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CHRISTMAS TREE CARE Play Audio



A real Christmas tree can give your house a fresh holiday scent. Kansas State forestry specialist Charlie Barden talks about selecting and managing a fresh-cut Christmas tree.  The main thing to concentrate on is consistently supplying the tree with sufficient moisture during its holiday stay indoors.

11/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


Winter Storage of Pesticides Play Audio



Riley County Extension horticultural agent Gregg Eyestone offers some guidelines on storing leftover lawn and garden pesticide products for the winter.
 

11/19/2014 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.
11/19/2014 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.

11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM


PREPARATION FOR SPRING TREE PLANTING Play Audio



K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust addresses site preparation for trees to be planted in the spring. Readying the site now will contribute to that tree getting off to a much better start right after planting. Armbrust gives examples of what one can do for sites before harsh winter conditions arrive.

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


Winterizing Strawberry Beds and Landscape Woody Plants Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about winterizing strawberry beds, and about watering landscape woody plants to prevent winter desiccation.

11/12/2014 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.

11/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


Advantages of Limiting Firewood Transport Play Audio



The manager of the Plant Protection and Weed Control Division of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Jeff Vogel, urges those who cut or purchase firewood to limit the transportation distance of that wood, as part of the campaign to keep tree pest problems like pine wilt disease and the emerald ash borer from spreading further in the state.

11/11/2014 6:00:00 PM


4-H Community Gardens Play Audio



K-State 4-H Extension assistant Evelyn Neier talks about the opportunities for 4-H groups to establish community gardens around Kansas, and provides some guidelines for getting started.

11/9/2014 6:00:00 PM


They’re Back: Tiny Mite Can Cause a Big Itch … and Pain



A tiny mite whose bite packs a surprisingly big wallop has reappeared in Kansas, and it may make you think twice about outdoor activities, especially in close proximity to oak trees.


11/7/2014 8:00:00 AM


KANSAS NATURAL RESOURCES CONFERENCE Play Audio



Anyone with an interest in land resources management will stand to gain from participating in the 2015 Kansas Natural Resources Conference, according to K-State forester Charlie Barden.  This two-day event will take place in Wichita on January 29th -30th.  This week’s Tree Tales covers the details of that broad-based conference. 

11/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


Itch Mites Play Audio



K-State horticultural entomologist Bob Baurenfiend has the story of itch mites descending from landscape oak trees this fall, causing uncomfortable rashes on people who come in contact with them...and what, if anything, can be done about it.

11/5/2014 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.

11/4/2014 6:00:00 PM


Legal Issues, Family Dynamics are Part of Upcoming Farm Succession Conferences



Dennis Metz admits it. He was resistant to some of the changes his sons wanted to make on the family’s dairy and crop farm near Wellington, Kansas.
11/3/2014 8:00:00 AM


RIPARIAN FOREST PROTECTION Play Audio



Streams and rivers in Kansas were once lined with forested areas.  However, over time, those riparian areas have given way to other uses.  That prompts K-State riparian forester Mitch Lundeen to remind landowners of the value of riparian forests, which is manifested in several ways.  Further, he encourages landowners to take the initiative to restore and preserve those tree resources.
 

10/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


Controlling Weeds in Home Lawns Play Audio



K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about controlling broadleaf weeds in home lawns here in the late fall.

 


10/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


Republican River Basin Agreements Play Audio



From the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources, Chris Beightel has the details on a pair of agreements the state of Kansas recently signed with the states of Nebraska and Colorado, in regard to use of water from the Republican River Basin...he explains what those agreements mean to crop irrigators in north-central and northwest Kansas.

10/29/2014 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.

10/28/2014 7:00:00 PM


CONTROLLING BUSH HONEYSUCKLE Play Audio



A woody shrub called the bush honeysuckle is invading many wooded areas in parts of Kansas, competing directly with valued tree species.  Fall is a great time to control this problem, according to K-State forester Charlie Barden.  This week, he talks about the various means of doing so.  

10/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


End of Season Gardening Play Audio



Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton runs through an end-of-season checklist for vegetable gardeners.
 

10/22/2014 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.

10/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Grocer Forms Unique Relationship with Local Farmers



Rural Kansas Grocer Forms Unique Relationship with Local Farmers Video

Produce items adorned with oval-shaped gold stickers at Hiawatha Thiftway, located in northeast Kansas, are grown by local farmers. Store owner Tim White partners with the local farmers’ market to bring these locally grown foods into his store.

10/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


Harvesting and Storing the Last Garden Vegetables Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about harvesting and storing those very last garden vegetables of the season.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


KNOW YOUR FIREWOOD Play Audio



The chill of fall means that the home wood-burning season is here.  Nothing takes the edge off a cold day like a fire in the wood stove or fireplace, says K-State forester Charlie Barden.  And he says that one should be familiar with the heating capabilities of the various tree species before purchasing wood or cutting one’s own.  This week, he offers some helpful guidelines.
 

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Answering the Call: Kansas State University to Host 15 Farm Bill Meetings



Farmers are faced with some of the most important decisions of their working lives under the 2014 Farm Bill. To help them make informed decisions, K-State Research and Extension is teaming with several sponsors to bring 15 educational meetings to Kansans in January and February.
10/15/2014 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.
 

10/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


MARKETING LOCAL TIMBER Play Audio



Many landowners are surprised at the market value of standing timber found on their property.  And the demand for local timber is on the rise, according to K-State forester Bob Atchison.  This week, he offers several seller’s tips on marketing timber, advising landowners to take their time before leaping into any sort of marketing agreement.

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


Indoor Storage of Bulbs and Plants Play Audio



Riley County Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone talks about storing flowering bulbs and plants indoors for the late fall and winter.
 

10/8/2014 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.
 

10/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


WOOD HEATING SYSTEMS Play Audio



For many homeowners, nothing beats the warmth of wood-burning heat in the cold of winter.  Numerous wood heating systems are available on the market, but the homeowner should know a few things about them before investing.  K-State forester Charlie Barden discusses several of those this week.                                      

10/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


Fall Tree Planting Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about properly transplanting a new landscape tree here in the fall.

10/1/2014 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.

9/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


FOREST STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM Play Audio



Properly managing tree resources is a responsibility shared by all landowners, as K-State forester Bob Atchison sees it.  To that end, the USDA’s Forest Stewardship Program assists landowners financially in their tree management efforts.  That program is the central topic of this week’s Tree Tales.                                      

9/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


Home Landscape: Fall Lawn Overseeding... Play Audio



K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle has more tips on succeeding with fall lawn overseeding, emphasizing seed selection, seed-to-soil contact, planting methods and seeding rates.

9/24/2014 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.

9/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Noted Scientist to Speak Oct. 15 on Hydrofracking Impacts on Water Resources



Nationally recognized geoscientist Susan Brantley will present the 31st annual Roscoe Ellis, Jr. Lectureship in Soil Science at 4 p.m., Oct. 15 in 1018 Throckmorton Hall on the Kansas State University campus. The title of the lecture is “Water Resource Impacts During Unconventional Shale Gas Development with Hydrofracking: The Pennsylvania Experience.”
9/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


FALL COLOR IN KANSAS Play Audio



The season is changing, and the trees will begin changing color very soon.  While Kansas is not as renowned for its fall color as some other states, there still plenty of opportunities to take in spectacular displays in this state, according to K-State forester Charlie Barden.  He shares examples of what to look for in the coming weeks.               

9/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


Home Landscape: Fall Tree Planting... Play Audio



K-State landscape specialist emeritus Gus van der Hoeven promotes the planting of landscape trees in the fall, and what's required to succeed with those plantings.

9/17/2014 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.
 

9/16/2014 7:00:00 PM


PROTECTING RIPARIAN AREAS Play Audio



Shoring up areas around reservoirs and streams with conservation trees remains a major cause of the Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University.  Numerous projects are underway, in cooperation with landowners, to renovate and stabilize such riparian areas.  This week, forester Bob Atchison of K-State talks about the significance of that initiative.      

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM