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Farm owners should consider protecting and conserving their woodland acres, for it will increase the value of their land in a variety of ways. So says K-State forester Bob Atchison, who lists several supporting resources which can assist landowners in their woodland management.

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM

Ornamental Plants for the Landscape Play Audio

K-State ornamental horticulturist Cheryl Boyer offers several thoughts on shopping for ornamental plant material for the home landscape ahead of spring planting time.

1/28/2015 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.
1/28/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Karl Matlack - Stinger

The woman in New York pours her liquid laundry detergent into the washing machine. She doesn’t realize that one element of her laundry soap came from a product transported by a machine built halfway across the country in rural Kansas. It’s today’s Kansas Profile.
1/28/2015 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.

1/27/2015 6:00:00 PM

Agricultural News Play Audio

Eric Atkinson looks at the latest agricultural news.

1/25/2015 6:00:00 PM


Here’s an idea for adding a little plant color to your mid-winter.  Taking clippings from woody flowering shrubs and “forcing” those clippings indoors can result in a colorful arrangement for Valentine’s Day or other suitable occasions…or just to brighten up the home as winter wears on.  K-State forester Charlie Barden tells how. 

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM

Kansas to Host Central Plains Irrigation Conference Feb. 17-18

The 2015 Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will take place Feb. 17-18 at the City Limits Convention Center, Colby, Kansas. The popular annual event focused solely on irrigation-related topics is hosted in Kansas every third year. Sponsors include Kansas State University, Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.
1/22/2015 8:00:00 AM

Tree Planting Preparation Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about what homeowners can do to ready a site for spring tree planting, for either landscaping or conservation purposes.

1/21/2015 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Bret Chilcott - Ag Eagle - Part 2

Where are your data? These days, I am told that my data are in what the techies call “the cloud” – wherever that is. Today, in the conclusion of a two-part series, we’ll learn more about a company which is gathering agricultural data by going up to the clouds – and I mean that literally.
1/21/2015 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.

1/20/2015 6:00:00 PM

Conservation Tree Planting Program Play Audio

K-State forester Leah Scott announces that orders are now being taken for low-cost conservation tree seedlings through the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program, for windbreak, riparian or other conservation plantings...and Kate Hagans files a report on a new $13 million USDA water quality initiative for establishing conservation tree plantings in riparian areas that drain into Kansas reservoirs...with advisory and technical support being provided by the Kansas Forest Service at K-State.

1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM

Serving on a Board or Want to? Board Leadership Workshops Planned

Non-profits, school districts, churches and other organizations have one thing in common. They typically have a group of people – a board of directors – working behind the scenes to support and determine the direction of the organization.
1/16/2015 8:00:00 AM


Water quality is an ever-pressing issue for streams and reservoirs in many parts of Kansas.  This is serving to highlight the benefits of strategic riparian tree plantings to stabilize erosion-prone areas near water resources.  This week, K-State water quality forester Mitch Lundeen talks up the value of riparian trees.

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM

Disease Resistant Elm Trees Play Audio

Director of K-State's John Pair Horticulture Research Center near Wichita, Jason Griffin, tells of new elm tree varieties available to homeowners that are fully resistant to Dutch elm disease.

1/14/2015 6:00:00 PM

Growing Vegetables for Profit is Focus of Conference in Liberal

The business of growing vegetables is the focus of a one-day conference at Seward County Community College in Liberal on Feb. 3. The conference is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension in Grant, Haskell, Meade, Seward, and Stevens counties.
1/14/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Bret Chilcott - Ag Eagle - Part 1

Have you ever wanted a birds-eye view? Wouldn’t it be great to have a viewpoint from up high, to enable us to see over a fence or in the middle of a field? Today we’ll meet an amazing company which is using robotic aircraft to provide that aerial view. The results are helping this remarkable company to grow in rural Kansas.
1/14/2015 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.

1/13/2015 6:00:00 PM

The International Year of Soils: Soils Sustain Life

2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Sustain Life Video
Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous—from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.

1/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


Properly-designed windbreaks provide a wealth of benefits to agricultural producers and other rural dwellers in Kansas.  But many long-standing windbreaks are badly in need of a makeover, to restore their effectiveness.  This week, K-State forester Charlie Barden talks about approaches to windbreak renovation.

1/8/2015 6:00:00 PM

Starting Garden Vegetable Transplants From Seed Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about the procedure for starting garden vegetable transplants from seed, beginning with onions later this month.

1/7/2015 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.

1/6/2015 6:00:00 PM

Regional farmers’ market vendor workshops planned

Kansas farmers’ markets across the state are doing much more than just providing a fresh food source. The farmers offering their produce, as well as the consumers taking advantage of the farm-fresh offerings are also simulating the local economy. There are now 130 active farmers’ markets in Kansas compared to the 26 in operation in 1987. The growth in this sector helps provide Kansans with more revenue and more high-quality food choices.
12/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


Because of an unusually harsh mid-fall cold snap, many deciduous trees retained some of their leaves.  And when a heavy snow or ice storm hits, that leaf load could raise the risk of tree damage.  K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust looks closer at why that leaf retention took place, asking homeowners and landowners to be on alert for possible problems. 

12/18/2014 6:00:00 PM

Poinsettia Preservation and Testing Spring Seed Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham has more about preserving the colorful foliage on poinsettias through the rest of the holiday season and beyond, and talks about conducting a germination test on any vegetable garden seed that's being held over for planting next spring.

12/17/2014 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.

12/16/2014 6:00:00 PM


Burning firewood is not only an energy-efficient way to heat a dwelling.  It also contributes to good woodland management, according to K-State forester Bob Atchison.  Still, those who cut, transport and store firewood need to be cautious about at least one damaging wood-borne insect species.

12/11/2014 6:00:00 PM

Avoiding Lawn Grass Damage in Winter Play Audio

K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle talks about the importance of minimizing foot and vehicle traffic on lawn grass during the winter.

12/10/2014 6:00:00 PM

Healthy Yards: Marcescence

You may have noticed quite a few trees that are still full of leaves—in some cases, they may even be right next to trees that are completely bare. K-State Research and Extension horticulturist Ward Upham explains this rare phenomenon, and what caused it.  See video
12/10/2014 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.

12/9/2014 6:00:00 PM


Research has repeatedly confirmed it, and many livestock producers know it first-hand:  there’s great value in establishing protective windbreaks for cattle to buffer harsh winter weather.  The Kansas Forest Service at K-State stands ready to assist producers with advice on livestock windbreak design and establishment, and low-cost conservation trees are available from the service for this very purpose.  It’s the topic addressed this week by K-State forester Bob Atchison.

12/7/2014 6:00:00 PM

Innovative K-State Scientist Elected To Commission Chair of International Soil Science Organization

Kansas State University’s Department of Agronomy continues to strengthen its ties to the international scientific community. Ganga Hettiarachchi, associate professor, was recently elected as chair of Commission 4.2 Soils, Food Security, and Human Health of the International Union of Soil Sciences. Her term as chair will extend until 2018.
12/4/2014 8:00:00 AM

Poinsettias and Holiday Plant Care Play Audio

Johnson County Extension horticulture agent Dennis Patton talks about selection and care of poinsettias during the Christmas season, and suggests a couple of other holiday plant options as well.

12/3/2014 6:00:00 PM

World Soil Day: Celebrate the Many Benefits of Soil Dec. 5

World Soil Day Dec. 5, 2014 Video

In a lab at Kansas State University, soil microbiologist Chuck Rice pours red-colored water from a flask through a funnel filled with soil. After several seconds, the water drips from the funnel into a beaker, but this time the water runs clear. The demonstration shows how soil can improve water quality, but that’s only one of the many benefits of this often-overlooked, finite natural resource.

12/3/2014 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.

12/2/2014 6:00:00 PM


A number of homeowners have taken to the appearance of red maples, and in fact have planted them in their landscapes.  K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust understands the appeal of red maples…but this tree really struggles in Kansas’ winter conditions.  On this week’s Tree Tales, he talks about the concerns associated with red maples.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM

Prescribed Pasture Burning Workshops Play Audio

K-State range management specialist Carol Blocksome previews a series of prescribed pasture burning workshops for Kansas grassland managers coming up in early 2015 at numerous locations around the state.

11/25/2014 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.

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


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