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Controlling Grubs and Webworms Play Audio



K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd comments on late-summer grub control in lawns and fall webworms in landscape hardwood trees.

8/26/2015 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.
8/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


Conservation Tree Planting Program Update Play Audio



Conservation forester Leah Scott of the Kansas Forest Service at K-State announces that fall orders will soon be taken for low-cost conservation tree seedlings through the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program.

8/25/2015 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.

8/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


Jumping Jiminy Crickets! Rainy Conditions May Have Boosted Kansas Cricket Population



First it’s the racket of 17-year cicadas. Now Kansans in some areas may be facing an influx of chirping crickets, aided by this year’s moisture that favors the insect’s survival and development, according to a Kansas State University specialist.
8/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


VALUE OF WETLANDS Play Audio



The proposed Waters of the United States rule put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency is seen by many agricultural producers and landowners as government overreach.  Regardless of the politics of this issue, the value of wetlands should not be lost in the debate.  That’s according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee, who talks more about that this week.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


FALL WEBWORM DAMAGE Play Audio



In mid-to-late summer, you may notice silk webs beginning to form around the shoots and leaves of certain shade trees.  Chances are good that you have a fall webworm infestation. This week, K-State forester health specialist Ryan Armbrust talks about what fall webworms are and how to best take care of them, before they damage your hardwood trees.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Correcting Garden Drainage Problems Play Audio



Riley County Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone talks about correcting drainage problems in the landscape and in ornamental and vegetable gardens...problems that have become quite apparent during this wet summer for many Kansans.
 
 

8/19/2015 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.

8/18/2015 7:00:00 PM


POLICY AND FOREST CONSERVATION Play Audio



Well-intentioned as it might be, government policy can sometimes interfere with natural resource management.  This week, K-State forester Bob Atchison points out how energy policy can adversely impact forest conservation…something that he says should be addressed.
 

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Making Connections: K-State Research and Extension Office is Conduit for New Business



Ryan Heyer and Rebecca Eller wanted to grow their Douglas County-based business, Fitness Kitchen, but they knew they faced big costs for equipment and other infrastructure expenses. Fitness Kitchen combines their interest in personal training and healthy eating into a service for their clients.


8/14/2015 8:00:00 AM


Horticulture Field Day Planned Aug. 27 in Colby



Flowers, trees and other horticulture topics specific to northwest Kansas will be in focus at Kansas State University’s 2015 Horticulture Field Day on Thursday, Aug. 27 at the K-State Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby.
8/14/2015 8:00:00 AM


Lawn and Garden Insect Pests Play Audio



K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd talks about an assortment of lawn and garden insect pests at work now, and what can be done about them...including spider mites on ornamental plants and green June beetles attacking tree fruit.
 
 

8/12/2015 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.

8/11/2015 7:00:00 PM


MANAGING TREES IN PASTURES Play Audio



Trees are known to help keep cattle comfortable on a hot summer day, as well as protect them from harsh winter weather. K-State watershed forester Mitch Lundeen talks about the benefits of having trees in your pasture, as well as how to manage those trees.
 

8/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Picking Ripe Melons and Apples Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about determining ripeness in garden melon crops and apples, as picking time is approaching.

8/5/2015 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.

8/4/2015 7:00:00 PM


2015 Kansas 4-H Horticultural Judging Contest Play Audio



K-State 4-H plant science coordinator Evelyn Neier talks about the 2015 Kansas 4-H Horticultural Judging Contest coming up later this month....plus this week's county fair calendar.

8/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


SMOKEY BEAR BIRTHDAY Play Audio



Smokey Bear is a widely-recognized symbol for wildfire prevention who appeals to kids and adults alike.  This week, K-State forester Charles Barden shares the history of this educational character, who is still going strong after debuting over seven decades ago.

8/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


Brown Patch Disease in Fescue Lawns Play Audio



K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle has more information on responding to brown patch disease in fescue lawns, and talks about adjusting lawn watering schedules to compensate for poor grass root development.

7/29/2015 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.

7/28/2015 7:00:00 PM


DUTCH ELM DISEASE Play Audio



Dutch elm disease (DED) is one of the most destructive shade tree diseases in North America. The disease affects American elms and other elm species, killing individual branches and eventually the entire tree within one to several years. This week, K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust talks about the history of DED and treatments.

7/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Treating Lawn and Landscape Tree Diseases Play Audio



K-State horticultural disease specialist Megan Kennelly advises homeowners on responding to a couple of lawn diseases now showing up, as well as rust disease on certain landscape trees.

7/22/2015 7:00:00 PM


University Park Celebrates 10 Years as a Recognized Firewise Community/USA



The lakeshore community of University Park, Kansas has been recognized for its standing as a Firewise Community/USA for the past 10 years.
7/22/2015 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.

7/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


It’s Time to Divide Bearded Iris



Showy, elegant, and easy are terms that describe bearded iris flowers, and because they grow so well in the heartland, it’s a good idea to divide them every few years, according to Kansas State University horticulturist, Ward Upham.


7/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


BAGWORMS ON EVERGREENS Play Audio



Homeowners who have evergreen shrubs in their landscapes are accustomed to dealing with bagworms…a pest that can cause damage to evergreens over time.  Bagworms can also infest windbreaks and other larger evergreen tree plantings.  This week, K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust talks about the challenge of bagworm control in conservation plantings.
 

7/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Turf and Flowers in Spotlight at Hays Horticulture Night



Anyone interested in learning the latest about flowers and lawns is encouraged to bring friends and neighbors to Horticulture Night at the K-State Agricultural Research Center in Hays on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The focus will be on the Prairie Star Flower Performance Trials and the low-water use turf demonstration plots. The event will occur near the north main entrance roadway through the Center. 
7/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


Dividing and Replanting Irises Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham goes over the steps for successfully dividing and replanting iris plants in mid-to-late summer.

7/15/2015 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.

7/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


OLD GROWTH TREES Play Audio



Not many people know that here in Kansas, there is a “cross-timber” forest that has its own ecosystem. Forester Bob Atchison of K-State talks about where this timber tree park is located, its history and activities associated with that that people can enjoy.

7/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement Play Audio



Lauri Baker, associate professor in K-State’s Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, speaks on the current status and futuristic outlook of a new center at the university in which she is involved, the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement. The initial work has looked at how rural nurseries and garden centers can effectively market themselves to consumers using new media technologies.

7/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


K-State Olathe Horticulture Center Field Day is July 25



The hottest, newest plants will be on view and classes in air-conditioned comfort will be available at the K-State Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center’s Field Day, Saturday, July 25, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. It's a chance to peek behind the scenes, talk with the experts and learn about the latest varieties and methods for achieving growing success. Herb recipes and high-tunnel strawberry research will be showcased at this year’s event.
7/9/2015 8:00:00 AM


Addressing Summer Lawn Problems Play Audio



K-State Research and Extension turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about summer lawns and how to mitigate concerns such as brown patch, grub worm damage and yellow nutsedge.

7/8/2015 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.

7/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


ELM LEAF DAMAGE Play Audio



Elm trees are a perfect shade tree on a sunny day, but they are vulnerable to leaf diseases caused by leaf beetles and elm flea weevils. K-State Research and Extension forester Ryan Armbrust shares ways to deal with these pests invading your elm trees.

7/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Controlling Insects in Home Landscapes Play Audio



K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd returns with more in timely control of insect problems in the home landscape.
 

7/1/2015 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.

6/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


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