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Many areas near Kansas rivers and streams could benefit from a buffer strip…that is, a tree planting that will help secure the soil in that area and protect water quality.  This week, watershed forester Mitch Lundeen of the Kansas Forest Service talks about a special program that can provide financial and technical support for landowners wanting to establish buffer strips. 

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM

Celebrating 25 Years of the Forest Stewardship Program

25 Years of Forest Stewardship Program video

The Kansas landscape could be described as rather unique when considering how central hardwood forests meet the tallgrass prairie to produce an ecotone—a place of transition from one plant community to another.

5/21/2015 8:00:00 AM

Thinning Tree Fruit Play Audio

K-State's horticultural agent in Riley County, Gregg Eyestone, outlines the steps to thinning tree fruit here in late spring, explaining why it's wise to do so.

5/20/2015 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.
5/20/2015 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.

5/19/2015 7:00:00 PM

Farmers Market Resource Available

Many of us have wandered through a farmers market and envisioned ourselves selling produce, baked goods or other foods. Farmers markets are a great way for food producers and value-added food processors to directly connect with their customers, increase sales, and get feedback from customers.
5/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


The summer camping season is fast approaching.  And K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust is strongly encouraging people to avoid transporting firewood over long distances as they go camping.  That is one of the primary ways that a host of serious tree insect problems are spreading in the United States…several of which threaten Kansas tree resources.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM

Marcescence Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about damage to landscape woody ornamentals resulting from the sharp drop in temperatures early last November, describing a condition called "marcescence." 

5/13/2015 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.

5/12/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agroforestry Comes to Kansas May 20-21

Farming and ranching, economic viability, quality of life, conserving our natural resources and good stewardship for Kansas are all subjects for the upcoming Kansas Agroforestry Workshop May 20-21, in Topeka, Kansas.
5/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


The Kansas Forest Service at K-State will co-host the 2015 Kansas Agro-forestry Workshop in Topeka on May 20-21.  This two-day educational event will offer science-based land management information to all interested farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals. K-State forester Bob Atchison says forestry experts from several backgrounds will be presenting these sessions.

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

A Tale of Two Rivers: Kansas, Missouri River Regions have Differences and Similarities

Like all residents, Pam Fortun cares about clean water coming out of the faucet. As a civil engineer with the fast-growing City of Overland Park, however, designing systems to avoid flash flooding, ensuring water quantity and quality, and minimizing runoff from new neighborhoods are also priorities for her.
5/7/2015 8:00:00 AM

Dealing with Insects Play Audio

K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd talks about dealing with scale insects on landscape trees, aphids in gardens and ants that may be entering the home from the outdoors.

5/6/2015 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.

5/5/2015 7:00:00 PM


Pine wilt disease has taken out thousands of conservation pine trees in Kansas in recent years.  Unfortunately, there’s no antidote for this disease, so those who lose pines need to think in terms of other tree types as replacements.  K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust discusses that this week.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM

Springtime Lawn Fertilization Play Audio

K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle offers guidelines on early-season fertilization of warm-season lawns.


4/29/2015 7:00:00 PM

Sustainable Soil Management, Part Two Play Audio

The USDA's Doug Karlen continues discussing sustainable soil management.

4/29/2015 7:00:00 PM

Sustainable Soil Management, Part One Play Audio

One of the nation's leading soil scientists, the USDA's Doug Karlen, talks about a number of contemporary issues in sustainable soil management:  the use of crop residue for biofuel production and the ensuing impact on soil health, the resurgence of cover crops as a soil quality management tool, and the comprehensive approach to soil management that he says all producers need to embrace.  He is on the K-State campus this week, presenting the annual Ellis Lecture in Soil Science.

4/29/2015 7:00:00 PM


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

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