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Agronomy In Depth Training Videos - 2010

Soils, Soil Fertility, Plant Nutrition

Personalinfo>Ransom  Michel D.

Web Soil Survey
Dr. Mickey Ransom

Sessions 1, 2, and 5; Limit of 15 per session, Minimum of 4; TH1302 or H1017

USDA-NRCS no longer provides paper copies of county soil surveys. The goal of this session is to show participants how to use the new online version of soil surveys called “Web Soil Survey.” The session will involve hands-on use of Web Soil Survey. Participants will use computers to identify an area of interest by (1) street address, (2) latitude and longitude, or (3) section, township, and range. They will learn how to obtain soils information for the area of interest and to use Web Soil Survey to generate a soils map and a detailed, personalized report that an Extension agent or consultant could give to a client.

Personalinfo>Mengel  David B.

Making Fertilizer Recommendations from Soil Tests
Dr. Dave Mengel

Sessions 4 (Western Kansas) and 5 (Eastern Kansas); Limit of 30 per session, Minimum of 6; TH1302
Part 1

Part 2


This session will discuss the basic issues governing making good fertilizer recommendations from soil tests. Topics will include: Soil sampling to make recommendations; The concept of soil test correlation and calibration; What tests we actually have calibration data for; The KSU recommendations; Additional resources available such as the on-line recommendation program and sensor based rate calculators.

Personalinfo>Mengel  David B.

Phosphorus in Plants and Soils
Dr. Dave Mengel

Session 6 only; Limit of 85 per session, Minimum of 6; TH1014
Part 1

Part 2


This session will discuss the phosphorus (P) cycle and the basics of soil P. Topics will include natural sources of P in soils, reactions of fertilizer P in soils, factors that influence P availability to plants and P uptake, fertilizer and additive products, key concepts regarding P application technology, and different P fertilizer recommendation systems in current use. Recent price volatility for P fertilizers and surging interest in alternative P sources and co-products makes this a timely subject.

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Fertilizer Reactions for Phosphorous, Manganese, and Zinc Sources
Nathan Nelson and Ganga Hettiarachchi

Sessions 1, 2, and 4; Limit of 24 per session, Minimum of 6; TH2509
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Personalinfo>Hettiarachchi GangaThis session will train participants to identify how and why management practices and fertilizer sources influence nutrient availability, helping them to make science-based recommendations for selecting appropriate fertilizer products and application methods. Participants will learn about fertilizer reactions in soils and how these reactions affect nutrient availability. The focus will be on phosphorous, manganese, and zinc fertilizers. The session will combine lecture and lab activities to illustrate these reactions and their end products.

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Plant Breeding, Biotech

Personalinfo>Fritz  Allan K.

Biotechnology in Plant Improvement
Dr. Allan Fritz

Sessions 4, 5, and 6; Limit of 15 per session, Minimum of 6; TH3021
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USDA Lab


This session will provide a walking tour of the biotech labs in the Departments of Agronomy and Plant Pathology where research faculty are working to improve plants using the latest technology. Participants will learn about current projects in wheat, sorghum, and other crops. This session will give participants a greater understanding of what “plant biotech” really means and how it is being used to address the growing worldwide demand for food and fuel.

Personalinfo>Schapaugh  William

Variety/Hybrid Development,
Dr. Bill Schapaugh

Sessions 1, 2, and 6; Limit of 20 per session, Minimum of 3; TH2414
Part 1

Part 2

This session, complementing the session on biotechnology in plant improvement, will explore practices and procedures used to develop Kansas crops. Processes explored will apply to crops produced as self-pollinated "lines" (i.e. wheat and soybean), and F1 hybrids (i.e. corn and sorghum). Beginning with hybridization, we will follow progeny through the breeding process from generation to generation as they advance through evaluations that ultimately lead to the release of superior lines or hybrids. Participants will attempt to cross-pollinate a self-pollinated crop (i.e. soybean, wheat, or sorghum). Participants will view progeny from K-State breeding under evaluation in the greenhouses. Participants will setup an evaluation to screen soybean progeny for aphid resistance. At the conclusion of this session participants should leave with a basic understanding of the process and strategies plant breeders use to develop new varieties and hybrids.

Other Areas of Interest

Personalinfo>Owensby  Clenton E.

Managing Range Lands
Dr. Clenton Owensby

Sessions 4, 5, and 6; Limit of 85 per session, Minimum of 6; TH1014 or TH1017
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This session will provide an in-depth discussion of cattle grazing systems for tall grass prairie rangelands. Participants will become familiar with both steer (season-long stocking, intensive early stocking, and intensive early stocking plus late season grazing) and cow (season-long grazing and rotational late-season grazing) grazing systems. The session will explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different systems along with management options that can be used to optimize each system.

Personalinfo>Staggenborg  Scott

Biofuel Production and Processing
Dr. Scott Staggenborg

Sessions 1 and 2; Limit of 85 per session, Minimum of 3; TH1014
Part 1

Part 2

The goal of this session is to describe the current state of the art in biofuel feedstock production, utilization and environmental issues. We will cover crop species performance and selection for a range of environments across Kansas. We will also briefly describe the current methods of bioenergy production as well as potential processes that may be used in the future. The impact that bioenergy feedstock production has on ecosystem services will be discussed as well.

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Agricultural Biosecurity: Why Does it Matter & What Are We Doing?
Dr. Jim Stack

Session 3; Limit of 55, Minimum of 12; Pat Roberts Hall
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The goals of this session are 1) to provide an overview of the importance of agricultural biosecurity to global food security, national security, and to Kansas with an emphasis on biosecurity for plant systems; and 2) To provide an overview of the agricultural biosecurity programs and infrastructure at K-State and in Manhattan. Participants will learn about the plant biosecurity – food security linkage, the connection between plant health and human health, and what K-State and Kansas are doing to address these issues.