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Education Key in Understanding Kansas Water Issues



Cookies, cereal, marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, milk and ice cream can create a fun lesson—and a tasty snack—to model the rock, soil and liquid layers of an aquifer.
5/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


DIURNAL VARIATIONS Play Audio



Weather conditions change throughout the day and have their own measurements, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


TORNADOES IN KANSAS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reveals that despite the image the state has from “The Wizard of Oz,” Kansas is not the number one state for twisters.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


HEAT IN CARS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reminds us that as temperatures rise outside, they rise even more in closed vehicles.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


Weather and Climate—What’s the Difference?



Weather and climate are often viewed as synonyms. Climate change is a highly publicized topic. With the popularity of these words and phrases, it can be confusing as to what they all mean and how they are intertwined.

4/30/2015 8:00:00 AM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Clean and Capture Water



2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Clean and Capture Water video

Picture transitioning from a rural setting that includes woodlands, wildlife habitat and farms, to urban areas that consist of concrete, parking lots, streets and buildings. Rural land in a more natural state has the ability to soak up water in the soil more efficiently than urban areas with impervious surfaces that can lead to more runoff.
4/27/2015 8:00:00 AM


Local Citizens Develop Water Saving Taskforce



Some of the best tasting tap water in the world comes from Emporia, Kansas.
4/24/2015 8:00:00 AM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


DEW POINT Play Audio



One way to measure moisture formation is what is called “dew point,” says K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


30/30 RULE Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has a formula to let us know when to take shelter during stormy weather.

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp warns of the dangers that the sun’s rays.
 

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


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


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


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


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


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


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

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


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


FAIR SKIES Play Audio



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

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


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