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In-Depth Fruit & Vegetable Production Workshops Planned in Kansas City Area

A series of workshops designed for anyone growing fruits and vegetables for sale or for the serious home gardener will be held in several locations in the Kansas City area, starting March 16.
3/3/2015 8:00:00 AM

4-H Gardening Project... Play Audio

K-State associate 4-H specialist Evelyn Neier offers several thoughts on getting started with this year's 4-H gardening project.

3/1/2015 6:00:00 PM


For landowners with a need for a windbreak or other conservation tree planting, the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program can assist with low-cost tree and shrub seedlings.  That program, conducted by the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, is now taking orders for this plant material. K-State forester Charlie Barden talks more about this opportunity.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM

A Fruit Tree Primer... Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about the attributes of several types of fruit trees, for those interested in raising their own tree fruit.

2/25/2015 6:00:00 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.
2/25/2015 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.

2/24/2015 6:00:00 PM


On one of these warmer winter days, you homeowners might take the opportunity to inspect your trees and woody shrubs for pruning.   Many woody ornamentals can be safely pruned now, while others should be pruned at a later time.  K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust offers guidelines on pruning ahead of springtime.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM

2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Support Urban Life

K-State Soil Chemist, Ganga Hettiarachchi, and DeAnn Presley, K-State Soil Scientist, discuss how to regenerate urban soils for use in city gardens. This is part of the 2015 International Year of Soils and February's theme, "Soils Support Urban Life."  See video
2/19/2015 8:00:00 AM

Pruning Fruit Trees in Late Winter... Play Audio

Johnson County Extension horticulture agent Dennis Patton goes over the guidelines for pruning fruit trees in late winter.

2/18/2015 6:00:00 PM

The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Urban Life

When you think of cities, thoughts of cars, buses, people, skyscrapers and other concrete buildings might come to mind. But, below those concrete buildings, paved roads and high-traffic areas stands a foundation of one of the necessary components for life to exist—soil.
2/18/2015 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.

2/17/2015 6:00:00 PM

Give Chickens a Home They Can Cluck About

It’s coming, if we wait a bit longer. This chilly time of year our thoughts turn to spring activities, like planting flowers and vegetables, and for some, buying a few chickens.
2/17/2015 8:00:00 AM

Center for Food Integrity CEO to Discuss ‘Big Food’

Charlie Arnot, chief executive officer of the Center for Food Integrity, will speak at Kansas State University at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. Arnot will present, “Size Matters: Why We Love to Hate ‘Big Food.’” The presentation examines the relationship development and pattern of trust that consumers have with food and those who produce it.
2/17/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas windbreaks and shelterbelts play an important role in agricultural practices. K-State forester Bob Atchison explains more about a study conducted on forest shelters to determine their standing health.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM

Making The Most of Valentine’s Day Flowers... Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about preserving Valentine's Day roses for an extended time, as well as managing live rose plants that might be given on this occasion.

2/11/2015 6:00:00 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.

2/10/2015 6:00:00 PM

Think Spring … and Rabbit-Resistant Flowers

It happens way too often – we tuck those tender flowers into our landscapes and wake up to find they’ve turned into rabbit food overnight. Something to keep in mind as we’re planning for spring planting, however, is that there are certain flowers that rabbits typically don’t eat.

2/9/2015 8:00:00 AM

Improvement of Riparian Areas and Water Quality Focus of New Project

A new $13 million U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to improve Kansas’ water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment was announced recently for Kansas State University and the Kansas Forest Service.
2/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


The oak is considered one of the very most durable trees found in the central plains.  Even so, certain oaks can fall victim to a disease called hypoxylon canker, brought on by drought stress.  K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust talks about this condition, and what can be done to alleviate it.

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM

Improve Farm Value Through Forestry Management

A farmer knows where to find his cow herd at various times of the day, which is helpful as he goes out to feed, count and check on them this time of year in the early spring calving season. Typically the cows tend to huddle near a stretch of trees to block the wind and keep warm.
2/5/2015 8:00:00 AM

Grapes and Blackberries in the Home Garden Play Audio

Riley County Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone talks about including grapes and blackberries in one's home fruit gardening, going over several cultivars of each suitable for Kansas growing conditions.

2/4/2015 6:00:00 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.

2/3/2015 6:00:00 PM

Wildfire Danger and Rural Volunteer Firefighters Play Audio

From the Kansas Forest Service fire management program, K-State's Eric Ward discusses the likely persistence of wildfire danger in Kansas in the weeks ahead, and the precautions that landowners should keep in mind in preventing a wildfire...he also talks about the current state of the rural volunteer firefighter ranks in Kansas, and how having a strong rural fire department impacts property insurance coverage for all rural dwellers.

2/1/2015 6:00:00 PM


Farm owners should consider protecting and conserving their woodland acres, for it will increase the value of their land in a variety of ways. So says K-State forester Bob Atchison, who lists several supporting resources which can assist landowners in their woodland management.

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM

Ornamental Plants for the Landscape Play Audio

K-State ornamental horticulturist Cheryl Boyer offers several thoughts on shopping for ornamental plant material for the home landscape ahead of spring planting time.

1/28/2015 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Karl Matlack - Stinger

The woman in New York pours her liquid laundry detergent into the washing machine. She doesn’t realize that one element of her laundry soap came from a product transported by a machine built halfway across the country in rural Kansas. It’s today’s Kansas Profile.
1/28/2015 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.

1/27/2015 6:00:00 PM

Agricultural News Play Audio

Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

1/25/2015 6:00:00 PM


Here’s an idea for adding a little plant color to your mid-winter.  Taking clippings from woody flowering shrubs and “forcing” those clippings indoors can result in a colorful arrangement for Valentine’s Day or other suitable occasions…or just to brighten up the home as winter wears on.  K-State forester Charlie Barden tells how. 

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM

Kansas to Host Central Plains Irrigation Conference Feb. 17-18

The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will take place Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby, Kansas. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year. Sponsors include Kansas State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.
1/22/2015 8:00:00 AM

Tree Planting Preparation Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about what homeowners can do to ready a site for spring tree planting, for either landscaping or conservation purposes.

1/21/2015 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Bret Chilcott - Ag Eagle - Part 2

Where are your data? These days, I am told that my data are in what the techies call “the cloud” – wherever that is. Today, in the conclusion of a two-part series, we’ll learn more about a company which is gathering agricultural data by going up to the clouds – and I mean that literally.
1/21/2015 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.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM

Conservation Tree Planting Program Play Audio

K-State forester Leah Scott announces that orders are now being taken for low-cost conservation tree seedlings through the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program, for windbreak, riparian or other conservation plantings...and Kate Hagans files a report on a new $13 million USDA water quality initiative for establishing conservation tree plantings in riparian areas that drain into Kansas reservoirs...with advisory and technical support being provided by the Kansas Forest Service at K-State.

1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM

Serving on a Board or Want to? Board Leadership Workshops Planned

Non-profits, school districts, churches and other organizations have one thing in common. They typically have a group of people – a board of directors – working behind the scenes to support and determine the direction of the organization.
1/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


Water quality is an ever-pressing issue for streams and reservoirs in many parts of Kansas.  This is serving to highlight the benefits of strategic riparian tree plantings to stabilize erosion-prone areas near water resources.  This week, K-State water quality forester Mitch Lundeen talks up the value of riparian trees.

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM

Disease Resistant Elm Trees Play Audio

Director of K-State's John Pair Horticulture Research Center near Wichita, Jason Griffin, tells of new elm tree varieties available to homeowners that are fully resistant to Dutch elm disease.

1/14/2015 6:00:00 PM

Growing Vegetables for Profit is Focus of Conference in Liberal

The business of growing vegetables is the focus of a one-day conference at Seward County Community College in Liberal on Feb. 3. The conference is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension in Grant, Haskell, Meade, Seward, and Stevens counties.
1/14/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Bret Chilcott - Ag Eagle - Part 1

Have you ever wanted a birds-eye view? Wouldn’t it be great to have a viewpoint from up high, to enable us to see over a fence or in the middle of a field? Today we’ll meet an amazing company which is using robotic aircraft to provide that aerial view. The results are helping this remarkable company to grow in rural Kansas.
1/14/2015 8:00:00 AM