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Mar 28, 2024

  • Soil Management for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Checking Soil Temperature Before Planting Corn
  • Picking a Fruit Tree


00:01:05 – Soil Management for Sustainable Agriculture: Beginning today’s show is Rattan Lal, K-State’s Roscoe Ellis Jr. Lecturer, as he discusses sustainable agriculture and how soil management impacts food and climate security.

Rattan Lal

Roscoe Ellis, Jr. Lectureship


00:12:05 – Checking Soil Temperature Before Planting Corn: K-State farming systems specialist, Ignacio Ciampitti, continues the show as he reminds corn growers about the importance of soil temperature for planting and emergence.

Mesonet - Soil Temperature

Spring Planting in Kansas


00:23:05 – Picking a Fruit Tree: Rebecca McMahon, Extension Local Food Systems Program administrator, finishes the show as she covers the basics for selecting fruit tree varieties, such as apples, pears, peaches, cherries and plums. 


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