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The middle part of spring is when a highly-visible disease called cedar apple rust shows up on cedar trees.  And it can spread to apple, crabapple and hawthorn trees likewise.  Unsightly as the rust galls can be, they’re don’t harm the cedars.  However, the disease can be damaging to those other trees mentioned.  K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust talks about preventing that from happening.

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

Springtime Pest Control Play Audio

K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd discusses timing of bagworm control, potential treatments for sawflies on pines, and what to do about large numbers of hackberry psyllids that may be entering homes.

4/22/2015 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.
4/22/2015 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.

4/21/2015 7:00:00 PM

2015 Alumni Fellow for the K-State College of Agriculture Play Audio

The 2015 Alumni Fellow for the K-State College of Agriculture:  Kansas native Jim Heinze, who used his K-State degree in landscape horticulture in forging a career as a top sales executive for the Toro Corporation, an international leader in industrial landscape maintenance equipment.

4/20/2015 7:00:00 PM


Research from years past indicated that windbreaks that protect crop fields not only curb soil erosion…they can actually enhance crop yields.  K-State forester Charlie Barden intends to update that research via a new regional project, and he’s looking for farmers who would like to take part.  He talks more about the objective of this new study.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Early Tomato Planting Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham tells how to succeed with planting garden tomatoes this early in the growing season.

4/15/2015 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.

4/14/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Garden Centers Marketing Survey Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Cheryl Boyer talks about a new social media marketing survey of nursery and garden centers in the state, as the initial project under the new Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement at K-State.

4/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


The Kansas Forest Service works closely with local and regional watershed groups to encourage conservation forestry plantings throughout watershed areas in need.  Individual landowners within a given watershed are encouraged to employ best management land practices, which may well include a riparian tree planting.  K-State watershed forester Mitch Lundeen talks more about that this week.                      

4/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

K-State Researchers Win Prestigious Publication Award in Horticultural Education

Kimberly Williams, Kansas State University professor of greenhouse management, and former master’s student Joshua Craver have been named the American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Education Publication Award winners. They will accept the award Aug. 4, 2015, at the ASHS Annual Conference in New Orleans.
4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM

New Publications on Selecting Flowering Shrubs Play Audio

K-State nursery and garden center specialist Cheryl Boyer talks about several new on-line K-State publications for homeowners on selecting landscape ornamental flowering shrubs.

4/8/2015 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.

4/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

Tap into Water: Free Family Fun Day May 2 at Gardner City Lake

K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, and the Hillsdale Area Water Cooperative are teaming up to offer a water education workshop for families on May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gardner City Lake. Families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of learning about and celebrating water.
4/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


Heat and drought in recent years have put stress on tree resources in Kansas and other states.  This has made trees more vulnerable to pest damage, and the impact has been disturbingly serious, according to K-State forester Bob Atchison.  This week, he takes a closer look at the situation, and hopes that landowners who appreciate their trees will do the same.

4/2/2015 7:00:00 PM

Greg Davis Awarded 2015 PLANET AEF Outstanding Educator of the Year

Greg Davis, Kansas State University associate professor of landscape design and undergraduate programs director for the Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources, was honored as the 2015 PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (AEF) Outstanding Educator of the Year. He was presented this honor at the conclusion of the 39th annual Student Career Days in Raleigh, North Carolina March 15.
4/2/2015 8:00:00 AM

Growing Garden Vegetables in Containers Play Audio

Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton takes a look at growing garden vegetables in containers, as an alternative to the traditional garden plot.

4/1/2015 7:00:00 PM

K-State’s College of Agriculture Celebrates Success and Looks Ahead to a Productive Future

Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture aims to be a top-five agricultural college in the United States by 2025, and in collaboration with K-State Research and Extension, it intends to continue serving as a global destination for education, research and extension. Reaching this feat not only would benefit the university, but it would benefit the citizens of Kansas and beyond with immediate solutions to needs in agricultural production.

4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


A recently-published article sheds light on what foresters like K-State’s Bob Atchison already know…that trees are very effective at sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.  And trees will play a major role in contending with climate change in future years.  This week, Bob discusses this in more detail, inviting landowners to do their part by planting conservation trees on their premises.

3/26/2015 7:00:00 PM

Controlling Spring Lawn and Garden Insects Play Audio

K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd talks about the three cornerstones of controlling lawn and garden insects in early-to-mid spring:  timing, coverage and frequency.

3/25/2015 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,

3/24/2015 7:00:00 PM

The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Agriculture

From field crops to garden vegetables, various types of foods rely on soil for growth. The world population continues to grow, and one of the main challenges those involved in agriculture face is increasing the overall productivity of soils to meet elevated food demands.
3/23/2015 8:00:00 AM


Prescribed burning is a long-standing practice for reinvigorating the native grass prairie…and at the same time, controlling unwanted invasive woody species in those pastures.  This week, K-State forester Charlie Barden talks about that important role that fire plays, noting also that pasture managers need to be cognizant of where the smoke from those prescribed burns goes.

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM

Cool-Season Lawn Management in Early Spring Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks cool-season lawn management in early spring:  proper early mowing, timing of fertilizer applications and watering schedule.

3/18/2015 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.

3/17/2015 7:00:00 PM

Wildland Fire Response Training Play Audio

Fire information officer with the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, Shawna Hartman, looks ahead to a major wildfire mitigation event to take place in Reno County next week, which will serve in part to train firefighter students and other personnel in wildland fire response.

3/15/2015 7:00:00 PM


According to the just-released Forest Inventory and Analysis Report from the U.S. Forest Service, forest resources in Kansas continue to expand.  It’s the mix of trees that comprise those resources that have foresters concerned, in that lower-value and invasive species are crowding out more valuable trees.  K-State forester Bob Atchison talks about that. 

3/13/2015 7:00:00 PM

Just in Time for Spring: New List of Perennial Flowers Available

Meringue, Merlot and Bravado all have one thing in common. So do Hot Papaya, Ruby Giant and Lucky Star. They’re all cultivars of Echinacea, also called coneflower, and they’re all on Kansas State University’s new Prairie Bloom list of recommended perennial flowers.
3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

Spring Management of Cool-Season Lawns Play Audio

K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about early-spring management of cool-season lawns.

3/11/2015 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.

3/10/2015 7:00:00 PM

Insects in the Home Landscape: Early Arrivals... Play Audio

K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd comments on the early lawn and garden insect activity one might expect as spring comes.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM

The Benefits of Field Windbreak Systems... Play Audio

K-State forester Bryan Peterson talks up the value and benefits of field windbreak systems for erosion control and improved crop productivity...and he offers thoughts on renovating existing windbreaks of all types that are showing signs of extensive wear, in part a result of drought.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


A recent study conducted by the Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University indicates that stream bank stabilization is sorely needed in basins that feed large reservoirs in Kansas.  The findings offer guidance for riparian tree-planting initiatives, as outlined this week by K-State water quality forester Mitch Lundeen (lun-DEEN).

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM

March is a Good Time to Cut Back Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses have staked their claim as gorgeous assets to many a landscape, even in the cold, dark days of winter. But now is the time to cut them back to make room for new growth.

3/4/2015 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.

3/3/2015 6:00:00 PM

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

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