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TREES AND CLIMATE CHANGE Play Audio



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


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.
3/25/2015 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,

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 PASTURE BURNING Play Audio



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


KANSAS FOREST INVENTORY Play Audio



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


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


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


RIPARIAN PROTECTION SHORTCOMINGS Play Audio



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


CONSERVATION TREE ORDERS Play Audio



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


WINTER TREE PRUNING Play Audio



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 FOREST SHELTERS Play Audio



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


CANKER ON OAKS Play Audio



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