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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


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


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


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


Two Is Better Than One



Often times a conservation practice can look great on paper but real-world implementation can be a struggle. Each piece of land is unique with it’s own set of problems that need to be addressed to meet it’s needs, which is why innovation is so important to managing woodlands.
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


Prairie Star Flower Blog is Award Winner



Kansas State University’s Prairie Star Flower blog has been named the winner of the “Outstanding Education Materials Award” by the American Society for Horticultural Science Extension Division.
9/12/2014 8:00:00 AM


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


Smokey Bear: 70 Years and Going Strong... Play Audio



K-State fire protection specialist Jason Hartman talks about the 70th anniversary of the Smoky Bear campaign, promoting the prevention of wildfires...that's being commemorated in a unique way at three national park sites in Kansas this month.

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


Recession Causes Crash, Slow Recovery in Kansas’ Forest Industry



In the past decade, Kansas has seen hazardous ice storms, devastating drought and soaring grain prices, which make deforestation increasingly likely. However, the reductions seen in the state’s forest products industries aren’t linked to a physical loss in forestland, but rather a loss in consumer demand.

9/11/2014 8:00:00 AM


Crabapples in the Home Landscape... Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham comments on properly harvesting and storing winter squash and sweet potatoes, as well as whether crabapples from the home landscape are safe to eat.
 

9/10/2014 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.

9/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


Smokey Bear: 70 Years and Going Strong... Play Audio



K-State fire protection specialist Jason Hartman talks about the 70th anniversary of the Smokey Bear campaign, promoting the prevention of wildfires...that's being commemorated in a unique way at three national park sites in Kansas this month.

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


FALL TREE PLANTING Play Audio



Whether for conservation purposes or for home landscaping, the fall is an excellent time for planting trees.  Certain guidelines do need to be followed to assure a successful planting.  K-State forester Charlie Barden coves those fall tree-planting ground rules this week.

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


Home Landscape: Fertilizing Cool-Season Lawns... Play Audio



Riley County Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone has advice on fertilizing the cool-season lawn in September.

9/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Craig Smith



From track and field to the farming field. Today we’ll meet a young Kansan who has made the transition between those two. In doing so, he is positively impacting the lives of young people in rural Kansas.
9/3/2014 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.

9/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


Home Landscape: Fall Turfgrass Planting... Play Audio



Johnson County Extension horticultural agent Dennis Patton talks about preparing, and then carrying out, a cool-season lawn planting this fall.

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


FOREST CONTRACTOR AGREEMENTS Play Audio



Landowners who are serious about managing their woodland resources will often hire the services of a certified forest contractor.  K-State forester Bob Atchison endorses that idea. And he urges landowners to fully formalize that agreement with the contractor.  Here, he covers some of the finer details of that.

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - High Plains Journal



July 30, 2014. Indianapolis, Indiana. The American Agricultural Editors’ Association is announcing its national awards, including the Story of the Year. And the winner is: The High Plains Journal from Dodge City, Kansas. Today we’ll learn about this remarkable publication and its emphasis on quality and innovation.
8/27/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Farmer’s Daughter: A Women in Agriculture Series



Advancements in farming technology have opened the door to more women returning to run the family farm, which used to be considered a “man’s world.” High tech farm equipment has helped to alleviate the physical demands, and the need for business management skills fits the abilities of many women.
8/27/2014 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.
 

8/26/2014 7:00:00 PM


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


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