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THE FRACKING CONTROVERSY Play Audio



Hydraulic fracturing, hydro-fracturing, hydro-fracking, or just plain old fracking is under ever-increasing scrutiny and criticism.   According to estimates, some two-and-a-half million fracking operations had been undertaken around the world as of about two years ago, with some saying about a million of those had been done in the United States.  The guest is Susan Brantley, distinguished professor of geosciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. She also is director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012.
 

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


PREPARING FOR WINTER TRAVEL Play Audio



There is often a wide gap between when winter weather arrives and when winter officially begins. Winter officially starts on December 21st, but you better be prepared for it much sooner – especially if you’re traveling. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says a large part of being prepared for winter travel is paying attention to the current weather conditions and the forecast for the days you’ll be traveling. She also encourages you to assemble a winter weather kit and keep it in your vehicle.
 

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


WINTER WEATHER KIT Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp notes what items you should have in your car in case of a winter weather emergency. 

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


WINTER WEATHER ISSUES Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how Kansas weather can change rapidly.

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


STORM TRACKS Play Audio



Benjamin Franklin helped identify coastal storm patterns, according to state climatologist Mary Knapp.

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


Republican River Basin Agreements Play Audio



From the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources, Chris Beightel has the details on a pair of agreements the state of Kansas recently signed with the states of Nebraska and Colorado, in regard to use of water from the Republican River Basin...he explains what those agreements mean to crop irrigators in north-central and northwest Kansas.

10/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


Food for Thought Presents Bruce Vincent



Bruce Vincent will speak at K-State’s Forum Hall Monday Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. for Food for Thought’s Upson Lecture Series. Vincent’s presentation is titled “With Vision There Is Hope – How NOT to be the career of last choice.”
10/29/2014 8:00:00 AM


Evaluating Cattle Feeding Sites Vital to Producers



For Kansas’ cattle producers, building new feeding facilities can mean shelling out serious cash. However, Ron Graber, Kansas State University watershed extension specialist, said it’s an investment that pays for itself for years to come.


10/24/2014 8:00:00 AM


WARM WINDS IN FALL AND WINTER Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that warm winds don’t always come from the south. 

10/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

10/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


SNOWFALL VARIATION IN KANSAS Play Audio



Snow isn’t always greater in the northern part of the state compared to the southern part, according K-State climatologist Mary Knapp. 

10/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


HALLOWEEN SNOW Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at Kansas snowfalls on October 31.                                  

10/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Impact of Fracking on Groundwater Play Audio



The presenter of the 2014 Ellis Lecture in Soil Science at K-State, geoscientist Susan Brantley of Penn State University, talks about the use of hydrological fracking in oil and gas exploration, and what science says about the ensuing impact on groundwater supplies...she advises agricultural producers and others who use groundwater to be knowledgeable about the topic.

10/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Agricultural Weather Scene Play Audio



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

10/16/2014 7:00:00 PM


FROZEN PRECIPITATION Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) explains that the term can have any number of meanings.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


HURRICANE MITCH Play Audio



At this time of year, many remember one of the most devastating hurricanes in this region’s history.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back. 

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


CARBON MONOXIDE Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp warns of the danger that can occur if caution is not taken during the cooler month when we rely on heat sources in the home.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Answering the Call: Kansas State University to Host 15 Farm Bill Meetings



Farmers are faced with some of the most important decisions of their working lives under the 2014 Farm Bill. To help them make informed decisions, K-State Research and Extension is teaming with several sponsors to bring 15 educational meetings to Kansans in January and February.
10/15/2014 8:00:00 AM


A Trifecta of Water-Planning Tools



As fall progresses into winter and harvest comes to a close, crop producers might want to consider planning their future crop rotations, crop mixes and irrigation use. The increasing demand for water in the future gives producers an even greater obligation to efficiently use the resource while optimizing yields.


10/14/2014 8:00:00 AM


Coyote Predation on Deer... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks looks at what research says about coyote predation on deer, and whether that's a reason for a decline in deer numbers in Kansas in recent years.

10/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


DATE FOR FIRST KANSAS SNOWFALL Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how snowfall records tell only part of the story.

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


A DIFFERENT KIND OF SNOW BOARD Play Audio



Measuring snowfall is done with the help of a different kind of snow board, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


THE OCTOBER SNOW OF 1997 Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at an unusual autumn snowfall seventeen years ago.                                                  

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Agricultural Weather Scene Play Audio



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

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


Pasture management workshop for small acreage owners



Cool season pastures and hay fields make up the biggest chunk of agricultural land use in Johnson and surrounding counties. Now is a good time to learn about resources to help land owners manage their lands, for commercial production or agricultural exemption.

10/9/2014 8:00:00 AM


Fall Pre-Treating of Annual Weeds... Play Audio



K-State weed management specialist Curt Thompson looks at recommended herbicide programs for treating winter annual weeds in the fall, ahead of planting corn or grain sorghum in the spring...he explains why this can be a good weed control practice.

10/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


A HOME-BASED WEATHER STATION Play Audio



State climatologist Mary Knapp offers tips on taking your personal interest in weather to the next level.                                                                      

10/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


INDIAN SUMMER Play Audio



State climatologist Mary Knapp tells what conditions define the time of year sometimes called Indian Summer.                                                                                

10/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


COLD WAVE Play Audio



A rapid fall in temperature can create a cold wave, as K-State Climatologist Mary Knapp explains.     

10/2/2014 7:00:00 PM