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Eric Atkinson looks at the day's ag news.

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


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

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


Kansas Forest Service Will Conduct Planned Burn March 22-28 in Hutchinson Area



The Kansas Forest Service fire staff will conduct planned burns March 22-28 as part of its 11th annual Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Project. In this case, the fuel is several years of accumulated brush. The burns will be at Sand Hills State Park, Prairie Dunes Country Club and surrounding areas near Hutchinson, Kansas.
3/17/2015 8:00:00 AM


Prescribed Burning Timing, Plus Continuous Grazing - Part Two Play Audio



K-State rangeland agronomist Clenton Owensby discusses the timing of prescribed burning, and the ensuing influence on stocker cattle gains, saying that the late-spring time frame remains the optimal burning window.  He also introduces a new continuous grazing concept that has proven its worth over multiple years of K-State field research, including season-long stocking, intensive early stocking and intensive early stocking combined with late season grazing on the same pasture for improved economic returns while not setting back the grass.

3/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Prescribed Burning Timing, Plus Continuous Grazing - Part One Play Audio



K-State rangeland agronomist Clenton Owensby discusses the timing of prescribed burning, and the ensuing influence on stocker cattle gains, saying that the late-spring time frame remains the optimal burning window.  He also introduces a new continuous grazing concept that has proven its worth over multiple years of K-State field research, including season-long stocking, intensive early stocking and intensive early stocking combined with late season grazing on the same pasture for improved economic returns while not setting back the grass.

3/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


LONGER DAYS, STRONGER STORMS? Play Audio



Longer days mean a greater chance for storms, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

3/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


HOW RAINFALL IS REPORTED Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks at the most common ways by which precipitation is cataloged.

3/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


HOW RAINFALL IS REPORTED Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks at the most common ways by which precipitation is cataloged. 

3/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


EQUINOX Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the meaning of “equinox.”

3/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

3/12/2015 7:00:00 PM


Nutritional Guidelines Recommendations: Less Meat, More Veggies



Despite the ability to make personal food choices, many know the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as the “gold standard” model that focuses on the foods and beverages that help maintain a healthy weight and prevent chronic disease, such as obesity.
3/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Weather Update... Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers Kansas agricultural weather.
 

3/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


WIND ADVISORIES Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains why wind advisories are of particular importance to outdoor enthusiasts—especially bicyclists.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


ANIMAL SURVIVAL SKILLS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp shares some of the strategies that animals use to survive severe weather conditions, especially drastic temperature swings.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


WIND’S EMOTIONAL IMPACT Play Audio



Can wind take an emotional and behavioral toll on humans and animals?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp shares some anecdotal evidence.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


BADGER DAMAGE CONTROL Play Audio



Badgers are common in Kansas, and are among the most ferocious diggers in nature.  As they burrow for prey, they can move huge volumes of soil, occasionally creating damage in no-till crop fields that can be treacherous for field traffic.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the nature of the badger, and options for controlling that field damage.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Chad May - Meltpoint Environmental



About 60 entrepreneurs applied. Ten were selected. Three were ranked most highly by voters, and one ultimately won the grand prize award. That was a process designed by the K-State College of Business to encourage entrepreneurs, and the winner is an innovative entrepreneur from rural Kansas.
3/4/2015 8:00:00 AM


Tips for Effective and Efficient Crop Water Use



Common questions agricultural producers in Kansas have regarding water use typically relate to conserving the Ogallala Aquifer in the western part of the state and reservoir sedimentation concerns in the eastern part of the state.
3/3/2015 8:00:00 AM


WHEAT VARIETY REPORT Play Audio



Varieties from the K-State wheat breeding program remain prolific across the Kansas wheat production landscape, according to new USDA numbers.  Marsha Boswell has more in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


KEEP ALERT Play Audio



To conclude Severe Weather Awareness Week, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reviews some of the systems and devices that can deliver severe weather alerts to your home or workplace.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


FLASH FLOODING Play Audio



It only takes a small amount of rainfall to create flash flooding. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains some of these factors, and what we can do to stay safe.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


”DUCK” FROM SEVERE WEATHER Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp kicks off Severe Weather Awareness Week with an acronym to help families stay safe when severe weather strikes.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Weather Update... Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers Kansas agricultural weather.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


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