Forestry Researcher Talks about Model that Predicts Wildfire Probabilities

(Photo Courtesy of David Clawson)

Dr. Mike Stambaugh, a Professor of Forestry at the University of Missouri, discussed the Physical Chemical Fire Frequency Model which focuses on two variables: temperature and precipitation.  The model can be applied to virtually any geographic area in the world down to about a square kilometer, and predicts the probability and frequency of wildfires for that area.

Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 10/19/2017


John Schlageck, Senior Writer/Editor, with Kansas Farm Bureau joined us on Thursday Ag Issues program. John created the book, “Our Land, Our Lives”, to celebrate the centennial celebration of Kansas Farm Bureau. The collection of Schlageck’s essays and photos is dedicated to Kansas farm and ranch families and is steeped in the tradition, heritage and culture of agriculture in the Sunflower State. It represents more than five decades and five generations of Farm Bureau members.

If you would like to pre-order the book, click here.

Proceeds from “Our Land, Our Lives” will contribute to future agricultural leaders. Scholarships will be created for undergraduate students studying agricultural communications at Kansas State University.



Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 10/18/2017


Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association joined us on Wednesday’s Ag Issues program. Dinneen commented on EPA’s late September announcement of a proposal to further reduce the renewable-volume blend requirements for advanced biofuels, biomass-based diesel volumes for 2018 and 2019 and the total renewable fuel volumes in the RFS. He also commented on analysis, commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association, that looked at trends in the prices for conventional biofuel RIN’s (Renewable Identification Number Credits) and retail gasoline from 2013 to the summer of 2017.


Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 10/17/2017


Dave Salmonsen, Senior Director of Congressional Relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation joined us on Tuesday’s Ag Issues program. The discussion focused on the recently completed fourth round of re-negotiations between the United States, Canada, and Mexico on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Salmonsen says agriculture was the main focus of this round of talks held in Washington D.C. Among a couple of major items included the U.S. wanting to reverse Canada’s dairy supply management system as part of the NAFTA renegotiation. Another potential sticking point between the U.S. and Mexico is if a U.S. proposal is presented that would allow produce farmers to invoke trade remedy laws over seasonal surges.  With three scheduled rounds of talks remaining, Salmonsen looked ahead as to the direction the talks will go during those rounds.


Near Term Planting and Harvesting Conditions More Favorable.

Kansas State Assistant State Climatologist Mary Knapp was the guest on Monday’s Ag Issues program.  Mary gave an update on moisture and temperature conditions across the state.  She also said that wheat planting and soybean harvesting conditions should be favorable for the week.  Mary also talked about a study predicting shorter bluestem grass across the central plains in the next 75 years due to expected changes in the rain patterns.

Kansas Ag Issues Podcast – 10/12/2017


Jesse McCurry, Executive Director of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association and Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, joined us on Thursday’s Ag Issues program. The discussion focused on several topics including discussions on the farm bill, acres, value and exports.  McCurry says the demand for U.S. sorghum has added value to the Kansas Sorghum producers bottom line. McCurry also comments on this year’s harvest and if they’re having issues with sugarcane aphids across the state.  He also commented the collaborative sorghum investment program and what will bring sorghum producers in the future.