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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.
7/1/2015 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.

6/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Recreation



Soils Support Recreation Video

At Kansas State University’s Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center, located north of Manhattan, even the occasional passerby will notice many small plots that showcase a variety of recreational fields. From athletic fields where players would take part in soccer, for example, to a putting green that meets United States Golf Association specifications, K-State Research and Extension turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle studies all sorts of turfgrass systems.

6/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


SHADE TREE PLACEMENT Play Audio



Did you know by just having a tree close to your house you could save energy? K-State forester Charlie Barden talks about the cooling effect of trees and where to place them to create the greatest energy efficiency.

6/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


Summer Container Gardening... Play Audio



K-State landscape horticulturist emeritus Gus van der Hoeven talks about the principles of container flower gardening in the summer.

6/24/2015 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.
6/24/2015 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.
 

6/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


FUNGAL DISEASES ON TREES Play Audio



Wet weather typically provides good growing conditions for trees, but the extended cloudy, wet conditions may also cause fungal diseases to grow. K-State forester Charlie Barden explains how to look for, and deal with, these fungal diseases. 

6/18/2015 7:00:00 PM


Wet Weather and the Home Garden Play Audio



Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton talks about several vegetable garden issues that have arisen with the wet weather, and how gardeners should respond to them.

6/17/2015 7:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



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

6/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Upcoming Workshop Provides the Buzz on Honeybees



If you want to eat the perfect biscuit, grab it straight from the oven, smother it in butter and drizzle some honey over the top. Groomed like that, one biscuit calls for one more. The ingredient that seems to make it complete is the honey, made possible by honeybees.
6/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


Tree Watering After Heavy Rainfall Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham explains how homeowners need to adjust their summer tree watering schedules, in the advent of the excessive rainfall over the past several weeks.

6/10/2015 7:00:00 PM


What a Difference a May Makes



It wasn’t your imagination. It’s been raining more than usual – a lot more. May, 2015, will go down in the record books as the third wettest May since 1895, according to the Kansas Weather Data Library.
6/10/2015 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.

6/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


WATERLOGGED LANDSCAPE TREES Play Audio



Even though most of Kansas has had a large amount of rainfall, landscape trees will still need to watched and managed carefully. K-State forester Charlie Barden gives examples on how to water your trees and shrubs that might have suffered from early flooding, followed by summer stress.                                                           
 

6/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


Bagworms, Saw Flies and Cicadas Play Audio



K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd talks about timely control of bagworms on landscape junipers and saw flies on roses, and reports on the return of the 17-year cicadas to Kansas.

6/3/2015 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.

6/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


WALNUT COUNCIL FIELD DAY Play Audio



On this week’s edition, K-State forester Bob Atchison talks about the 2015 Walnut Council Field Day that takes place on June 10th in Atchison, Kansas. Guests will participate in several activities, including taking a walk through a black walnut plantation, visiting the American Walnut company’s mill, and more.

5/31/2015 7:00:00 PM


Cool and Wet Weather Landscape Problems Play Audio



K-State horticultural disease specialist Megan Kennelly addresses a host of landscape plant issues that have been fostered by the persistently cool and wet weather in several parts of Kansas.

5/27/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Nancy Hines - Stanton County Hardware



“Hablas Espanol?” I don’t speak Spanish, but today in Kansas Profile, we’ll meet a rural Kansas business which has achieved a remarkable level of bilingual proficiency while working to serve all of its customers.
5/27/2015 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.

5/26/2015 7:00:00 PM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Buildings and Infrastructure



Soils Support Buildings and Infrastructure video

Soils are a crucial component for agriculture and food production. Soils support all kinds of life. From an engineering perspective, soils are also important, as they provide the groundwork for any type of building or structure.
5/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


Tour of Seven-Acre Black Walnut Plantation to Highlight Field Day



A tour of the International Forest of Friendship, a walk through a seven-acre, 15- to 17-year-old black walnut plantation and a visit to the American Walnut Company’s mill are some of the highlights of the 2015 Walnut Council Field Day scheduled for June 10 in Atchison, Kansas.
5/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


BUFFER STRIP PLANTING Play Audio



Many areas near Kansas rivers and streams could benefit from a buffer strip…that is, a tree planting that will help secure the soil in that area and protect water quality.  This week, watershed forester Mitch Lundeen of the Kansas Forest Service talks about a special program that can provide financial and technical support for landowners wanting to establish buffer strips. 

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


Celebrating 25 Years of the Forest Stewardship Program



25 Years of Forest Stewardship Program video

The Kansas landscape could be described as rather unique when considering how central hardwood forests meet the tallgrass prairie to produce an ecotone—a place of transition from one plant community to another.

5/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


Thinning Tree Fruit Play Audio



K-State's horticultural agent in Riley County, Gregg Eyestone, outlines the steps to thinning tree fruit here in late spring, explaining why it's wise to do so.

5/20/2015 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.

5/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


Farmers Market Resource Available



Many of us have wandered through a farmers market and envisioned ourselves selling produce, baked goods or other foods. Farmers markets are a great way for food producers and value-added food processors to directly connect with their customers, increase sales, and get feedback from customers.
5/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


RESIST TRANSPORTING FIREWOOD Play Audio



The summer camping season is fast approaching.  And K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust is strongly encouraging people to avoid transporting firewood over long distances as they go camping.  That is one of the primary ways that a host of serious tree insect problems are spreading in the United States…several of which threaten Kansas tree resources.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


Marcescence Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about damage to landscape woody ornamentals resulting from the sharp drop in temperatures early last November, describing a condition called "marcescence." 

5/13/2015 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.

5/12/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agroforestry Comes to Kansas May 20-21



Farming and ranching, economic viability, quality of life, conserving our natural resources and good stewardship for Kansas are all subjects for the upcoming Kansas Agroforestry Workshop May 20-21, in Topeka, Kansas.
5/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


KANSAS AGRO-FORESTRY WORKSHOP Play Audio



The Kansas Forest Service at K-State will co-host the 2015 Kansas Agro-forestry Workshop in Topeka on May 20-21.  This two-day educational event will offer science-based land management information to all interested farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals. K-State forester Bob Atchison says forestry experts from several backgrounds will be presenting these sessions.

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


A Tale of Two Rivers: Kansas, Missouri River Regions have Differences and Similarities



Like all residents, Pam Fortun cares about clean water coming out of the faucet. As a civil engineer with the fast-growing City of Overland Park, however, designing systems to avoid flash flooding, ensuring water quantity and quality, and minimizing runoff from new neighborhoods are also priorities for her.
5/7/2015 8:00:00 AM


Dealing with Insects Play Audio



K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd talks about dealing with scale insects on landscape trees, aphids in gardens and ants that may be entering the home from the outdoors.

5/6/2015 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.

5/5/2015 7:00:00 PM


PINE TREE ALTERNATIVES Play Audio



Pine wilt disease has taken out thousands of conservation pine trees in Kansas in recent years.  Unfortunately, there’s no antidote for this disease, so those who lose pines need to think in terms of other tree types as replacements.  K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust discusses that this week.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


Sustainable Soil Management, Part Two Play Audio



The USDA's Doug Karlen continues discussing sustainable soil management.

4/29/2015 7:00:00 PM


Sustainable Soil Management, Part One Play Audio



One of the nation's leading soil scientists, the USDA's Doug Karlen, talks about a number of contemporary issues in sustainable soil management:  the use of crop residue for biofuel production and the ensuing impact on soil health, the resurgence of cover crops as a soil quality management tool, and the comprehensive approach to soil management that he says all producers need to embrace.  He is on the K-State campus this week, presenting the annual Ellis Lecture in Soil Science.

4/29/2015 7:00:00 PM


Springtime Lawn Fertilization Play Audio



K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle offers guidelines on early-season fertilization of warm-season lawns.


 

4/29/2015 7:00:00 PM