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K-State Extension Specialist Elected WSSA President



With many summer days spent digging musk thistle out of pastures or cutting shattercane out of sorghum on the small family farm near Leonardville, Kansas, Dallas Peterson, K-State Research and Extension weed management specialist, gained an appreciation for proper weed management at an early age.
2/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Weather Update... Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers Kansas agricultural weather.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


LIONS AND LAMBS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) tells us about the month of March, and how it can begin with weather that is wild, or mild.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


HOW MUCH MOISTURE IN SNOW? Play Audio



The old adage of ten inches of snow being equivalent to one inch of rain is not always true.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) explains why, and offers a test you can try at home.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


WATER VAPOR Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) explains the role of water vapor.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS Play Audio



According to the National Weather Service, in 2013, there were seven weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding one-billion-dollars each across the United States. That included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood, and the western drought/heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109 people and had major economic impacts.  Severe weather season will soon be here, and the National Weather service wants you to be prepared.
 
Guest: Chad Omitt, warning preparedness meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Support Urban Life



K-State Soil Chemist, Ganga Hettiarachchi, and DeAnn Presley, K-State Soil Scientist, discuss how to regenerate urban soils for use in city gardens. This is part of the 2015 International Year of Soils and February's theme, "Soils Support Urban Life."  See video
2/19/2015 8:00:00 AM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Urban Life



When you think of cities, thoughts of cars, buses, people, skyscrapers and other concrete buildings might come to mind. But, below those concrete buildings, paved roads and high-traffic areas stands a foundation of one of the necessary components for life to exist—soil.
2/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


Copperhead Snakes in Kansas... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study of copperhead activity near public hiking trails, seeking a way to minimize human encounters with these poisonous snakes.

2/16/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Weather Update... Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers Kansas agricultural weather.
 

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


QUAIL AND RAPTORS Play Audio



Avian raptors will prey on bob-white quail, when given the opportunity.  A new study in Texas explored how quail behave when raptors enter their habitat.  And the information from that study can be useful in developing protective habitat for quail, as K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee outlines this week.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


“TWILIGHT ZONES” Play Audio



When, exactly, does “twilight” occur?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) says it depends on your definition of the word.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


RADIATIONAL COOLING Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) explains one origin of the phrase, “a blanket of clouds.”

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


KANSAS FOREST SHELTERS Play Audio



Kansas windbreaks and shelterbelts play an important role in agricultural practices. K-State forester Bob Atchison explains more about a study conducted on forest shelters to determine their standing health.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


A WARM FEBRUARY Play Audio



Are you enjoying the rather warm middle February weather?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) reminds us of a recent record-setting winter storm.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Sustain Life



K-State head of the Department of Agronomy Gary Pierzynski talks about how soil is one of the four necessary functions of life. This is part of the 2015 International Year of Soils and January's theme, "Soils Sustain Life." See video
2/10/2015 8:00:00 AM


Prescribed Burning Workshops Play Audio



K-State range and pasture management specialist Walt Fick goes over the topics to be covered at K-State's series of prescribed burning workshops taking place throughout the state this month...among those subjects will be the latest on the smoke management plan and on forming prescribed burning associations.

2/9/2015 6:00:00 PM


Improvement of Riparian Areas and Water Quality Focus of New Project



A new $13 million U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to improve Kansas’ water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment was announced recently for Kansas State University and the Kansas Forest Service.
2/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


RECORD COLD FOR FEBRUARY Play Audio



The Great Plains has experienced some amazingly low temperatures over the years, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp. 

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE IN KANSAS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at February 13th, 1905, which saw record lows in the Sunflower State.

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers Kansas agricultural weather.

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


FARMER SELF-PROMOTION Play Audio



Continuing to put production agriculture’s best foot forward in the eyes of the public was one of the lead topics at the 2015 Women Managing the Farm Conference in Manhattan.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


HOW SNOWFLAKES GET THEIR SHAPES Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the role of snow crystals in making snowflakes into their unique forms.

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


Improve Farm Value Through Forestry Management



A farmer knows where to find his cow herd at various times of the day, which is helpful as he goes out to feed, count and check on them this time of year in the early spring calving season. Typically the cows tend to huddle near a stretch of trees to block the wind and keep warm.
2/5/2015 8:00:00 AM


Water Conservation Lessons From Australia Play Audio



A visiting researcher and Fulbright scholar from Australia, Neil Saintilan, shares his experiences as a scientific advisor to water use policy makers in one of Australia's largest water basins, as that region strives to conserve water while maintaining agricultural productivity...much of what has gone there resembles similar efforts taking place now in Kansas.

2/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM


GROUNDHOG DAY Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp examines whether the famous Pennsylvania rodent is good at predicting the length of winter.

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM


SPEAK FOR WHEAT Play Audio



Kansas Wheat is actively recruiting individuals who would like to volunteer their time promoting wheat-based foods.  Marsha Boswell has the details on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.   

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM


HOW WARM WAS JANUARY? Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that last month was warm, but not at record levels.

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM


HOW RECORD TEMPERATURES ARE MEASURED Play Audio



Thermometer readings have changed over the years, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp. 

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM