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USDA Ogallala Aquifer Initiative Play Audio



Assistant state conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Xiomara Tryban, talks about the newly-announced opportunity for landowners in certain parts of Kansas to participate in the latest USDA Ogallala Aquifer Initiative, which will provide funding for qualifying producers for conversion to dryland cropping, upgrading inefficient irrigation systems, and other aquifer-conserving practices.

5/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Buildings and Infrastructure



Soils Support Buildings and Infrastructure video

Soils are a crucial component for agriculture and food production. Soils support all kinds of life. From an engineering perspective, soils are also important, as they provide the groundwork for any type of building or structure.
5/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


HAILSTONE RECORDS Play Audio



Hail is a common weather event, but some hailstones can get dangerously large, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


START OF SUMMER Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how the start of the season can have different meanings, depending upon perspective.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


UDALL TORNADO Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at the devastating storm that hit southeast Kansas on May 25th more than half-a-century ago.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


Celebrating 25 Years of the Forest Stewardship Program



25 Years of Forest Stewardship Program video

The Kansas landscape could be described as rather unique when considering how central hardwood forests meet the tallgrass prairie to produce an ecotone—a place of transition from one plant community to another.

5/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


WHY FROST FORMS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says there are reasons why frost might form somewhere, but not on the ground.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


A BOLT FROM THE BLUE Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that lightning can be a threat, even though a storm may be miles away.    

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


MISSING THUNDER Play Audio



Thunder and lightning are usually observed together, but not always, says K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


Municipal Water Use: Efficiencies of Electronic Systems



A decade ago, the small town of Riley, Kansas, was facing big issues related to municipal water. Officials in the town of less than 1,000 people, located about 20 miles northwest of Manhattan, realized a 30 percent water loss for about five years consecutively.
5/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


Study: Spring Heat More Damaging to Wheat than Fall Freeze



A team of researchers including a Kansas State University professor has released results of a study that measures the effects of climate change on wheat yields, findings that may have implications for future wheat breeding efforts worldwide.


5/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


Agroforestry Comes to Kansas May 20-21



Farming and ranching, economic viability, quality of life, conserving our natural resources and good stewardship for Kansas are all subjects for the upcoming Kansas Agroforestry Workshop May 20-21, in Topeka, Kansas.
5/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


TYPES OF FLOODING Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that heavy rainfall isn’t the only reason that flooding occurs.

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


FLOOD HAZARDS Play Audio



Rising water volume can pose serious dangers, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.       

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


HIGH INTENSITY RAINFALL Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how large rain totals are measured, and looks at record rains in Kansas history.

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


A Tale of Two Rivers: Kansas, Missouri River Regions have Differences and Similarities



Like all residents, Pam Fortun cares about clean water coming out of the faucet. As a civil engineer with the fast-growing City of Overland Park, however, designing systems to avoid flash flooding, ensuring water quantity and quality, and minimizing runoff from new neighborhoods are also priorities for her.
5/7/2015 8:00:00 AM


After a Flood, Think Food Safety



Floods can be devastating in a variety of ways. They damage property and can leave lasting effects on communities. With cleaning up and reorganizing on the mind, consumers might not think about the consequences floodwater can have on foods.


5/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


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


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


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


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


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


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM