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Busting Myths About Ticks

A walk through the woods, a fishing trip, or an evening playing in the yard with your children are situations with the potential to encounter dozens, even hundreds of blood-sucking pests known as ticks. Ticks can be a problem year-round, but they pose the most threat in warmer summer months. These disease carriers could be harmful to humans and pets alike.
8/20/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansans Can Sign Up Now for New Financial Challenge

Consider this scenario: You live where straight-line winds, occasional flooding, and fire are ever-present threats. Oh, wait, that’s not just a scenario. That’s reality for the almost 2.9 million people who call Kansas home.
8/20/2014 8:00:00 AM

Northern Long-Eared Bat... Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the proposed listing of the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species...a bat that, as historical records indicate, does reside in parts of Kansas.

8/18/2014 7:00:00 PM

More Good News on Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI)... Play Audio

Kate Hagans talks with K-State irrigation engineer Danny Rogers about how SDI can fit into alfalfa production, and the associated benefits and drawbacks,  she also talks with a Kansas producer who participated in the field day, Mark Idle, about how and why he adopted SDI.

8/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how changes in sunlight and temperature affect in intensity of colors in leaves and flowers.                                                

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Agricultural Weather Play Audio

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

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State climatologist Mary Knapp compares the various terms used to describe wind velocity.

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Does weather affect the frequency or severity of earthquakes?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp offers the modern science perspective.                                                

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State’s Freddie Lamm Honored for Work in Subsurface Drip Irrigation for Field Crops

Kansas State University research irrigation engineer Freddie Lamm has been honored for his extensive research and education on subsurface drip irrigation for field crops by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
8/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

Sub-surface Drip Irrigation... Play Audio

From K-State's 2014 Sub-surface Drip Irrigation Field Day last Wednesday:  K-State irrigation engineer Freddie Lamm talks about the expanding role of SDI in Kansas crop production, and what's been learned about the technology over the 25 years of SDI research he's conducted.

8/10/2014 7:00:00 PM

The Kansas Weather Week Ahead... Play Audio

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

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


It’s during the last few weeks of summer that we can expect to see some of our most colorful blooms in the home landscape.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about this unique perennial, and what it may say about the weather weeks ahead.

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


An agro-forestry concept called “alley cropping” will be on full display at the 2014 Fall Forestry Field Day to be hosted by the Kansas Forest Service on Thursday, October 16th.  The location will be the Buchanan Tree Farm near Valley Falls in northeast Kansas.  K-State forester Bob Atchison previews the field day, urging landowners to attend and learn about alley cropping and other tree management topics.

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


Have you ever noticed that your favorite weather radar sometimes displays that characteristic “rain green” coloring over your area, even when it’s dry outside?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says it’s not a technical glitch, but a little-known weather phenomenon.

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM

IN THE ZONE Play Audio

If Kansas weather sometimes feels a bit extreme, it’s not just you—there really is a reason for the state’s hotter hots… and colder colds. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how geography and a mix of climate zones give Kansas a unique climate.

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Wheat annually sponsors the Kansas Wheat Yield Contest, recognizing growers from eastern, central and western Kansas.  And despite a sub-par year for wheat production in this state, this year’s winners were able to achieve some impressive yields, as reported by Marsha Boswell in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM

Prescribed Burning At Alternate Times... Play Audio

From K-State's division of biology, researchers Gene Towne and Joe Craine outline the findings of their 20-year study of prescribed pasture burning in the tallgrass prairie, comparing the traditional April burning to burning in the mid-fall or late winter...the results suggest that burning at these alternate times has no negative effect on grass productivity.

8/5/2014 7:00:00 PM

Prescribed Burning At Alternate Times (Part 2)... Play Audio

More from researchers Gene Towne and Joe Craine, about their 20-year study of prescribed pasture burning in the tallgrass prairie.  In this segment, the two discuss smoke concentration, and a look ahead to further research.

8/5/2014 7:00:00 PM

Implications of the Clean Water Act Play Audio

Bob Johnson and Ian Lyle of the National Water Resources Association talk about the EPA's controversial proposed Clean Water Act rule regarding waters of the United States, as well as actions being proposed on pesticide application regulations near water resources...they were featured speakers at the 2014 Kansas Water Congress.

8/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


While we’ve had a few hot days in Kansas so far this summer, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says they pale in comparison to the summer of 1936.

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


This summer has seen its share of temperature extremes…from typical hot days to stretches of abnormally cools days.  But nearly 100 years ago, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says a volcano led to what was called a “year without a summer.”

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM

New Weather Research on Crop Production Play Audio

New K-State micrometorologist, Eduardo Santos, talks about that area of research he's launching, and how it will lead to important new information for crop production and cropping systems improvement.

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


Tropical storms originating along the equator tend to be inconsistent in their movements. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says there’s a simple climatological reason for that.

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM

Joel DeRouchey Examines A New Study of The Environmental Impact of Beef Cattle Production Play Audio

K-State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey compares the findings of a new study of the environmental impact of beef cattle production to previous research on that same topic, and offers his perceptions of this latest study and the message it's sending.

7/27/2014 7:00:00 PM

NO RECORD HEAT... Play Audio

Despite a run of hot days recently, this month of July is well short of record heat…in fact, just the opposite.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has the details.

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Occasionally, lightning can stray far away from the actual storm.  In fact, as K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports, lightning strikes can occur even under a fully clear sky.

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


The month of August provides an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the wide-open Kansas night sky, and enjoy meteor watching.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp talks about how to make the most of that.

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM

Invasive Weed Increasingly Taking Hold in Kansas

Judging by the number of phone calls he receives, Dallas Peterson is very popular this time of year.

The typical topic is weeds – something Peterson, a Kansas State University agronomist, knows well.

7/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


The climate element most often associated with the state of Kansas is the wind. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp offers this brief refresher on common wind terms.

7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM

The Kansas Weather Week Ahead... Play Audio

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

7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM