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Research Shows Late-Season Burning Helps Control Sericea in a Big Way



It’s a plant that tends to use many weapons to take over grasslands. Starting at the roots, this plant out-competes native plants for water and nutrients. The roots also leak allelopathic chemicals that can prevent germination of other plants.


4/20/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Corn Planting Will Soon Move into High Gear, but Drought Persists



Corn planting in Kansas will soon be in full swing, but dry soils are making for a less than ideal start to the season.
4/17/2015 8:00:00 AM


LONGER DAYS, STRONGER STORMS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that spring conditions increase the chance of severe weather.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


HEAT INDEX Play Audio



Temperature and humidity are used to calculate what is called a “heat index,” as K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


LAST FREEZE Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) reminds us that a few days of warm weather doesn’t mean freezing temperatures are over.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


SUPPLEMENTAL WILDLIFE FEEDING Play Audio



Providing a supplemental feed resource to wildlife has its pros and cons when it comes to the prevalence of disease in those species.  And that’s important to understand before one actually starts feeding wildlife.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a closer look at this issue.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Weather Update... Play Audio



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

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Analyzing Summer Grazing Strategies



The Kansas Flint Hills have served as a home and food source for stocker cattle since the mid-1800s, when cowboys drove longhorns up the Chisholm Trail from the southwestern United States to Kansas railways. Flash forward to today: research from Kansas State University on this staple resource could help ensure profitable years ahead for stocker producers.


4/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


REGIONAL TEMPERATURE VARIATION Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says many factors can contribute to the range of concurrent temperatures in a local region.

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


FRONT Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) explains the differences in a warm front, a cold front, and a stationary front.

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


HEAT WAVE Play Audio



Warmer weather brings waves of increased temperatures, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


Identifying and Preventing Neosporosis in the Cow Herd



An often-overlooked reason for late-term abortions in gestating beef cows and heifers is neosporosis, which is difficult to prevent. Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations for the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, said the laboratory has confirmed a handful of cases this spring calving season in Kansas.
4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM


Prescribed Burning Smoke Management Plan Update Play Audio



K-State fire protection specialist Jason Hartman talks about the ongoing implementation of the prescribed burning smoke management plan in Kansas, and why it's been put together in the best interest of pasture managers, toward preserving burning as a critical part of grass management...he reminds all of the smoke management information tools available on line.

4/8/2015 7:00:00 PM


Tap into Water: Free Family Fun Day May 2 at Gardner City Lake



K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, and the Hillsdale Area Water Cooperative are teaming up to offer a water education workshop for families on May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gardner City Lake. Families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of learning about and celebrating water.
4/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


APRIL SNOW Play Audio



Winter weather may not quite be over, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


FAIR SKIES Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the different between partly cloudy and fair.  

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


THUNDERHEADS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks at these unique clouds which usually indicate severe weather.

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News Play Audio



Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


APRIL SHOWERS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says April rains are important to the emergence of spring plants.     

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


NORMAL WEATHER Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how the meaning of “normal” varies in the weather world.                 

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


APRIL FOOL WEATHER Play Audio



Severe weather can play nasty tricks on April 1st, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers the Kansas agricultural weather scene.

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Agriculture



From field crops to garden vegetables, various types of foods rely on soil for growth. The world population continues to grow, and one of the main challenges those involved in agriculture face is increasing the overall productivity of soils to meet elevated food demands.
3/23/2015 8:00:00 AM


2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Support Agriculture



Two Kansas State University agronomists, Dave Mengel and Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, explain how soil captures water and provides nutrients for crops. See video
3/20/2015 8:00:00 AM


PHENOLOGY Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains this study of the weather’s effects on nature’s life cycles.

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


EXTREME WEATHER IN MARCH Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp notes that although we’ve had a warm month so far, March weather can at times be extreme.               

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


WILDFIRES IN KANSAS Play Audio



Fire can get out of control and do significant damage, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.                               

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM