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Home Landscape: Fall Tree Planting... Play Audio



K-State landscape specialist emeritus Gus van der Hoeven promotes the planting of landscape trees in the fall, and what's required to succeed with those plantings.

9/17/2014 7:00:00 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.
9/17/2014 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.
 

9/16/2014 7:00:00 PM


Prairie Star Flower Blog is Award Winner



Kansas State University’s Prairie Star Flower blog has been named the winner of the “Outstanding Education Materials Award” by the American Society for Horticultural Science Extension Division.
9/12/2014 8:00:00 AM


PROTECTING RIPARIAN AREAS Play Audio



Shoring up areas around reservoirs and streams with conservation trees remains a major cause of the Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University.  Numerous projects are underway, in cooperation with landowners, to renovate and stabilize such riparian areas.  This week, forester Bob Atchison of K-State talks about the significance of that initiative.      

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


Smokey Bear: 70 Years and Going Strong... Play Audio



K-State fire protection specialist Jason Hartman talks about the 70th anniversary of the Smoky Bear campaign, promoting the prevention of wildfires...that's being commemorated in a unique way at three national park sites in Kansas this month.

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


Recession Causes Crash, Slow Recovery in Kansas’ Forest Industry



In the past decade, Kansas has seen hazardous ice storms, devastating drought and soaring grain prices, which make deforestation increasingly likely. However, the reductions seen in the state’s forest products industries aren’t linked to a physical loss in forestland, but rather a loss in consumer demand.

9/11/2014 8:00:00 AM


Crabapples in the Home Landscape... Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham comments on properly harvesting and storing winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as whether crabapples from the home landscape are safe to eat.
 

9/10/2014 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.

9/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


FALL TREE PLANTING Play Audio



Whether for conservation purposes or for home landscaping, the fall is an excellent time for planting trees.  Certain guidelines do need to be followed to assure a successful planting.  K-State forester Charlie Barden coves those fall tree-planting ground rules this week.

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


Smokey Bear: 70 Years and Going Strong... Play Audio



K-State fire protection specialist Jason Hartman talks about the 70th anniversary of the Smokey Bear campaign, promoting the prevention of wildfires...that's being commemorated in a unique way at three national park sites in Kansas this month.

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


Home Landscape: Fertilizing Cool-Season Lawns... Play Audio



Riley County Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone has advice on fertilizing the cool-season lawn in September.

9/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Craig Smith



From track and field to the farming field. Today we’ll meet a young Kansan who has made the transition between those two. In doing so, he is positively impacting the lives of young people in rural Kansas.
9/3/2014 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.

9/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


FOREST CONTRACTOR AGREEMENTS Play Audio



Landowners who are serious about managing their woodland resources will often hire the services of a certified forest contractor.  K-State forester Bob Atchison endorses that idea. And he urges landowners to fully formalize that agreement with the contractor.  Here, he covers some of the finer details of that.

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Home Landscape: Fall Turfgrass Planting... Play Audio



Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton talks about preparing, and then carrying out, a cool-season lawn planting this fall.

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Farmer’s Daughter: A Women in Agriculture Series



Advancements in farming technology have opened the door to more women returning to run the family farm, which used to be considered a “man’s world.” High tech farm equipment has helped to alleviate the physical demands, and the need for business management skills fits the abilities of many women.
8/27/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - High Plains Journal



July 30, 2014. Indianapolis, Indiana. The American Agricultural Editors’ Association is announcing its national awards, including the Story of the Year. And the winner is: The High Plains Journal from Dodge City, Kansas. Today we’ll learn about this remarkable publication and its emphasis on quality and innovation.
8/27/2014 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.
 

8/26/2014 7:00:00 PM


ALLEY CROPPING DEMONSTRATION Play Audio



A marriage of conservation forestry and hay crop production will be on full display at the 2014 Fall Forestry Field Day to be hosted by the Kansas Forest Service on October 16th.  The location will be near Valley Falls in northeast Kansas, and as K-State forester Charlie Barden outlines here, the field day will be a terrific learning opportunity for landowners.    

8/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Home Landscape: Leaf Discoloration on Trees... Play Audio



K-State horticultural disease specialist Megan Kennelly  talks about late-summer leaf discoloration on landscape trees, and whether that should be of concern to homeowners.

8/20/2014 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.
 

8/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


WINDBREAK IMPACT STUDY Play Audio



Research in previous years has documented the actual benefits in crop production from having a tree windbreak or shelterbelt along the field border.  The Kansas Forest Service at K-State is about to embark on a fresh new round of research on this factor, called the Great Plains Crop Yield Study.  K-State forester Bob Atchison talks about that initiative, inviting landowners to participate.

8/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Preparing a Lawn for Cooler Conditions Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about preparing now for seeding or renovating a cool-season lawn this fall.

8/13/2014 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.

8/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas State University’s Kun Yan Zhu Honored



Kun Yan Zhu, a professor of entomology at Kansas State University has been named a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America for 2014. He will be recognized in November during the ESA’s 62nd annual meeting in Portland, Oregon.

8/11/2014 8:00:00 AM


FORESTRY FIELD DAY Play Audio



An agro-forestry concept called “alley cropping” will be on full display at the 2014 Fall Forestry Field Day to be hosted by the Kansas Forest Service on Thursday, October 16th.  The location will be the Buchanan Tree Farm near Valley Falls in northeast Kansas.  K-State forester Bob Atchison previews the field day, urging landowners to attend and learn about alley cropping and other tree management topics.

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


Home Landscape: Scorch-Resistant Maple Trees... Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about leaf scorch on landscape maple trees, and what's prompting that condition...he also talks about two maple tree varieties that have proven resilient to scorch.

8/6/2014 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.

8/5/2014 7:00:00 PM


2014 Kansas 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest Play Audio



K-State Extension assistant for youth gardening and plant science Evelyn Neier looks ahead to the 2014 Kansas 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest.

8/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


KANSAS TREE HISTORY Play Audio



In the early history of Kansas, natives relied heavily upon trees growing along stream banks for their very survival.  K-State forester Charlie Barden explains how trees remain an important part of everyday living, and what can happen when trees are removed for agricultural purposes.
 

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


Controlling Insects in Kansas Lawns and Gardens Play Audio



K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd covers an assortment of insects now active in Kansas lawns and gardens, including spider mites on tomatoes, walnut caterpillars in walnut and other hardwood trees, and green junebugs in turfgrass...and what to do about them.

7/30/2014 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.

7/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


Thatch in Lawn Grass Play Audio



K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about overly-thick thatch in home lawns, and the summertime stress it can create for lawn grass, as well as what to do about it.

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


WOODLAND MANAGEMENT FUND... Play Audio



The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is now providing financial assistance to producers who are looking to make improvements and renovations to their woodlands. K-State forester Bob Atchison covers the eligibility requirements for receiving E-Q-I-P funds for these purposes.
 

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State’s Horticulture Field Day in Colby Set for Aug. 13



Kansas State University will host its 2014 Horticulture Field Day in Colby on Wednesday, Aug. 13 with a little something extra to celebrate. This year marks the 100th anniversary of research and outreach at the university’s Northwest Research-Extension Center.
7/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


Invasive Weed Increasingly Taking Hold in Kansas



Judging by the number of phone calls he receives, Dallas Peterson is very popular this time of year.

The typical topic is weeds – something Peterson, a Kansas State University agronomist, knows well.

7/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


SAVING DECLINING TREES Play Audio



Over the last several years, drought has ravaged tree resources in the Great Plains and the West.  Even hardy species like eastern red cedar have suffered mightily in the dry conditions.  The Kansas Forest Service stands ready to assist landowners in restoring shelterbelts and other tree plantings, as outlined this week by K-State forester Bob Atchison.

7/17/2014 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.

7/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Study: Effectiveness of Rabbit Repellant Products... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study on rabbit damage control, which focused on the performance of several rabbit repellant products.

7/14/2014 7:00:00 PM