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TREE LEAF RETENTION Play Audio



Because of an unusually harsh mid-fall cold snap, many deciduous trees retained some of their leaves.  And when a heavy snow or ice storm hits, that leaf load could raise the risk of tree damage.  K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust looks closer at why that leaf retention took place, asking homeowners and landowners to be on alert for possible problems. 

12/18/2014 6:00:00 PM


Poinsettia Preservation and Testing Spring Seed Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham has more about preserving the colorful foliage on poinsettias through the rest of the holiday season and beyond, and talks about conducting a germination test on any vegetable garden seed that's being held over for planting next spring.
 

12/17/2014 6:00:00 PM


Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
12/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

12/16/2014 6:00:00 PM


FIREWOOD PEST CAUTIONS Play Audio



Burning firewood is not only an energy-efficient way to heat a dwelling.  It also contributes to good woodland management, according to K-State forester Bob Atchison.  Still, those who cut, transport and store firewood need to be cautious about at least one damaging wood-borne insect species.
 

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


Avoiding Lawn Grass Damage in Winter Play Audio



K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about the importance of minimizing foot and vehicle traffic on lawn grass during the winter.

12/10/2014 6:00:00 PM


Healthy Yards: Marcescence



You may have noticed quite a few trees that are still full of leaves—in some cases, they may even be right next to trees that are completely bare. K-State Research and Extension horticulturist Ward Upham explains this rare phenomenon, and what caused it.  See video
12/10/2014 8:00:00 AM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

12/9/2014 6:00:00 PM


LIVESTOCK WINDBREAK VALUE Play Audio



Research has repeatedly confirmed it, and many livestock producers know it first-hand:  there’s great value in establishing protective windbreaks for cattle to buffer harsh winter weather.  The Kansas Forest Service at K-State stands ready to assist producers with advice on livestock windbreak design and establishment, and low-cost conservation trees are available from the service for this very purpose.  It’s the topic addressed this week by K-State forester Bob Atchison.

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM


Innovative K-State Scientist Elected To Commission Chair of International Soil Science Organization



Kansas State University’s Department of Agronomy continues to strengthen its ties to the international scientific community. Ganga Hettiarachchi, associate professor, was recently elected as chair of Commission 4.2 Soils, Food Security, and Human Health of the International Union of Soil Sciences. Her term as chair will extend until 2018.
12/4/2014 8:00:00 AM


Poinsettias and Holiday Plant Care Play Audio



Johnson County Extension horticulture agent Dennis Patton talks about selection and care of poinsettias during the Christmas season, and suggests a couple of other holiday plant options as well.

12/3/2014 6:00:00 PM


World Soil Day: Celebrate the Many Benefits of Soil Dec. 5



World Soil Day Dec. 5, 2014 Video

In a lab at Kansas State University, soil microbiologist Chuck Rice pours red-colored water from a flask through a funnel filled with soil. After several seconds, the water drips from the funnel into a beaker, but this time the water runs clear. The demonstration shows how soil can improve water quality, but that’s only one of the many benefits of this often-overlooked, finite natural resource.

12/3/2014 8:00:00 AM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

12/2/2014 6:00:00 PM


Prescribed Pasture Burning Workshops Play Audio



K-State range management specialist Carol Blocksome previews a series of prescribed pasture burning workshops for Kansas grassland managers coming up in early 2015 at numerous locations around the state.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


RED MAPLE CONCERNS Play Audio



A number of homeowners have taken to the appearance of red maples, and in fact have planted them in their landscapes.  K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust understands the appeal of red maples…but this tree really struggles in Kansas’ winter conditions.  On this week’s Tree Tales, he talks about the concerns associated with red maples.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


CHRISTMAS TREE CARE Play Audio



A real Christmas tree can give your house a fresh holiday scent. Kansas State forestry specialist Charlie Barden talks about selecting and managing a fresh-cut Christmas tree.  The main thing to concentrate on is consistently supplying the tree with sufficient moisture during its holiday stay indoors.

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


Winter Storage of Pesticides Play Audio



Riley County Extension horticultural agent Gregg Eyestone offers some guidelines on storing leftover lawn and garden pesticide products for the winter.
 

11/19/2014 6:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM


PREPARATION FOR SPRING TREE PLANTING Play Audio



K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust addresses site preparation for trees to be planted in the spring. Readying the site now will contribute to that tree getting off to a much better start right after planting. Armbrust gives examples of what one can do for sites before harsh winter conditions arrive.

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


Winterizing Strawberry Beds and Landscape Woody Plants Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about winterizing strawberry beds, and about watering landscape woody plants to prevent winter desiccation.

11/12/2014 6:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

11/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


Advantages of Limiting Firewood Transport Play Audio



The manager of the Plant Protection and Weed Control Division of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Jeff Vogel, urges those who cut or purchase firewood to limit the transportation distance of that wood, as part of the campaign to keep tree pest problems like pine wilt disease and the emerald ash borer from spreading further in the state.

11/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


4-H Community Gardens Play Audio



K-State 4-H Extension assistant Evelyn Neier talks about the opportunities for 4-H groups to establish community gardens around Kansas, and provides some guidelines for getting started.

11/9/2014 6:00:00 PM


They’re Back: Tiny Mite Can Cause a Big Itch … and Pain



A tiny mite whose bite packs a surprisingly big wallop has reappeared in Kansas, and it may make you think twice about outdoor activities, especially in close proximity to oak trees.


11/7/2014 8:00:00 AM


KANSAS NATURAL RESOURCES CONFERENCE Play Audio



Anyone with an interest in land resources management will stand to gain from participating in the 2015 Kansas Natural Resources Conference, according to K-State forester Charlie Barden.  This two-day event will take place in Wichita on January 29th -30th.  This week’s Tree Tales covers the details of that broad-based conference. 

11/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


Itch Mites Play Audio



K-State horticultural entomologist Bob Baurenfiend has the story of itch mites descending from landscape oak trees this fall, causing uncomfortable rashes on people who come in contact with them...and what, if anything, can be done about it.

11/5/2014 6:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

11/4/2014 6:00:00 PM


Legal Issues, Family Dynamics are Part of Upcoming Farm Succession Conferences



Dennis Metz admits it. He was resistant to some of the changes his sons wanted to make on the family’s dairy and crop farm near Wellington, Kansas.
11/3/2014 8:00:00 AM


RIPARIAN FOREST PROTECTION Play Audio



Streams and rivers in Kansas were once lined with forested areas.  However, over time, those riparian areas have given way to other uses.  That prompts K-State riparian forester Mitch Lundeen to remind landowners of the value of riparian forests, which is manifested in several ways.  Further, he encourages landowners to take the initiative to restore and preserve those tree resources.
 

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


Controlling Weeds in Home Lawns Play Audio



K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about controlling broadleaf weeds in home lawns here in the late fall.

 


10/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


Republican River Basin Agreements Play Audio



From the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources, Chris Beightel has the details on a pair of agreements the state of Kansas recently signed with the states of Nebraska and Colorado, in regard to use of water from the Republican River Basin...he explains what those agreements mean to crop irrigators in north-central and northwest Kansas.

10/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

10/28/2014 7:00:00 PM


CONTROLLING BUSH HONEYSUCKLE Play Audio



A woody shrub called the bush honeysuckle is invading many wooded areas in parts of Kansas, competing directly with valued tree species.  Fall is a great time to control this problem, according to K-State forester Charlie Barden.  This week, he talks about the various means of doing so.  

10/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


End of Season Gardening Play Audio



Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton runs through an end-of-season checklist for vegetable gardeners.
 

10/22/2014 7:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen", his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

10/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Harvesting and Storing the Last Garden Vegetables Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about harvesting and storing those very last garden vegetables of the season.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


KNOW YOUR FIREWOOD Play Audio



The chill of fall means that the home wood-burning season is here.  Nothing takes the edge off a cold day like a fire in the wood stove or fireplace, says K-State forester Charlie Barden.  And he says that one should be familiar with the heating capabilities of the various tree species before purchasing wood or cutting one’s own.  This week, he offers some helpful guidelines.
 

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen... Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.
 

10/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


MARKETING LOCAL TIMBER Play Audio



Many landowners are surprised at the market value of standing timber found on their property.  And the demand for local timber is on the rise, according to K-State forester Bob Atchison.  This week, he offers several seller’s tips on marketing timber, advising landowners to take their time before leaping into any sort of marketing agreement.

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM