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K-State’s Horticulture Field Day in Colby Set for Aug. 13



Kansas State University will host its 2014 Horticulture Field Day in Colby on Wednesday, Aug. 13 with a little something extra to celebrate. This year marks the 100th anniversary of research and outreach at the university’s Northwest Research-Extension Center.
7/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


Invasive Weed Increasingly Taking Hold in Kansas



Judging by the number of phone calls he receives, Dallas Peterson is very popular this time of year.

The typical topic is weeds – something Peterson, a Kansas State University agronomist, knows well.

7/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


SAVING DECLINING TREES Play Audio



Over the last several years, drought has ravaged tree resources in the Great Plains and the West.  Even hardy species like eastern red cedar have suffered mightily in the dry conditions.  The Kansas Forest Service stands ready to assist landowners in restoring shelterbelts and other tree plantings, as outlined this week by K-State forester Bob Atchison.

7/17/2014 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.
7/16/2014 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.

7/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Study: Effectiveness of Rabbit Repellant Products... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study on rabbit damage control, which focused on the performance of several rabbit repellant products.

7/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


SHADE TREES Play Audio



The benefits of a well-located shade tree go far beyond merely providing a cool place to hang out during hot summer days. And now is a good time to take note of where a shade tree would fit in the home landscape.  K-State forestry specialist Charlie Barden discusses that this week.

7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Summer Garden Crops: Harvest Time... Play Audio



Riley County Extension horticulturist Gregg Eyestone talks about harvesting a variety of garden crops at the proper time:  sweet corn, summer squash, green beans, cucumbers and blackberries.

7/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


Annual K-State Horticulture Center Field Day is July 26



There’s a place where would-be and veteran gardeners alike can see the hottest, newest plants while enjoying cool classes in air conditioned comfort and icy cold water while wandering the field trials. It's all at the K-State Horticulture Research and Extension Center’s Field Day, Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. just west of Olathe.
7/9/2014 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.

7/8/2014 7:00:00 PM


Thursday Horticulture: Harvesting Potatoes and Onions, Fertilizing Tomatoes... Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Ward Upham looks at determining harvest time for garden potatoes and onions, and properly storing those crops...and he recommends a schedule for fertilizing tomatoes.

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


FIREWOOD TRANSPORTATION Play Audio



When purchasing firewood, it is best use local firewood and avoid transporting it from far distances. That way, there will be fewer risks of bringing unwanted pests with it.  Forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust of Kansas State University justifies the reasons for doing so.

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Erika Nelson - World's Largest Things



What is the Next Big Thing?  Maybe it is the World’s Largest Thing. Today, in the third and final part of our series on grassroots art, we will meet an artist who has developed a specialty in the World’s Largest Things. When she’s not on the road, this artist can be found in rural Kansas.

7/2/2014 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.
 

7/1/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State Horticulture Night Planned for Hays



Kansas State University will host its 2014 Horticulture Night at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Kansas State Agricultural Research Center in Hays.
6/30/2014 8:00:00 AM


FIXING TREE DAMAGE Play Audio



Trees provide a number of benefits to the environment. Some trees may require different management requirements when they become damaged. K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust explains some of the methods that can be used to correct tree damage problems.

6/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


Use Mulch To Ease Home Landscape Transition... Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Dennis Patton talks about helping lawns and gardens make the transition into the heart of the summer heat and dryness, through proper watering and mulching.

6/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Rosslyn Schultz - Bowl Plaza - Grassroots Art Center



Have you ever visited a community that is flushed with pride – and I mean that literally?  Today we’ll learn about a rural community which is a center of grassroots art. The community’s latest project involves, well, a toilet.
6/25/2014 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.

6/24/2014 7:00:00 PM


Insect Pests in the Home Garden and Landscape... Play Audio



K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd talks about control measures for a selection of insect pests in the lawn and garden, including squash bugs on cucurbit crops and grasshoppers in vegetable and flower gardens.

6/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Rosslyn Schultz - Grassroots Art Center



Self-taught art. Visionary art. Primitive art. Outsider art. Naïve art. Recycled art. Trash art.   Contemporary folk art. Raw art. Intuitive art. Marginal art. There are many names worldwide for the type of creative endeavour which I am describing today, but perhaps the best umbrella term might be “grassroots art.” Grassroots art, a term coined by Kansan Greg Blasdal, refers to spontaneous, unique, and sometimes outlandish yard environments. Our state’s center for grassroots art is found in rural Kansas.
6/18/2014 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.

6/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Communities, Individuals Honored at Day of PRIDE, 2014



Improving a school playground or updating an aging downtown can be expensive, daunting tasks, especially in small communities with limited resources. But some Kansas towns have completed such projects and more. For their efforts, several communities and individuals have been honored with 2014 PRIDE Capital, Community Partners or Communities of Excellence awards.
6/16/2014 8:00:00 AM


WATER CARE FOR LAWN AND TREES... Play Audio



Despite recent rainfall amounts, hot temperatures can leave trees and lawns dry. It is important to water frequently and also use proper methods to gain best results. K-State forester Charlie Barden provides guidelines on watering trees during the summer heat.

6/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


POND WEED CONTROL... Play Audio



As the summer progresses, more aquatic plant growth is evident on and around farm ponds.  That’s when pond owners bring their questions about controlling those “weeds” to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  He stresses that some plant growth is a beneficial part of the pond’s biology.  He talks about managing those aquatic weeds.

6/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


New Home Landscape Guides Now Available... Play Audio



K-State horticulturist Cheryl Boyer talks about two brand-new K-State guides for selecting deciduous and evergreen shrubs suitable for Kansas home landscapes.

6/11/2014 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.

6/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Controlling Vegetation in Farm Ponds... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about means of controlling vegetation in farm ponds, and to what extent one truly needs to go about that.

6/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories. Plus, this week's Tree Tales from the Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University.

6/8/2014 7:00:00 PM


NATIONAL WALNUT COUNCIL MEETING... Play Audio



Kansas is scheduled to host the National Walnut Council Meeting June 8th-11th in Manhattan. This meeting will give participants the opportunity to learn more about Kansas walnut tree resources through seminars and field trips. This national meeting is held in Kansas once in about every 10 years. K-State forester Charlie Barden provides a preview.

6/5/2014 7:00:00 PM


YARD BURROW IDENTIFICATION... Play Audio



Homeowners tend to cringe at those unsightly burrows left in their yard by an unknown culprit.  Controlling that burrowing starts with positively identifying the species causing it, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  This week, he goes over several simple guidelines for doing so.

6/5/2014 7:00:00 PM


Horticulturist Gives Tips for Dealing with Storm-Damaged Trees, Gardens



A late-spring stretch of stormy weather may mean damaged trees and gardens for homeowners. Kansas State University horticulturist Ward Upham provided tips for pruning damaged trees and assessing and helping garden plants survive the weather.
6/5/2014 8:00:00 AM


Early-Summer Tomato Maintenance Play Audio



For this week's horticulture segment, K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about properly mulching and fertilizing garden tomatoes at this stage of the growing season.

6/4/2014 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.

6/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


Researchers Working to Cut Fruit, Vegetable Losses as Part of $1 Million Grant



Vegetable lovers may one day have fresher, more abundant locally grown produce thanks to a new project underway in Kansas and Florida.


6/2/2014 8:00:00 AM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories. Plus, this week's Tree Tales from the Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University.

6/1/2014 7:00:00 PM


2014 Kansas Community Garden Conference... Play Audio



K-State 4-H specialist Evelyn Neier previews the 2014 Kansas Community Garden Conference coming up, at which 4-Hers and adult leaders can learn about community gardening as a local 4-H initiative.

6/1/2014 7:00:00 PM


HEDGE TREE MANAGEMENT Play Audio



Hedge trees were originally introduced in Kansas as a “living fence” for livestock.  However, this tree has become an invasive species in many Kansas pastures.  On this week’s Tree Tales, K-State forester Bob Atchison talks about the history of the hedge tree, and that it can be managed successfully for its conservation value.

5/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


Food Safety For Farmers Market Vendors Play Audio



From the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Adam Inman talks about food safety regulations applying to vendors at this summer's local farmers markets.

5/28/2014 7:00:00 PM