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CONTRASTS IN CALIFORNIA AND KANSAS RAINFALL Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp notes that while the west coast suffers lack of rain, the central plains have had plenty.

9/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


TWILIGHT Play Audio



How does one define “twilight?”  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains.   

9/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


New Online Tool For Crop Irrigators... Play Audio



K-State irrigation engineer Danny Rogers encourages crop irrigators to take advantage of K-State's on-line aid for making decisions when water availability is limited, called the Crop Water Allocator...he advises growers to start working through their long-range cropping plans using this analytical tool.

9/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


DOES SUMMER WEATHER PREDICT FROST DATES? Play Audio



State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that it’s more about moisture than temperature.                                                                                  

9/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


FOREST STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM Play Audio



Properly managing tree resources is a responsibility shared by all landowners, as K-State forester Bob Atchison sees it.  To that end, the USDA’s Forest Stewardship Program assists landowners financially in their tree management efforts.  That program is the central topic of this week’s Tree Tales.                                      

9/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Kansas Weather Week Ahead... Play Audio



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

9/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


Noted Scientist to Speak Oct. 15 on Hydrofracking Impacts on Water Resources



Nationally recognized geoscientist Susan Brantley will present the 31st annual Roscoe Ellis, Jr. Lectureship in Soil Science at 4 p.m., Oct. 15 in 1018 Throckmorton Hall on the Kansas State University campus. The title of the lecture is “Water Resource Impacts During Unconventional Shale Gas Development with Hydrofracking: The Pennsylvania Experience.”
9/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


Two Is Better Than One



Often times a conservation practice can look great on paper but real-world implementation can be a struggle. Each piece of land is unique with it’s own set of problems that need to be addressed to meet it’s needs, which is why innovation is so important to managing woodlands.
9/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

9/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


COLD EARLY WINTER Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that while we’ve had some cold days and nights recently, they didn’t come close to the record lows set a few years ago.

9/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


NATURAL WEATHER PREDICTORS Play Audio



Can one predict the severity of weather by observing animal behavior in the fall?  Mary Knapp looks at some common beliefs.

9/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


JET STREAM Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains this commonly used weather term.

9/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


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


The Kansas Weather Week Ahead... Play Audio



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

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


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


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


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


DEW Play Audio



Mary Knapp explores how and why dew forms.

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


FOG Play Audio



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

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