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Dig Deep is an extended conversation with researchers from K-State Research and Extension. In each episode, host Randall Kowalik talks with a different scientist about their background, their work, and more. What spurred that curiosity? What motivates them to keep digging? Better yet, what else do they enjoy? Cycling? Hunting and fishing? Baton twirling? Teaching yoga to pigs? You just never know! Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu. K‑State R ...
 
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In the United States we have agencies and organizations at federal, state, and local levels that work to ensure the safety of the food we eat. As animals and animal byproducts are part of many human diets, it's also important to ensure the safety of livestock feed. Jordan Gebhardt is an assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in…
 
Today's farmers and ranchers have to do a lot more than grow wheat or raise cows and calves--they also have to be machinery technicians, computer programmers, and business managers. It's that last one that for many is most difficult hill to climb. Gregg Ibendahl is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State U…
 
K-State Research and Extension specialists and agents are charged with delivering research-based information to their stakeholders, the citizens of Kansas. Through more than 100 years of history, they've encountered challenges and obstacles as small as a downed internet connection or a burned out bulb on a slide projector, to major weather events l…
 
Think back to your high school chemistry class. Recall that atoms of chemical elements--hydrogen and oxygen, for example--can be combined into molecules of compounds, such as water. The atoms in these compounds are held together by an electrical charge. Suppose certain compounds could be harnessed for their capability to store massive amounts of el…
 
Soybeans feed both humans and animals. They have also been used in the manufacturing of plastics, ink, building products, candles, even tires. Conservatively, more than 2,000 different varieties of soybeans have been documented--but only a fraction of those varieties are grown on a regular basis. Bill Schapaugh is professor in the Department of Agr…
 
Agricultural research requires several things to be successful. Start with a workable theory or proposition, the means to test it, and funding--those things are generally organized by the researcher. Then, there are other things like land, space, equipment, manpower, maintenance and more. Our guest today is responsible for arranging and supervising…
 
When it comes to, shall we say, land-based animal protein, American meal tables usually have one of three major choices: beef, pork, and fowl (under which we'll collect chicken, turkey, and a few ducks). But one land animal that rarely makes it to the table is sheep and goat meat. True, you can find lambchops every so often, and roasted goat meat a…
 
Pork Sausage and pancakes for breakfast; turkey and swiss on sourdough for lunch; beef and broccoli stir-fry for dinner. At most meals, on most American tables, you'll find some form of meat. This abundance of power-packed protein is the result of a livestock production, processing and delivery chain that, in terms of safety, speed and efficiency, …
 
On the cusp of our first full academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic, K-12 students and parents are facing many tough decisions about how, when, and especially, where the next 9 months of education will happen. These decisions will have ramifications not just for education, but also for cognitive and social development, and family relationships…
 
Hemp is one of our most versatile plants. The seeds can be added to food, hemp oil can be used just like olive oil, and hemp fiber can stand in for cotton and wood pulp. Industrial hemp production is legal in Kansas. Arguably the top hemp researcher in Kansas, Jason Griffin left landscape horticulture behind to help farmers maximize production, and…
 
For many people, owning land is something they need to make life complete. Farmers need land to plant and harvest crops--and that often means leasing crop land. Mykel Taylor, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, has spent several years looking at land lease arrangements between farmers and l…
 
Prescribed burning provides many advantages to beef cattle ranchers; chiefly, burning clears a pasture of undesirable growth, weeds, and plant debris, and the grass that follows a burn is rich in nutrients and crude protein. But as with most things, there are some downsides to annual prescribed burning. K.C. Olson, a professor in the Department of …
 
In the past 40 years, the emergence of technology—especially personal technology—has unleashed a vast river of data. Personal computers, the Internet, mobile phones, and especially their pocket-sized Frankenstein, the smart phone, have opened our lives up to corporations, law enforcement, scam artists, and sometimes, thrill-seekers. You may not thi…
 
Quick! Can you name the four main crops grown in Kansas. We'll pause a few seconds. ............ If you said wheat, corn, soybeans and canola*, you're right! Ignacio Ciampitti is an associate professor in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University, and the K-State Research and Extension cropping systems agronomist. It's not just about a …
 
Imagine a small fleet of automated tractors moving through a field, laying down soybeans or applying fertilizer to select grain sorghum plants. There's a lot more "science" than "fiction" in that scenario, and Dan Flippo, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, explains some of the emerging technology th…
 
Is there a connection between how you manage your money, and how you manage your health? Elizabeth Kish is an associate professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, and is also the K-State Research and Extension specialist in family resource management. She'll discuss her research into the connection betw…
 
During his tenure with K-State Research and Extension, Ward Upham has put more research into the hands of stakeholders and local agents than, well, most anyone else in the organization. As the horticulture rapid response coordinator, and the state coordinator of the Master Gardener program, Ward has helped home gardeners keep schedule with Mother N…
 
We share our planet with insects--or do the insects share their planet with us? There's a whole other world crawling beneath our feet and buzzing above our heads. Raymond Cloyd, a horticultural entomologist and plant protection specialist with K-State Research and Extension, discusses his work with insects, and why the most effective form of pest m…
 
While some agricultural research happens in various indoor laboratories on the K-State campus, even more research occurs within the network of agricultural experiment stations located across Kansas. The Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers (WKARC) includes locations in Colby, Garden City, Tribune and Hays, the headquarters of the WKARC. Bob…
 
The next Kansas City Strip steak you cut into will probably be a little different than the steak you cut into 20 years ago — the difference being, it’s probably a better steak. Great strides are being made in America’s beef industry to deliver a higher quality product to every supermarket, backyard grill and dinner table. Our guest on this edition …
 
Whenever astronomers peer through their telescopes at distant planets, orbiting stars in galaxies far, far away…and when NASA dispatches probes to Mars, the one thing they all look for is water. If there’s evidence of water on a distant planet, then there might be life of some sort. Certainly on our planet, water is life, for all but a handful of l…
 
We humans know what goes into the food on our plate (usually!), but what goes into that can of dog food, or bag of dry cat food? How is it formulated and processed? How can anyone know that your dog or cat is going to like that new food you brought home from the store? Dr. Greg Aldrich is a Research Associate Professor at Kansas State University, a…
 
Dr. Cassie Jones is an Assistant Professor of Feed Technology at Kansas State University where she has a joint research, teaching and outreach appointment in the Department of Grain Science & Industry. Her research efforts include evaluating the effects of ingredients or feed processing technologies on feed safety and animal nutrition. She teaches …
 
Cheryl Boyer is an associate professor of nursery crops at Kansas State University and co-founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement. Currently, Boyer has a 75% extension and 25% research appointment, and she co-teaches the course Nursery Management. Boyer is the first faculty member to hold her position at K-State, and she is eager to h…
 
The U.S. Department of Energy reports the typical American family spends at least $2,000 a year on utility bills. K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss says replacing a manual or programmable thermostat with a “smart” thermostat is just one of the steps we can take to reduce energy costs – without sacri…
 
A group of extension specialists, including K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss have responded to the student loan debt crisis with a series of 10 fact sheets to help students and their parents understand student loans before and after they borrow money.…
 
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