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FREEZING RAIN Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how freezing rain forms. 

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


MOISTURE CONTENT OF SNOW Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that there are two main ways to measure how much water is in snow.          

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


PINEAPPLE EXPRESS Play Audio



Pacific moisture can create unseasonably wet weather in Kansas this time of year, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.                    

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


Grazing Management For Drought Recovery Play Audio



Another featured speaker at the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Winter Conference earlier this week in Manhattan:  NRCS rangeland management specialist Dusty Tacha talks about grazing management coming out of the depths of the drought...things for producers to think about as they re-calculate their stocking rates, and considerations on rotational grazing systems, to give pastures adequate rest as they recover from the drought.

12/10/2014 6:00:00 PM


HOW FROST FORMS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the process of frost and why there are different types of it.  

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM


BLACK ICE Play Audio



The name of this nearly invisible layer of ice has a long history, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM


TEMPERATURE VARIABILITY Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp sheds light on why temperatures might vary in the same locale.

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

12/4/2014 6:00:00 PM


Innovative K-State Scientist Elected To Commission Chair of International Soil Science Organization



Kansas State University’s Department of Agronomy continues to strengthen its ties to the international scientific community. Ganga Hettiarachchi, associate professor, was recently elected as chair of Commission 4.2 Soils, Food Security, and Human Health of the International Union of Soil Sciences. Her term as chair will extend until 2018.
12/4/2014 8:00:00 AM


World Soil Day: Celebrate the Many Benefits of Soil Dec. 5



World Soil Day Dec. 5, 2014 Video

In a lab at Kansas State University, soil microbiologist Chuck Rice pours red-colored water from a flask through a funnel filled with soil. After several seconds, the water drips from the funnel into a beaker, but this time the water runs clear. The demonstration shows how soil can improve water quality, but that’s only one of the many benefits of this often-overlooked, finite natural resource.

12/3/2014 8:00:00 AM


Reducing Phosphorus Runoff Play Audio



K-State nutrient management agronomist Nathan Nelson talks about ongoing research on phosphorus runoff into surface water resources, and improving best management practices for crop ground to lessen that problem.  He tells of a new phosphorus runoff prediction model being tested in Kansas and surrounding states that could aid in this effort.

12/2/2014 6:00:00 PM


Prescribed Pasture Burning Workshops Play Audio



K-State range management specialist Carol Blocksome previews a series of prescribed pasture burning workshops for Kansas grassland managers coming up in early 2015 at numerous locations around the state.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


HEATING DEGREE DAYS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells about a unique way to monitor energy use and help calculate fuel needs.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


COLD DECEMBER Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp notes that a cold November doesn’t necessarily mean that a cold December will follow.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


ICY WINTER PRECIPITATION Play Audio



In addition to snow and freezing rain, there are other common types of frozen precipitation, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


Winter Travel Tips



The first snow has fallen in Kansas, and with winter holidays upon us, it’s time to start preparing for winter travel. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp said it’s imperative that travelers plan ahead and pack accordingly for those long trips to Grandma’s house this winter.
11/24/2014 8:00:00 AM


Sustainability Taking Shape, One French Fry at a Time



K-State Biodiesel Initiative Video

The sound of a diesel engine is distinct. Sure, some are louder than others, and diesel enthusiasts can usually recognize the differences in sound between Cummins and Powerstroke engines, for example, when driving down the road.

11/24/2014 8:00:00 AM


FREEZE THAW CYCLE Play Audio



Fluctuating winter temperatures cause water to freeze, then thaw, then freeze again, and that cycle can be especially damaging in Kansas, according to K-State Climatologist Mary Knapp.

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


THANKSGIVING STORMS IN KANSAS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks at Turkey Day storms from years past.

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


BLIZZARD Play Audio



K-State Climatologist Mary Knapp explains that for meteorological purposes, certain weather conditions must be met in order for a storm to be called a blizzard.

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


Assessing Cold Temperature Damage to Wheat Play Audio



K-State agronomist Stu Duncan offers his take on the likely damage to the Kansas wheat crop from the sudden temperature plunge and resulting cold stretch of this past week, advising growers to conduct a simple test to assess the degree of damage to their individual fields.

11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM


The Future of Water Use and Conservation in Kansas Play Audio



Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey and the director of the Kansas Water Office, Tracy Streeter, comment on the latest draft of the "vision" for the future of water use and conservation in Kansas, and what it means to production agriculture...that draft was made public at the governor's water conference this week in Manhattan.
 

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


WIND CHILL Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp examines the factors that make up wind chill and its effect on the human body. 

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


WINTER HUMIDITY Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that dehydration isn’t a problem just in summertime.  

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


SNOW AND NORTH WIND Play Audio



Does wind direction determine snowfall?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks at the possibility. 

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


They’re Back: Tiny Mite Can Cause a Big Itch … and Pain



A tiny mite whose bite packs a surprisingly big wallop has reappeared in Kansas, and it may make you think twice about outdoor activities, especially in close proximity to oak trees.


11/7/2014 8:00:00 AM


GREAT BLUE NORTHER OF 1911 Play Audio



It is the most dangerous Arctic outbreak on record, and K-State climatologist Mary Knapp examines that cold November day more than 100 years ago.

11/6/2014 6:00:00 PM