1380 – How Different Will this Year’s Prescribed Burn Season Be in Kansas?… The Importance of Soil Temperatures for Early-Season Crops

  • Prescribed Burn Advice for 2023
  • The Importance of Soil Temperatures


00:01:10  — Prescribed Burn Advice for 2023 Part One: We are joined today by fuels specialist with the Kansas Forest Service, Luke Berning, for a two-part conversation on prescribed burns this year. In this first segment Luke discusses the history of prescribed burns in Kansas, their benefits, and the importance of understanding the types of plants in your area before burning. 


00:12:08  — Prescribed Burn Advice for 2023 Part Two: In part two Luke shares insight on how this year really differs from past years and that advice for the eastern two thirds of the state really differs from the western third due to on-going drought conditions. The advice he shares is so insightful and definitely not a conversation you will want to miss out on!

Links that Luke shared in today’s show:

Fire Management Program | Kansas Forest Service | Kansas State University

Kansas Prescribed Fire Council (kglc.org)

Kansas Prescribed Burning Associations (kglc.org)

Great Plains Fire Science Exchange | Great Plains Fire Science Exchange (gpfirescience.org)

Home page, Fire Effects Information System (feis-crs.org)


You can also feel free to contact Luke through email: lrberning@ksu.edu


00:26:06  — The Importance of Soil Temperatures: We end with this week’s horticulture segment where K-State Research and Extension horticulture agent for Riley County, Gregg Eyestone, discusses the importance of taking a soil temperature reading prior to planting early-season crops.


Send comments, questions, or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

Agriculture Today is a daily program featuring Kansas State University agricultural specialists and other experts examining ag issues facing Kansas and the nation. It is hosted by Samantha Bennett and distributed to radio stations throughout Kansas and as a daily podcast.


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