especially important in areas where the crop currently is stressed by drought; infected by virus diseases, such as wheat streak mosaic; or has a very poor stand.

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Why your cows need those expensive vitamins


March 15, 2018 - Jaymelynn Farney, Beef

Are vitamins necessary or just an expensive luxury that the cows can get by without?

Bottom line is yes. Vitamins, especially A and E, are important around calving.

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Wheat producers facing tough call on nitrogen application

March 12, 2018 - Southwest FarmPress

“Producers should have their N-rich strips down in case it does rain soon, but most are likely hesitant to spend money to apply nitrogen to their fields if there’s little to no yield potential.” - Brian Arnall, OSU

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Cattle Genetics: Where’s Optimum?

March 7, 2018 - Drovers

The genetic potential of many cattle today are beyond the nutrient levels that are provided by forage resources thus hindering the ability of animals to express their genetic potential.

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Supplies, Strong Demand This Winter Driving Hay Prices Higher

March 5, 2018 - DTN/Progressive Farmer

Doug Shoup, an agronomist at the Kansas State University Southeast Research and Extension Center located in Parsons, Kansas, said yet another reason for higher hay prices could be the fact that winter this year has been fairly cold and snowy in many Midwest locations. This has forced livestock producers to feed more hay, which upped the demand for the feed, he said.

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Critical time for U.S. wheat as drought threatens

February 16, 2018 - The Western Producer

"the next two to three weeks will be really crucial. Once it starts warming up in late February or early March, if we don’t get rain, I think we’ll see the crop go backwards really, really quickly because we really have no moisture in the root zone.” Romulo Lollato

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Drought requires immediate action; resources available

February 16, 2018 - Southwest Farm Press

“Producers need to have contingency plans in place now to help decision-making easier as we move through the spring,” says Hugh Aljoe

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Chemical fescue seed head suppression provides new options for ranchers

February 13, 2018 - Farm Talk

Kansas State University Extension agent Dale Helwig alongside K-State professor Doug Shoup spent three years testing and collecting data on suppressing fescue seed heads using the chemical metsulfuron. Their research found a cost-effective tool with additional benefits for hay and grazing pastures. 

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Quantifying Water Quality Benefits of Conservation Practices

January 18, 2018 - USDA Blog

Nutrient Tracing Tool (NTT) is a field-specific tool to help assess the water quality improvements of conservation practices on farms. This free, online tool was funded through the project and will quantitatively estimate nutrient and sediment losses and estimate yield impacts, helping to inform conservation decisions on the farm.

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Behind the static, 560-lb. weaning weights

January 4, 2018 - High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

Several researchers including project collaborator David Lalman have found weaning weights have not changed despite increases in EPDs and mature cow weight. Why is that and what does it mean?

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Drought leaves U.S. Plains wheat vulnerable to freeze damage

December 19, 2017 - Reuters

Drought and delayed planting have increased the vulnerability of this year's what crop to damage as a result of cold weather .

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Addressing Sulfur Deficiencies in Wheat

December 13, 2017 - No-Till Farmer

Dorivar Ruiz Diaz and Dave Mengel of KSU Agronomy discuss sulfur deficiency in wheat and how to address them.

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Cattle Comfort Advisor useful in winter

December 6, 2017 - Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

The Oklahoma Mesonet Cattle Comfort Advisor can help manage cattle producers manage weather related stress in cattle.

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First Cow Efficiency Congress relays research to producer profitability

November 7, 2017 - Farm Forum

Dr. David Lalman spoke to over 100 attendees from 13 states about improving the efficiency of the cow heard by matching it to the environment and the available resources.

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Forage analysis: What Numbers Do I Need

November 1, 2017 - Beef Tips

Justin Waggoner discusses the analyses needed to make good nutritional reccommendations for beef cattle and predict animal performance.

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Wheat Winterkill Worries

October 31, 2017 - Agriculture Today

K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato takes a look at the sharp drop in temperatures late last week in several parts of Kansas, and whether that might have inflicted winterkill on late-established winter wheat plants...he talks about the stages of development at which wheat might have been vulnerable, and what symptoms of damage producers should look for in the coming days

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Controlling the most invasive weed in the pasture

October 30, 2017 - High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
Walt Fick provides advice on controlling musk thistle in pastures this fall.

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The challenge of collecting a representative soil sample

October 26, 2017 - Hiawatha World

Dorivar Ruiz Diaz discusses considerations that should go into sampling soil to determine nutrient needs.

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Weather festival provides learning atmosphere

October 25, 2017 - NewsOK

Team members shared knowledge and explains the technology behind the Oklahoma Mesonet at the National Weather Festival.

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Climate expert to speak at Jack Kilby Science Day

October 24, 2017 - Great Bend Tribune

Team member Charles Rice will provide a keynote address on what climate change means for Kansas at the 14th Annual Jack Kilby Science Day event on November 20th at Barton Community College in Great Bend, KS.

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Cover crop research at Kansas State

October 21, 2017 - Sabetha Herald

Coverage of the KSU Agronomy Field Day planned for November 3 that will focus on cover crops and soil health.

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Oklahoma Hot Beef

October 16, 2017 - The Weather Channel

Coverage of how extreme weather impacts cattle producers including comments from Al Sutherland of the Oklahoma Mesonet on the Cattle Comfort Advisor.

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Balancing yield and protein content in a wheat crop

October 15, 2017 - High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

Brian Arnall, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension precision nutrient management specialist discusses the challenges of nutrient management and wheat protein.

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Do you know what Phosphorus means for your soil?

October 14, 2017 - SUNUP TV

Brian Arnall explains what phosphorus does in the soil and for plants.

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Musk Thistle Control

October 10, 2017 - Agriculture Today

K-State pasture management specialist Walt Fick covers the latest strategies for controlling musk thistle in pastures in the fall...he goes over the herbicide applications that have proven most effective in treating musk thistle rosettes, based on K-State's research trials

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First Calf Heifers

October 7, 2017

SUNUP talks with Dave Lalman about first-calf heifers.

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Oklahoma cattlemen learn about adding value to herds

October 9, 2017 - High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

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Do you know what lime means to your soil?

October 7, 2017 - SUNUP TV

Brian Arnall shows us how the application of lime impacts soil health.

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Cake Feeder Calibration

September 30, 2017 - SUNUP TV

Dave Lalman demonstrates how to calibrate cake feeders for cattle.

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Minimizing Soil Compaction

September 28, 2017 - Agriculture Today

K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley talks about identifying soil compaction problems in crop fields during and following fall harvest...she offers some thoughts on navigating fields during harvest to minimize the chances of compacting soils, and talks about what's practical in addressing compaction problems

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Producers from western states hear latest cow efficiency research

September 27, 2017 - Farm & Ranch Guide

David Lalman, OSU talks about developing a cowherd that fits a producer’s ranch environment and the increased production costs of altering that environment to fit cows.

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Sustainability matters at the base of the Wolf Creek Generating Station

September 26, 2017 - Farmtalk

DeAnn Presley and collaborators discuss their research on a related CIG grant into tillage, cover crops and soils.

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Tips on choosing cover crop mixes for grazing

September 12, 2017 - Ag Journal

Jaymelynn Farney provides guidance on selecting cover crop mixes for grazing as well as some options to avoid due to weed control issues and the risks of creating a "green bridge" for pests to cash crops.

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When too much muscle is bad

August 30, 2017 - Western Farmer-Stockman

David Lalman discusses cattle genetics and the problems with selecting cattle with potentials beyond the capacity of the environment.

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Soil fertility should be at the top of your checklist.

August 26 - SUNUP TV

Brian Arnall explains how the recent moisture can impact soil fertility, especially ahead of winter crops.

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How Many Cattle Can Graze?

August 19, 2017 - SUNUP TV

Alex Rocateli and David Lalman put the GrazeOK app to the test for grazing steers and heifers on native pasture.

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When to Pull Cattle off the Pasture

August 19, 2017 - SUNUP TV

The update 13 day's later from Alex Rocateli and David Lalman putting the GrazeOK app to the test for grazing steers and heifers on native pasture.

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How do you know if there's enough forage in your pasture?

July 8, 2017 - SUNUP TV

Alex Rocateli shows how to estimate forage capacity before moving livestock on to pasture. He also has information about the upcoming Summer Forages Field Day.

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Sunflower Supreme Replacement Heifer Program expands

July 9, 2017 - K-State Research and Extension News

Developed by Kansas State University and the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the program is for Kansas beef producers who want to improve their management techniques and marketability of their heifers.

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Late Wheat Issues

June 29, 2017 - Agriculture Today

K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato discusses two adverse conditions which developed in some Kansas wheat fields just ahead of harvest:  high temperatures impacting kernel development, and a situation where the stem of the wheat plant remained green while the head had fully matured.

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Technology helps agriculture to flourish

June 12, 2017 - The Altus Times

Modern producers are marrying the power of technology and age-old farming practices without losing their connection to land and nature.

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Kansas added to interactive Cover Crops Decision Tool website

June 1, 2017 - Hays Daily News

There are dozens of cover crop options, and you’ll need to decide which one — or which combination of species — you’d like to use on each field you have in mind.

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Feed requirements for cattle

April 15, 2017 - SUNUP TV

Dave Lalman has nutritional advice for transitioning your herd from feed to forage.

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Prescription for rejuvenation

April 10, 2017 - High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

Walter Fick discusses how prescribed burns can rejuvenate landscapes and improve grassland health by reducing unwanted species. 

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Reducing stocking rates and delayed grazing for grasslands that burned

April 6, 2017 - The Hays Daily News

Walt Fick discusses grassland and grazing management in light of recent wildfires.

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ID is first step in pasture weed control     

April 4, 2017 - Farm Talk Newspaper

Doug Shoup discusses the need for proper identification and knowledge of weed life cycles for effective control.

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Moderation is good in all things, cows included

March 30, 2017 - The Western Producer

David Lalman is interviewed on the costs of maintaining modern cows.

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Better manage nitrogen with software

March 29, 2017 - Successful Farming @

Brian Arnall discusses nitrogen needs and management choices. 

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Kansas State researchers look for strategies to reduce wheat yield gap

March 29, 2017 - Today's Producer

Research shows that there’s approximately a 30-35 bushel-per-acre yield gap between current yields and the yield potential, largely because of substandard wheat management practices. Researchers including team members Romulo Lollato, Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, and Brent Jaenisch a next generation scientist working on his masters degree in Agronomy at KSU.

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Kansas wheat update: Crop challenged by lack of moisture through much of the state

March 23, 2017 - Kansas State Research and Extension News

Dry winter weather and high temperatures have left growers facing several agronomic and economic considerations as they decide whether to maintain the crop or plant the field to a different spring-planted crop. Romulo Lollato discusses the options.

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Extreme Weather, Variability Preceded Southern Great Plains Wildfires

March 22, 2017 - The Daily Yonder

Co-project Director and Director of the USDA Grazinglands Research Laboratory , Jean Steiner discusses the conditions leading up to recent wildfires.

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Update on 2017 Wheat Crop

March 17, 2017 - That's My Farm

Romulo Lollato is interviewed by Jim Shroyer on the condition of the 2017 wheat crop in Kansas. 

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Moisture, higher temps become critical for SW Kansas grasslands

March 16, 2017 - High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

Walter Fick, Kansas State Range Management Specialist discusses the impact of recent wildfires on range and recovery needs.

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Managing Rangeland Following Wildfire

March 13, 2017 - Walt Fick, KSREVideos

Walt Fick, K-State rangeland specialist, talks about likely regrowth on burned acres and stocking rate adjustments that producers should consider for long-term recovery of those grasslands.

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Rearchers compare nutrient uptake in modern and historic wheat varieties

March 9, 2017 - Kansas Wheat

Romulo Lollato, Kansas State University wheat and forages extension agronomist; Allan Fritz, wheat breeder in KSU’s agronomy department; and Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, KSU associate professor and nutrient management specialist in agronomy, have started a study to help Kansas farmers maintain budget-friendly cutting edge nutrition management practices.

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Cattle Nutrition After Wildfire

March 9, 2017 - Agriculture Today

Justin Waggoner emphasizes the immediate need for adequate water for cattle and looks at the option of putting the cow herd on wheat pasture as a short-term nutritional resource.`

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Wheat Crop Conditions Update

March 8, 2017 - Agriculture Today

Romulo Lollato advises producers to evaluate yield potential now, and to use the "first hollow stem" stage as a signal to pull cattle off wheat pasture, if that wheat is to be harvested for grain.

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Wheat Heats Up: Unusually Warm Winter Kicks Wheat Into High Gear

March 2, 2017 - DTN The Progressive Farmer

Romulo Lollato discusses wheat management needs in lilght of recent warm temperatures.  

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Management following a wildfire: Effects on vegetation and soils

March 1, 2017 - High Plains Public Radio

Walt Fick, DeAnn Presley, Romulo Lollato, and Mary Knapp discuss the impact of recent wildfires on rangeland, hay meadows, soil conditions and wheat fields in the region. 

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Wheat and Warm February

February 15, 2017 - Agriculture Today

Romulo Lollato discusses the soil temperature threshold that will prompt wheat plants to start coming out of dormancy early, and points out how producers can monitor real-time soil temperature trends in their locales.

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Alternative Grazing Gaining Support

February 13.2017 - The Progressive Farmer

Russ Quin discusses some of the options for alternative grazing strategies outlined in Jason Warren's webinar on grazing cover crops.

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Everything you want to know about ranching, but were too afraid to ask

January 28, 2017 - SUNUP TV

Dave Lalman explaining the basics of cattle production for SUNUP TV. It’s a good starting point for anyone wanting to build a ranching operation.

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Effect of the recent winter storm on the Kansas wheat and alfalfa crops

January 20, 2017- KSU Agronomy eUpdate

Romulo Lollato discusses the effect of recent ice storms of wheat and alfalfa throughout Kansas

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Kansas Wheat Scoop: Crop Conditions Deteriorate as Drought Invades Kansas

December 22, 2016

Romulo Lollato on the condition of wheat crops in the state.

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Cover Crops Toxicity

December 21, 2016 - Agriculture Today

Jaymelynn Farney talks how producers can manage their grazing programs to avert any such problems.

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December 17, 2016 - SUNUP TV

Dave Lalman discussing the best ways to conserve hay this winter.

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Managing Cold Stress

December 16, 2016 - Beef Tips

K-State Beef Extension Specialist Justin Waggoner provides information on how to manage cold stress in beef cattle.

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Grazing Cover Crops: Toxicity Considerations

December 16, 2016 - K-State Agronomy eUpdate

This article describes popular cover crops and the dangers they present for grazing livestock.

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Wheat Winterkill

December 16, 2016

Romulo Lollato advises growers to inspect their stands for signs of weak plant establishment.

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Wheat growth and development this fall in Kansas

December 9, 2016 - K-State Agronomy eUpdate

KSRE Wheat Specialist Romulo Lollato discusses some of the major concerns that other regions of the state are currently facing.

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Warm Weather and Wheat

November 29, 2016 - Agriculture Today

Romulo Lollato talks the effect on winter hardiness and the impact for late-emerging wheat stands.
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Seeding Rate, Planting Depth and Starter Fertilizer

November 1, 2016 - Agriculture Today

Romulo Lollato talks about adjustments that growers need to make when planting winter wheat this late in the fall.

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Sunflower Supreme Heifer Program

October 31 - Agriculture Today

Jaymelynn Farney reports on the program's  successes in replacement heifer development and previews the program's upcoming annual heifer sale.
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Feeding newly-weaned calves

October 17, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension

K-State specialist gives tips to improve feed consumption by weaned calves.

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It All Begins with Soil Testing
October 12, 2016 - No-till Farmer
OSU Soil Fertility specialist Brian Arnall on precision nutrient management in forage systems.


Wheat Management Phone App
October 10, 2016 - Agriculture Today

K-State wheat production specialist RomuloLollato promotes a new tool from OSU which helps growers manage wheat for grazing while still maintaining that stand's yield potential. It measures ground cover to know when to adjust stocking rates on wheat pasture as well as when to pull cattle off that wheat.

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Most Likely Causes of Poor Wheat Emergence

October 7, 2016 - Romulo Lollato, KSU Agronomy eUpdate

Getting good stand establishment of wheat is the first step in establishing the yield potential of the crop. A good and uniform stand allows for better use of resources -- such as light, water, and nutrients -- decreasing within-field yield variability and increasing the yield potential of the crop.

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K-State agronomy researchers awarded grant to expand study of cover crops and fertilizer management

October 3, 2016

Four researchers in Kansas State University's agronomy department were awarded a three-year, $468,599 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services to continue research on cover crops and fertilizer management on phosphorous loss in surface runoff.

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The N-Rich Strip

October 1, 2016 - SUNUPTV

Oklahoma Stat Nutrient Management Specialist Brian Arnall discusses the importance of N-rich strips in helping guide nutrient management decisions in newly-planted fields.
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Utilizing cover crops for weed control: Be sure to consider all aspects

September 23, 2016 - Anita Dille & DeAnn Presley, KSU Agronomy eUpdate

Cover crops may be able to suppress weeds in some cases, but this is just one of many considerations that producers should take into account when selecting cover crops. The following are some questions to guide you when considering cover crops for your field, with weed management as a goal.

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Optimum sowing dates and seeding rates for wheat in Kansas

September 19, 2016 - Romulo Lollato, KSU Agronomy eUpdate

Ensuring that the wheat crop is sown during the optimum window of sowing dates and seeding rate are two steps needed to help ensure that the crop can reach its maximum yield potential.

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Stockpiling Bermudagrass for Cattle

September 17, 2016 - SUNUP TV

Oklahoma State Beef Extension Specialist Dave Lalman explains the benefits of stockpiling bermudagrass to meet cattle feeding needs during fall and winter.

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Invasive Trees in Pastures

September 14, 2016 - Agriculture Today

K-State range management specialist Walt Fick has advice on fall control via herbicide treatments to standing trees or cut stumps.

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Selecting Grazing Wheat

September 12, 2016 - Agriculture Today

K-state wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato talks about commonly-grown varieties for their forage production, whether for both grazing and grain production or solely for pasturing.

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Beef Calf Weaning Nutrition

September 7, 2016 - Agriculture Today

Justin Waggoner, K- State beef systems specialist, talks about managing feed intake and offers a K-State-developed feeding protocol.

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Precision Nutrient Managemgnt in Forage Systems

August 30, 2016 - Progressive Forage

The ultimate goal of any precision nutrient management tool should be this: producing the highest quality output (in this case forage) with the least amount of input – ultimately, optimizing efficiencies and maximizing profits.

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Wheat Crop Analysis

July 20, 2016 - Agriculture Today

K-State wheat production specialist Romulo Lollato looks back on the just-harvested wheat crop in Kansas, and what made it so successful for most growers.

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Post-Harvest Soil Quality

July 14, 2016 - Agriculture Today

K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley discusses management of wheat crop residue following harvest.

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What commercial producers are doing and what they can do better, experts say

July 11, 2016 - Progressive Cattleman

Unlike the pork and poultry industry, producers in the beef business have to have a long-term thought process about genetics and the effects it will have on the industry – because essentially “what’s done is done.”

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OSU faculty member honored by PrecisionAg Institute

Brian Arnall, Project collaborator and associate professor in OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, will be recognized at the Educator/Researcher of the Year by the PrecisionAg Institute at their annual conference this August.

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Beef Improvement Federation at K-State

June 20, 2016 - Agriculture Today

Oklahoma State University beef specialist Dave Lalman remarks on what cow-calf producers need to do better to preserve their profitability over the next 20 years.

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Intuitive Assessment Aids Stocking Rate Management

June 2016 - Noble Foundation

Producers understand the variance associated with weather patterns, rainfall in particular. This can lead to considerations for altering the stocking rate of pastures. Often times it is useful to call on a professional pasture and range specialist to assist with these decisions, but do not discount the value of experience with the land.

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Kansas Added to Interactive "Cover Crop Decision Tool" Website

April 27, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension News

Cover crops are a complex topic in many ways. There are lots of choices, each with different strengths and weaknesses, and each suited best for different goals and field conditions. That’s where an interactive web site can be a big help.

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​Wildfire Effects on Various Grasses

April 19, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension News

A K-State range management specialist offers pasture management advice to producers.

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Grazing Management: Toxic Plants Publication Aims to Help Producers

April 18, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension News

A new K-State publication provides vital information on plants that, if consumed, could harm cattle and other livestock.

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Agronomy Faculty, Students Win Gamma Sigma Delta Awards

April 12, 2016 - K-State Today

Several project team members were honored by Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society for agriculture.

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Cow, meet your environment

April 6, 2016 - Drovers

Oklahoma State University animal scientist Dave Lalman, PhD, says many producers still are not selecting for cows that match their environments, meaning lost efficiencies and higher-than-necessary production costs.

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Effects of Wildfire on Grass Species
April 4, 2016 - Agriculture Today

Walt Fick discusses potential changes in stocking rates in burned areas and soil erosion.

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Kansas Wildfire Recovery Resources

March 31, 2016 - Kansas Department of Agriculture

Wildfire resource information available on KDA website.

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Heifer Nutrition Management

March 24, 2016 - Agriculture Today

Justin Waggoner advises cow-calf producers to weigh heifers now to assure that they are on a proper nutritional track before breeding time.

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Pasture Burning

March 17, 2016 - Agriculture Today

Walt Fick addresses burn timing and anticipating smoke behavior, while recommending planning aids at

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NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Addressing the Nation's Agricultural Challenges

February 19, 2016 - USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Learn more about the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) funded research projects.

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Rice named first recipient of the Mary Vanier Endowed Professorship

February 9, 2016 - K-State Today

Project collaborator and and university distinguished professor of agronomy at Kansas State University, Charles Rice has been named the first recipient of the Mary L. Vanier University Professorship.

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Trim Winter Wheat Costs

January 25, 2016 -

With lower commodity prices, cutting input costs on wheat is important.

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Wheat Grazing Webinar Planned for Jan. 28

January 22, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension News

Running cattle on wheat pasture in the winter months can have big payoffs, but can also require attention to time and intensity.

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Calving Season Tips: Increased Energy Management During Extreme Weather is Crucial

January 19, 2016 - K-State Research and Extension News

Kansas State University Beef Cattle Specialist, Dr. Justin Waggoner, discusses management strategy for avoiding cold stress during the winter months.

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Finding Best Ways to Safeguard Beef Production in Changing Climate

January 6, 2016 - Beef Business Journal

Kansas State University's Dr. Dan Devlin discusses the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Resilience and Vulnerability of Beef Cattle Production in the Southern Great Plains Under Changing Climate, Land Use and Markets.

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Potential Mob Graziers Should Consider Precautions

January 2016 - The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Pasture and range consultant at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Hugh Aljoe, discusses "mob grazing," or ultra-high stock density (UHSD) grazing.

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8 New Livestock Grazing Videos Available for Viewing Online

December 30, 2015 - Beef Daily

Amanda Radke highlights the Enterprise Flexibility series offered by Great Plains Grazing.

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​Earthworms: One of Many Indicators of Soil Health

December 28, 2015 -

Environmental Quality Specialist at Kansas State University, Dr. Peter Tomlinson, explains how important earthworms significantly impact soil health.

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Oklahoma Rains Bring Need for Nutrient Management in Wheat and Canola

December 21, 2015 - Oklahoma Farm Report

Get an update on this year's wheat and canola from Oklahoma State University's Dr. Brian Arnall.

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Great Plains Grazing Project

December 14, 2014 - Agriculture Today

Join as K-State Research and Extension's Eric Atkinson interviews Dr. Peter Tomlinson and Lana Barkman about the new Enterprise Flexibility video series.

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Time to Change Directions

December 11, 2015 - Drovers Cattle Network

Oklahoma State University Beef Cattle Specialist and Great Plains Grazing team member Dr. David Lalman talk cow characteristics as a piece of Alan Newport's article.

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Winter Pastures Benefit From In-Season Tips

December 2015 - The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation's James Locke discussing management tips for winter pasture.

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New Series of Livestock Grazing Videos Available Online

December 10, 2015 - K-State Research and Extension News

Learn more about Great Plains Grazing's Enterprise Flexibility video series in this article by Steve Watson.

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Newly Revised OSU Beef Cattle Manual a Great Gift

Fall 2015 - Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Donald Stotts shares information about OSU Beef Cattle Manual, and where they are available.

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Cover Crops Prove Enhancive To Both Cattlemen And Grain Farmers

November 3, 2015 - Kansas Ag Network

JaymelynnProject collaborator Jaymelynn Farney presented on the value of cover crops at the Grazing Management Workshop hosted by  the Conservation Distracts and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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Using Vertical Tillage Without Casting Away Residue

October 26, 2015 - No-Till Farmer

Extreme weather events enabled the movement of stalks to ditches over the past year. Fingers have been pointed in different directions. This article, by Laura Barrera, discusses the topic.

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Farm Factor - Old World Blue Stem Grasses

October 13, 2015 - Ag am in Kansas

Duane Toews and Dr. Walter Fick join Am am in Kansas during the Kansas State University Beef Stocker Conference to discuss Old World Blue Stem.

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Minimizing Stress on Weaning Calves

September 28, 2015 - Agriculture Today

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner discusses several principles of fall calf weaning, to assure the smoothest transition possible...with the main theme being minimizing stress on those calves.

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K-State’s Rice Tapped for Key National Academies of Science Post

September 9, 2015 - K-State Today

Kansas State University's Charles "Chuck" Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy, has been named to chair the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, a major program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, starting Jan. 1, 2016.

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Ergot and Vomitoxin Issues

September 3, 2015 - Agriculture Today

K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney talks about two cattle nutrition issues:  ergot in cool-season pastures and vomitoxin in wheat that might be fed to cattle...she discusses how producers can manage around those problems.

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Cover Crops As Grazing Forages for Beef Cattle

July 23, 2015 - Agriculture Today

K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses the use of various cover crops as grazing forages for beef cattle in the fall and winter...she goes over the cover crop types and their forage production potential, and talks about K-State research into the best utilization of these crops for cow herd or stocker grazing.

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Great Plains Grazing Project Aims to Help Producers Mitigate Drought and Assess Carbon Footprint

July 13, 2015 - Agricultural News, Radio Oklahoma Network

Project Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Jean Steiner, discusses how drought can impact wheat grazing in the Southern Great Plains. 

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New OSU Berry Fellows Would Make Namesake 'Pleased'

July 11, 2015 - OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Project Extension co-lead Jason Warren announced as one of four Thomas E. Berry Fellow by the Oklahoma Water Resources Center.

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Great Plains Grazing Project Evaluating How Forage Quality Influences Methane Emissions

July 10, 2015 - Agricultural News, Radio Oklahoma Network

Understand the background of the Great Plains Grazing project, as well as the project goals.

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​Talking Research with Dr. Jean Steiner of USDA's Grazinglands Research Lab at Ft. Reno
​July 9, 2015 - Agricultural News, Radio Oklahoma Network
Project Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Jean Steiner was interviewed about the current mission of the ARS research unit- including the recent designation of the lab as the Southern Region Climate Hub for ARS and the USDA as well as the halfway completed Great Plains Grazing research project. 
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The Food and Water Cycle/Making Agronomy Sustainable

​April 2015 - International Innovation
Project co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Jean Steiner, discusses research at the USDA-ARS facility at El Reno, OK focusing on adapting to changing climate, reducing carbon footprints, and making better use of water.
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That's MY Farm: Cover Crops
April 24, 2015 - That's My Farm TV
Project Collaborator, Dr. DeAnn Presley is interviewed about cover crops. 

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New Kansas Ethanol Plant Turning Crop Residue into Fuel
​March 9, 2015 - Kansas Public Radio

Kansas State University Extension specialist discusses the importance of crop residue to soil health.

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Environmental Factors such as Matching Cows to Their Environment, Heat Stress, and Immunity to Disease Affect Herd Fertility

February 2015 - Angus Beef Bulletin

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$9.6 Million Study Examines Beef Resilience to Climate Change

​January 12, 2015 - Beef Producer

Five-year study encompasses several universities and the USDA; will communicate findings to beef producers.

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K20 USDA Climate Lesson: Southern Great Plains

THIS CLIMATE MITIGATION LESSON is designed to provide an understanding of the cyclic relationship between climate variability and agriculture practice.  It also explains how we can positively address climate variations through sustainable practices. 


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Oklahoma Weather Leaves Available Nutrients In Limbo
June 17, 2014 – Oklahoma Farm Report
Brian Arnall on the impact of weather on fertilizer requirements and soil nutrients
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Lahoma Wheat Field Day affected by drought, freezes
May 19, 2014 – High Plains Journal

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What an Oklahoma Grazing Land Can Teach US About Global Climate Change

April 24, 2014 - StateImpact Oklahoma

USDA-ARS laboratory in El Reno, Oklahoma selected as Southern Regional Climate Hub.

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Why "Wasteful" Science is Important

December 18, 2014 - Live Science

Response to Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn's inclusion of Great Plains Grazing in his annual "Wastebook."

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Canola College 2014 - Brian Arnall Says Paying Attention to Basic Fertility Yields Best Results

February 27, 2014 - Oklahoma Farm Report

Project collaborator and soil fertility specialist, Brian Arnall, is interviewed by Ron Hays about a canola event and the basics of soil fertility

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Oklahoma Weather Leave Available Nutrients in Limbo

USDA Grant Focuses on Beef Cattle Production

September, 2013 - Ag News and Views

Project announcement in monthly publication of the Noble Foundation's Agricultural Division

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