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Moles                      Audio

Listen to this short report to learn more about moles and how to montrol them in your yard.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

May 20, 2022


Bird Feeders                  Audio
Bird feeders are a great way to attack more birds to your yard. Listen to this short report to learn more about bird feeders and feeding birds.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

April 22, 2022


Wildlife Damage                 Audio
Wildlife can be enjoyable to watch, but sometimes they can also cause damage to your lawn or garden. Listen to this report to learn how to manage nuisance wildlife.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

April 15, 2022


Raccoons                             Audio
Racoons are a commonly seen animal in Kansas. Listen to this short report to learn more about racoons.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

April 9, 2022


Preparing to Purchase Chicks                     News Column
Spring is here and you may have heard chicks peeping the last time you were at your local farm store, and may be thinking about getting a few chicks yourself. Before going out and purchasing chicks there are a few questions you should first consider before venturing into raising chickens, these questions are:

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

March 11, 2022


Vole Damage                    Audio
Listen to this report to learn how to manage damage to your yard caused by voles.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

March 11, 2022


Rabbits                           Audio
Listen to this short report to learn more about rabbits.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

February 24, 2022


Bird Plots For Song Birds                  News Column
Birds are commonly seen flying through backyards, occasionally perching in a tree, or on a fence. Some may even choose to build nests in your backyard. If you have wondered how to attract more birds to your yard and encourage them to stay awhile, a good way to do so is to provide feed for them.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

February 18, 2022


Soil Sampling                    Audio
Thinking about planting a warm season foo plot? Taking a soil test before planting will tell you what fertilizer need to be added to prepare the soil. Listen to this short repot to learn how to collect a soil sample.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

February 18, 2022


Winter Birdfeeding                 Audio
Do you have a bird feeder in your yard? Listen to this short report for tips on feeding birds during the winter.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

February 4, 2022


Wind Breaks                          Audio
Long report description: Windbreaks provide shelter for wildlife, listen to this short recording to lean more about windbreaks for wildlife.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

January 28, 2022


Managing Land for Wildlife                  Audio
While the cold weather may be keeping you indoors, now is a great time to start making management plans for later in the year.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

January 21, 2022


Preparing for Kidding Season                News Column
Kidding season is right around the corner, or for some producers it may have already begun. If kidding has not already started for you, now is a good time to go through your supplies to make sure you have everything you may need.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

January 14, 2022


Skunks                         Audio
Listen to this radio report to learn more the different types of skunks that are native to Kansas.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

January 14, 2022


Cotton Tail Rabbits           Audio
Listen to this short report to learn more about cottontail rabbits.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

December 22, 2021


Squirrels                  Audio
Producers looking to cut operational costs but maintain performance can consider modifying feeding frequency. Is the price of delivery to the feed bunk compensated by time and expenses?

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

December 10, 2021


Heat Lamps                    Audio
Heat lamps are a great way to keep animals warm, but it is important to hang heat lamps securely. Listen to this short report to get a few tips on how to hang heat lamps safely to help prevent fire.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

December 10, 2021


Coyotes                            Audio
Long report description: Coyotes are found in every state, except for Hawaii. Listen to this report to learn more about Coyotes.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

December 3, 2021


Preventing Unwanted House Guests                         News Column
The weather has gotten cooler and many types of wildlife are preparing for winter. While we may have been enjoying the leaves changing colors and preparing for the coming holidays, wildlife have had other priorities.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

November 19, 2021


Rabbits                        Audio
Cold weather can be stressful for rabbits, listen to this short report to learn how to care for rabbits during cold weather.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

November 19, 2021


Beavers                        Audio
Beavers can sometimes become a nuisance for landowners who have a pond or creek on their property. Listen to this short report to learn more about beavers.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

November 10, 2021


Fall Wildlife                     Audio
While we are enjoying the cooler fall weather wildlife are busy preparing for winter. Listen to this short report to find out how commonly seen wildlife species are preparing for winter and how it might affect you.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

November 5, 2021


Coyotes                              Audio
Coyotes are one of the most common predators in Kansas. Listen to this short report to learn more about them.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

October 22, 2021


Deer on the Road                           Audio
Listen to this short report to learn tips on avoiding deer on the roads this fall.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

October 16, 2021


Deer                                 Audio
Deer are a common sight in Kansas, especially in the fall. Listen to this short report to learn more about them.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

October 8, 2021


Food Plots                                 Audio
If you are thinking about planting a food plot, listen to this short report to learn how to determine this best location and type of food plot to meet your goals.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

October 2, 2021


Food Plot Considerations            Article
Fall is here and so is hunting season. Dove season opened the beginning of the month and rifle season for deer is quickly approaching. If you are an avid hunter and/or manage land for deer, you may be considering planting a winter food plot.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

Sept 24, 2021


Crows                       Audio
Listen to this short report to learn more about one of America's best known birds, the crow.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

Sept 24, 2021


Bats                            Audio
Bats are not often seen due to their nocturnal nature, because of this they may seem mysterious. Listen to this short report to learn more about bats.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

Sept 17, 2021


Dove Hunting                      Audio
Going dove hunting? Listen to this short report to learn more about cleaning and storing dove after the hunt.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

Sept 3, 2021


Record Keeping                         Audio
Record keeping is an important part of nay operation, but it can be easily lost in the business of the day-to-day activities. Listen to this short report to learn more about record keeping and why it is important.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

August 20, 2021


Backyard Wildlife Habitat                Audio
 Interested in ways you can improve your backyard to attract wildlife? Listen to this short report.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

August 13, 2021


Opossums                  Audio

Opossums, more commonly referred to as possums, can occasionally be a nuisance to homeowners. Listen to this short report to learn more abou them.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

July 30, 2021


Bees                            Audio
What's all the buzz about? Listen to this short recording to learn more about bees.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

July 23, 2021


Bird Feeders              Audio
Thinking about adding a bird feeder to your back yard? Listen to this short radio report to learn more about them.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

June 25, 2021


Moles                         Audio
Moles can be a nuisance for homeowners due to the damage they can cause to the lawn and garden. Learn more about moles to better control them listen to this short report.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

June 3, 2021


Wildlife Damage             Audio
Long report description: Wildlife can be fun to watch, however they are not as enjoyable to have around when they cause damage to your lawn and garden. Listen to this short report to learn how to control damage caused by nuisance wildlife.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

May 21, 2021


Raccoons                    Audio
Racoons are a commonly seen animal in Kansas. Listen to this short report to learn more about racoons.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

April 30, 2021


Land for Wildlife            Audio
Managing land for wildlife means taking into account the food, water, and shelter needs that different species of wildlife have. Listen to this short report to learn more about managing land for wildlife.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

April 23, 2021


Food Plots                  Audio
Have you been thinking about planting a food plot or want to find out more about the benefits of a food plot? Listen to this short recording to learn more about them.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

April 16, 2021


Vole Damage             Audio
Long report description: Voles are commonly a cause of small holes found in lawns. Learn more about recognizing the signs of damage caused by voles and how to control them.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

March 25, 2021


Voles                         Audio

Voles are commonly found in Kansas and can be a nuisance to gardeners and homeowners. Listen to this short report to learn more about them.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

March 19, 2021


Rabbits                      Audio
Cottontail rabbits are commonly seen in both rural and suburban areas. Check out this short radio recording to learn more about them!

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

March 12, 2021


Livestock Guardians                 Audio
Livestock Guardian Dogs can be a valuable asset to a sheep or goat operation by decreasing the loss of animals to predators. Listen to this short recording to learn more about livestock guardian dogs. 

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

March 5, 2021


Heat Lamps              Audio
While heat lamps are a great source of extra heat for animals, they can also be a protentional fire risk when used incorrectly. Here are a few tips on using heat lamps safely.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

February 19, 2021


Meat Rabbits            Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

February 12, 2021


Winter Bird Feeding              Audio
Not only do bird feeders attract birds to your yard they also provide birds a source of food during the winter when food is limited. 

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

February 5, 2021


Windbreaks         Audio
Have you ever wonder what role windbreaks play in wildlife habitat? Listen to this report to learn more about windbreaks and how they can benefit wildlife.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

January 29, 2021


Managing Land for Wildlife              Audio
While the cold weather may be keeping you indoors, now is a great time to start making management plans for later in the year.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

January 22, 2021


Skunks                 Audio
Skunks are a common in Kansas and are most often categized as a nuisance animal. Learn more about skunks, how to prevent them from living close to your home, and how to get rid of skunk odor. 

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

January 15, 2021


Colostrum                                 Audio
Colostrum, also referred to as liquid gold, is the first milk the mother produces. It is vital for newborn lambs and kids' survival to consume colostrum within 24 hours after birth. 

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

January 8, 2021


Cotton Tail Rabbits                                    Audio
Did you know cotton tail rabbits are one of the most common types of wildlife observed? Here are some facts about cotton tail rabbits.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

December 28, 2020


Prepairing for Kidding  Season                   Audio        
As kidding season approaches here a few tips to help prepare for the arrival of spring kids.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

December 23, 2020


Managing Does in Late Gestation            Article
While making preparations for kidding season, ensuring that there is adequate shelter for does and kids and that you are stocked up on all the supplies you may need, it is also important to ensure that does are receiving the nutrients they need during the last 4-6 weeks of gestation, also referred to as late gestation.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

December 18, 2020


Squirrels                Audio
Squirrels are commonly seen in both rural and suburban areas of Southeast Kansas. Did you know there is more than one species of squirrel in Kansas though?

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

December 18, 2020


Heat Lamps                         Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

December 11, 2020


Wildlife                              Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

November 27, 2020


Preventing Unwanted House Guest                  Article

The weather has gotten cooler and many types of wildlife are preparing for winter. While we may have been enjoying the leaves changing colors and preparing for the coming holidays, wildlife has had other priorities.

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

November 20, 2020


Rabbits                   Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

November 20, 2020


Beavers                       Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

November 13, 2020


Fall Wildlife                             Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

November 6, 2020


Chicken Coops                           Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

October 30, 2020


Deer On The Roads                              Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

October 23, 2020


Coyotes                   Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

October 15, 2020


 

Deer                          Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

October 9, 2020


 

Food Plots               Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

October 3, 2020


 

Crows                      Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

September 25, 2020


 

Bats                          Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

September 18, 2020


 

Coyote                      Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

September 4, 2020


 

Backyard Wildlife Habitat                  Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

August 14, 2020


 

Snakes                   Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

August 7, 2020


Opossums             Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

July 30, 2020


 

Bees                      Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

July 24, 2020


 

Bird Feeders           Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

June 26, 2020


 

Moles               Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

June 5, 2020


 

Raccoons               Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

April 27, 2020



 Land For Wildlife        Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

April 20,2020



 Food Plots             Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

April 6,2020


 
Vole Damage          Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

March 23, 2020


 
Managing Land For Wildlife      Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

- February 2,2020


 

 Skunks          Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

-January 20,2020


 

Busy Beavers                   Audio             Article 
You may be familiar with the saying “busy as a beaver”, and beavers can be pretty busy in southeast Kansas. If you spend time around ponds and creeks you may have seen signs indicating that beavers have been busily working to build their dams, dens, and food caches.

 - September 10,2019


 

 

Insects 3-13-19    Video    Insects as Pests & Helpers PPT

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Reptiles 2-20-19    Video

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Amphibians 2-20-19   Video

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Mammals 2-12-19    Video    Mammal Champions PPT   Threatened and Endangered Species PPT

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Aquatic Weed Control - AudioArticle

In the heat of summer, many people find themselves drawn to cool and refreshing water. Often, this is either a swim at the lake or just sitting back and casting a line in their favorite fishing hole. Not only are mosquitos a pest, but it just isn’t near as fun to swim or fish when you are constantly fighting aquatic weeds. This time of year, aquatic plants tend to flourish in local ponds and water systems.

September 6, 2018


 Harvest Compaction - Audio - Article

Crop harvest is an exciting time for most producers. It is often joked that planting, fertilizing and spraying are all done solely for the chance to get to ride around in the combine. Although most farmers take much pride in every farming practice they endeavor in, it’s always nice to get the crop off the field and a paycheck in the pocket. One downfall to row crop harvest is not what’s taken off the field, but rather the potential soil compaction that may be occurring below ground.

September 6, 2018


 

Fish In Our Area 3-5-18      Video

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Seth Lundgren, District Fisheries Biologist, discusses fish in our area as well as what it takes for an interested student to become involved in fisheries biology.

 

Reptiles in our Area 3-5-18      Video

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Bryant Traxson reviews the common venomous snakes in our area. A special emphasis on the timber rattlesnake.

 

Animal Tracks and Signs 2-19-18     Video

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Rob Riggin with the KDWPT, discussed how to identify animals by their tracks and the signs they leave.

 

Wildlife Identification 2-5-18    Video

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 Vickie Cikanek and Jacob Christenson, District Wildlife Biologists from KDWPT spoke about how to identify animal species. They had pelts, skulls, bones and much more.

 

 Introduction to Wildlife Habitat Education Program 1-29-18    Video      

Jeri Wildlife video

For youth ages 9-18, there is an exciting opportunity to partake in wildlife learning sessions to prepare for the state sponsored Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) contest. This is the introductory video for these sessions.


Armadillos - Audio

The nine banded armadillo is an interesting and unique animal. In the summer, they are mainly active during twilight through early morning hours. Their damage is often easily identified by the numerous spots dug up in a yard overnight. There are multiple ways to help control problem armadillos.

March 12, 2018


 Mountain Lions - Audio

Mountain lions are a shy and secretive creature. Even in areas with established breeding populations, they are rarely seen. Although breeding populations have not been found in our area, recent reports note that there may be a few transient males that get sighted. Just seeing a mountain lion should not necessarily be a cause for concern. Attacks on humans are extremely rare.

February 12, 2018


Managing Agricultural Land to Benefit Wildlife- Audio Article

Winter can be brutal on occasion, and knowing that the cows need to be fed and chores still need to be done are sometimes the only reasons to head outdoors. Nonetheless, nothing beats the feeling of sunshine on a cold brisk winter morning and hearing the birds sing happily in the trees. Even better, would be seeing a healthy covey of quail fly off ahead or a monster buck go dashing away in the nearby woods. Making plans this winter to manage agricultural land to benefit wildlife can help lead to seeing healthy and diverse wildlife populations in the future.

January 3, 2018


Pack Rats - Audio

The proper common name is Eastern woodrat. The name many Kansas people use when referring to this native rodent is the pack rat. Another less common name is the trade rat.

 August 29, 20107


 Cottontail Damage Control- Audio

Cottontails prefer brushy cover interspersed with open areas. Abundant growth during the spring and summer provides the rabbits with all the food and cover they need. In the winter, when food is limited, rabbits eat twigs and gnaw the bark of woody plants. This is why young trees and seedlings need to be protected from rabbits during the winter months.

 August 29, 2017


Wildlife During Haying Season - Audio

-June 22, 2017


Being Wildlife Minded During Haying Season - Article

Summer hay meadows and alfalfa fields provide wonderful habitat to a wide variety of wildlife. Songbirds, quail, turkey, deer and rabbits all use these fields throughout the growing season. These areas provide cover, food and nesting areas to rear young. For any producer who enjoys wildlife, it can be disheartening to ruin a nest of turkey eggs or, even worse, hit a fawn. In order to reduce the number of abandoned nests, wounds or deaths of local wildlife, there are a few strategies a producer can take.

-June 22, 2017


Increasing Quail Habitat - Audio

The northern bobwhite quail is the most well-known game bird in Kansas. Many landowners may want to increase the number of quail in their area. It is important to know that the way land is managed has a direct relationship to the number of bobwhite quail. Quail require different cover at different times of the year, and their habitat can be quite complex to manage.

- May 4, 2017


Raccoons- Audio

Most, if not all, towns and cities across Kansas have raccoons living within the city limits. Because raccoons move around and feed at night, they are seldom seen. Of all the wild animals that have adapted to city life, raccoons are probably the most destructive.


Coyotes-Audio

This time of year, many livestock producers may begin to notice coyotes more frequently as the winter progresses. But how much is really known about this predator?

- January 20, 2017