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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


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.
7/22/2015 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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