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Best Water Management Under Limited Irrigation



Irrigation systemGetting the most value out of irrigation water is likely on the minds of many Kansas farmers. As groundwater supplies diminish, pumping rates decline and talk of local water conservation policies surface in the state, these farmers face even more difficulty in determining how to best manage limited water.
9/16/2014 8:00:00 AM


Shedding Light on Bioenergy: Universities Inform About Latest Developments



SorghumThough it sounds relatively new, we humans have been using bioenergy since we first burned wood to warm our families and cook our food. Now, ethanol made from corn is available at service stations across the country and scientists continue to study plant- and animal-based materials to do everything from fuel our cars to power our factories and skyscrapers.
9/16/2014 8:00:00 AM


FROST DATES Play Audio



When are the first freezes due to hit Kansas?  Mary Knapp of K-State looks at when frost typically first appears in Kansas. 

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


WHAT IS A “FAIR” SKY? Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp defines what makes a sky “fair” rather than simply partly cloudy.         

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


AUTUMNAL EQUINOX Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that the equinox is not necessarily when the day and night are of equal length.    

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Kansas Weather Week Ahead... Play Audio



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

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


Gypsum as a Soil Amendment... Play Audio



K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley looks at the role of gypsum as a soil amendment product for Kansas crop fields...and why gypsum is not a perfect substitute for lime in correcting acetic soils, as some have thought.

9/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Huck Boyd Institute and Foundation Offer Grants for Leadership Projects



Mini-grants are now available to support community service projects as identified by community or college-based leadership development programs.

9/9/2014 8:00:00 AM


Benefits of Spring Oats and Turnips... Play Audio



K-State soil management specialist DeAnn Presley looks at what fall-planted spring oats and turnips have to offer, not only as cover crops, but as grazing forage for livestock...she talks about planting-time management to get these crops up and growing rapidly.

9/8/2014 7:00:00 PM


FOG Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about different types of fog.

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


DEW Play Audio



Mary Knapp explores how and why dew forms.

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Kansas Weather Week Ahead... Play Audio



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

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


SMOG Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains “smog,” which is not a modern day problem.

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


SMOG Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains “smog,” which is not a modern day problem.

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Economics of Irrigation Water Management... Play Audio



K-State agricultural economist Nathan Hendricks discusses his new economic analysis on limited irrigation water management: which crop watering approach renders the more favorable economic returns to the producer, when water availability is reduced...which ties into the local enhanced management area concept now being considered by some groundwater management districts in Kansas.

9/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


INSECT WEATHER PREDICTORS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp examines whether or not insect behavior forecasts weather events.          

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


FLORIDA KEYS HURRICANE ANNIVERSARY Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at one of the worst hurricanes ever to hit the U.S.        
   

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


THE LARGEST HAILSTONE IN KANSAS Play Audio



What was the largest hailstone ever recorded hitting Kansas?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us. 

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Prepare Kansas



Prepare Kansas is an online challenge to help your family be prepared for disasters. See video
8/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


KATRINA ANNIVERSARY Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at one of the deadliest U.S. hurricanes of the last 100 years.                                                

8/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


THE VOLCANO FELT ‘ROUND THE WORLD Play Audio



K-State’s Mary Knapp examines one of the most important volcanic eruptions in recorded history.

8/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


WATER VAPOR Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the important role that water vapor plays above Earth.
 

8/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Agricultural Weather Scene Play Audio



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

8/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Busting Myths About Ticks



A walk through the woods, a fishing trip, or an evening playing in the yard with your children are situations with the potential to encounter dozens, even hundreds of blood-sucking pests known as ticks. Ticks can be a problem year-round, but they pose the most threat in warmer summer months. These disease carriers could be harmful to humans and pets alike.
8/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansans Can Sign Up Now for New Financial Challenge



Consider this scenario: You live where straight-line winds, occasional flooding, and fire are ever-present threats. Oh, wait, that’s not just a scenario. That’s reality for the almost 2.9 million people who call Kansas home.
8/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


Northern Long-Eared Bat... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the proposed listing of the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species...a bat that, as historical records indicate, does reside in parts of Kansas.

8/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


More Good News on Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI)... Play Audio



Kate Hagans talks with K-State irrigation engineer Danny Rogers about how SDI can fit into alfalfa production, and the associated benefits and drawbacks,  she also talks with a Kansas producer who participated in the field day, Mark Idle, about how and why he adopted SDI.

8/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


COLORS IN FALL PLANTS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how changes in sunlight and temperature affect in intensity of colors in leaves and flowers.                                                

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


WIND SPEED TERMINOLOGY Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp compares the various terms used to describe wind velocity.
                            

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM