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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


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.
8/20/2014 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.
 

8/19/2014 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


SHADE TREES Play Audio



The benefits of a well-located shade tree go far beyond merely providing a cool place to hang out during hot summer days. And now is a good time to take note of where a shade tree would fit in the home landscape.  K-State forestry specialist Charlie Barden discusses that this week.

7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Summer Garden Crops: Harvest Time... Play Audio



Riley County Extension horticulturist Gregg Eyestone talks about harvesting a variety of garden crops at the proper time:  sweet corn, summer squash, green beans, cucumbers and blackberries.

7/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


Annual K-State Horticulture Center Field Day is July 26



There’s a place where would-be and veteran gardeners alike can see the hottest, newest plants while enjoying cool classes in air conditioned comfort and icy cold water while wandering the field trials. It's all at the K-State Horticulture Research and Extension Center’s Field Day, Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. just west of Olathe.
7/9/2014 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.

7/8/2014 7:00:00 PM


Thursday Horticulture: Harvesting Potatoes and Onions, Fertilizing Tomatoes... Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham looks at determining harvest time for garden potatoes and onions, and properly storing those crops...and he recommends a schedule for fertilizing tomatoes.

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


FIREWOOD TRANSPORTATION Play Audio



When purchasing firewood, it is best use local firewood and avoid transporting it from far distances. That way, there will be fewer risks of bringing unwanted pests with it.  Forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust of Kansas State University justifies the reasons for doing so.

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Erika Nelson - World's Largest Things



What is the Next Big Thing?  Maybe it is the World’s Largest Thing. Today, in the third and final part of our series on grassroots art, we will meet an artist who has developed a specialty in the World’s Largest Things. When she’s not on the road, this artist can be found in rural Kansas.

7/2/2014 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.
 

7/1/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State Horticulture Night Planned for Hays



Kansas State University will host its 2014 Horticulture Night at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Kansas State Agricultural Research Center in Hays.
6/30/2014 8:00:00 AM


FIXING TREE DAMAGE Play Audio



Trees provide a number of benefits to the environment. Some trees may require different management requirements when they become damaged. K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust explains some of the methods that can be used to correct tree damage problems.

6/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


Use Mulch To Ease Home Landscape Transition... Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Dennis Patton talks about helping lawns and gardens make the transition into the heart of the summer heat and dryness, through proper watering and mulching.

6/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Rosslyn Schultz - Bowl Plaza - Grassroots Art Center



Have you ever visited a community that is flushed with pride – and I mean that literally?  Today we’ll learn about a rural community which is a center of grassroots art. The community’s latest project involves, well, a toilet.
6/25/2014 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.

6/24/2014 7:00:00 PM


Insect Pests in the Home Garden and Landscape... Play Audio



K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd talks about control measures for a selection of insect pests in the lawn and garden, including squash bugs on cucurbit crops and grasshoppers in vegetable and flower gardens.

6/18/2014 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.

6/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


POND WEED CONTROL... Play Audio



As the summer progresses, more aquatic plant growth is evident on and around farm ponds.  That’s when pond owners bring their questions about controlling those “weeds” to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  He stresses that some plant growth is a beneficial part of the pond’s biology.  He talks about managing those aquatic weeds.

6/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


WATER CARE FOR LAWN AND TREES... Play Audio



Despite recent rainfall amounts, hot temperatures can leave trees and lawns dry. It is important to water frequently and also use proper methods to gain best results. K-State forester Charlie Barden provides guidelines on watering trees during the summer heat.

6/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


New Home Landscape Guides Now Available... Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Cheryl Boyer talks about two brand-new K-State guides for selecting deciduous and evergreen shrubs suitable for Kansas home landscapes.

6/11/2014 7:00:00 PM