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The Kansas Forest Service, Kansas Chapter of the Walnut Council and the Kansas Forestry Association are hosting the 2014 National Walnut Council Meeting in June in Manhattan. The meeting will feature nationally recognized and local experts in the growth, culture and utilization of black walnut and other fine quality hardwoods. Forester Bob Atchison previews the meeting and how to register to attend.

4/17/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham... Play Audio

For this week's horticulture segment, K-State horticulturist Ward Upham discusses this week's hard freeze and the likely impact on fruit trees.

4/16/2014 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Jim Armstrong - Havensville Living History Day

The little girl’s eyes grew big as she pumped the foot pedal and fed yarn into the loom.  As the loom moved back and forth, the little girl gazed in amazement. For the first time in her life, she was creating a rug before her eyes. It is the type of wonderful experience which one can find at the annual Living History Day in Havensville.
4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM

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.
4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State Researcher Says Local Strawberries Survived Winter

Between record low temperatures last fall and a particularly harsh winter, strawberry growers in eastern Kansas have had some sleepless nights wondering how their crop might fare this spring. Kansas State University researcher Cary Rivard said that so far, it appears most strawberry plants came through the winter relatively well.
4/15/2014 8:00:00 AM

Three Easy Tips for Spring-Flowering Bulbs Can Help Ensure Future Blooms

It seems to happen overnight, when the cold, dreary days of winter give way to green grass and colorful patches of flowers in the landscape.
4/15/2014 8:00:00 AM


By all accounts, this spring is about two weeks behind normal and about four weeks behind last year’s early spring. Although Mother Nature may have delayed the bloom of some plants and trees this year, K-State Research and Extension forester Charles Barden says it’s still a great time to take a walk in the woods and enjoy what nature has to offer.

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM

Riley County Extension horticulturist Gregg Eyestone... Play Audio

For this week's horticulture segment, Riley County Extension horticulture agent Gregg Eyestone talks about promoting pollination of fruit crops in the home garden by creating a habitat that attracts  pollinating insects.

4/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


After two years of drought and minimal prescribed burning, an active burning season is expected this spring – with as many as two million acres being burned in the Flint Hills region. K-State Extension forester Charles Barden explains why the burns are necessary and discusses some of the restrictions being implemented to reduce the amount of smoke that’s added to essential burning.

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham... Play Audio

For this week's horticulture segment, K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about the 10 rules for planting landscape trees.

4/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


Spring is a great time to plant trees. EQIP – the Environmental Quality Incentives Program – provides landowners with funds to help cover some of the costs of planting new trees for conservation purposes or to remove old trees. K-State forester Bob Atchison talks about EQIP and how landowners can use agroforestry techniques to promote conservation on their property without hurting their bottom line.

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM

Jeff Vogel, Plant Protection and Weed Control Program... Play Audio

For this week's horticulture segment, the manager of the Plant Protection and Weed Control Program within the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Jeff Vogel, tells how that program assures that healthy, pest-free plant material is being sold at retail garden outlets around the state.

3/26/2014 7:00:00 PM

Grants Awarded for Kansas Community Gardens

Kansans in 26 communities – urban to rural – will have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables this year, thanks to nearly $123,000 in community garden grants awarded by a partnership between the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension.
3/24/2014 8:00:00 AM

Funds Still Available to Improve Kansas Windbreaks, Streamside Forests

Kansas landowners now have until April 18 to apply for cost-share funds to restore or enhance windbreaks and streamside forests, also called riparian forests. The funding is available through the 2014 Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI).
3/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Forest Stewardship Program, sponsored through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University, provides technical assistance to landowners to encourage and enable active long-term forest management. Bob Atchison, rural forestry program coordinator with the Kansas Forest Service, explains how the program operates in Kansas.

3/20/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham... Play Audio

For this week's horticulture segment, K-State horticulturist Ward Upham covers several vegetable garden topics...including garden asparagus and strawberry production.


3/19/2014 7:00:00 PM

Shawna Hartman, Kansas Forest Service... Play Audio

A public information officer with the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, Shawna Hartman, discusses a large-scale wildland fire training event taking place next week in southern Kansas to prepare rural firefighters and emergency management professionals for major wildfire events.


3/17/2014 7:00:00 PM

Firefighters Train to Protect Kansas from Wildfire

Preventing wildfires in Kansas has become a higher priority because of recent drought and high temperatures.
3/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


The Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. The seedlings can be used for a variety of conservation purposes, including windbreaks, woodlots, riparian plantings, wildlife habitat and Christmas tree plantations. K-State Research and Extension forester Charles Barden discusses the spring distribution and how to order seedlings.

3/13/2014 7:00:00 PM

K-State horticulturist Dennis Patton... Play Audio

For this week's horticulture segment, K-State horticulturist Dennis Patton talks about getting those early-planted garden vegetables started, and about lining up those garden tools for the season.


3/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


A mild late-winter day is a good time to trim shrubs and small trees in the home landscape. K-State Research and Extension forester Charles Barden discusses how the trimmings, especially those from fruit trees, can be forced to produce buds and blossoms.

3/6/2014 6:00:00 PM

Conservation forester Ryan Armbrust... Play Audio

Conservation forester Ryan Armbrust discusses the Kansas Forest Service’s Conservation Tree Planting Program…which is gearing up for its spring distribution.

3/5/2014 6:00:00 PM


Kansas has exceptional outdoor hunting. The Kansas Forest Service is constantly partnering with others to enhance public land wildlife habitat to make Kansas hunting and fishing even better. Watershed forester Billy Beck discusses some of the many projects the Kansas Forest Service is currently tackling.

2/27/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham... Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham offers advice to home gardeners who are new to growing their own vegetable transplants.



2/26/2014 6:00:00 PM

Farmers Market Vendor Workshop Planned March 29 in SE Kansas

There may be no better, more positive way to bring a community together than at the local farmers market. Think about it – it signifies the beginning of spring, new growth and people coming together in a casual, congenial manner to buy foods and flowers directly from local growers.
2/25/2014 8:00:00 AM

Woodland Acres Increase Calls for Landowner Caution

Kansas’ woodlands are increasing in acres that provide many benefits.  An official with the Kansas Forest Service cautioned landowners that without proper management woodlands can lose their quality and profitability.
2/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


Acres of bottomland timber in Kansas is being bulldozed out to make room for row crops. This is concerning because it will have negative impacts on water, wildlife and the overall beauty of our state. There’s a program that gives landowners money to actively manage bottomland timber. However, Kansas Forest Service watershed forester Billy Beck says the application deadline for participating in the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative is March 21st.

2/20/2014 6:00:00 PM

Kansas Entrepreneurs, Advocates, Civic Leaders Named Leaders of the Year

“Service” would be a common theme among the five Kansans who were recognized at a Feb. 19 luncheon by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as 2014 Leaders of the Year.
2/20/2014 8:00:00 AM

New List of Flowers Suitable for Prairie Climate Available

OLATHE, Kan. – Angelonia made the cut. So did several cultivars of celosia, gaillardia, impatiens, lantana and petunias. Those flowers and more are on the new Kansas State University list of Prairie Star Annual Flowers.
2/20/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State horticulturist Cheryl Boyer... Play Audio

For this week's horticulture segment, K-State horticulturist Cheryl Boyer talks about ornamental nursery crop production in Kansas.


2/19/2014 6:00:00 PM

Ross Hauck and Jason Hartman... Play Audio

From the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, Ross Hauck and Jason Hartman talk about the magnified concern about potential wildfires in Kansas coming out of this winter, with fuel load conditions ripe for sizeable wildfires...prompting this week to be proclaimed Wildfire Awareness Week in the state.


2/19/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham... Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham discusses a variety of topics, including fertilizing spring-flowering bulbs and why it's important to exercise patience when dealing with wet garden soil.



2/12/2014 6:00:00 PM


The Dust Bowl of the 1930s led to the development of conservation practices to protect the soil from drought and wind. However, many of the trees planted following the Dust Bowl era have been removed to capture more crop acreage or need to be replaced. K-State Extension forester Charles Barden explains how today’s windbreaks differ from those planted in the 1940s and 50s.

2/12/2014 6:00:00 PM


Before the pace picks up in the springtime, landowners should take the time to plan for conservation tree plantings along stream banks or other watershed areas.  Selecting the right tree species is imperative to succeeding with riparian plantings, says K-State watershed forester Billy Beck.  This week, he discusses trees that suit the various needs in a riparian area.

2/6/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham... Play Audio

For this week's horticulture segment, K-State horticulturist Ward Upham talks about the heating value of firewood, which is useful information when either harvesting one's own firewood or purchasing commercially-harvested wood.



2/5/2014 6:00:00 PM


A recent published report blows away the old misconception about the roles most mature trees and forests play in combatting climate change. As a result, Kansas Forest Service rural forestry program coordinator Bob Atchison says leaving older tree stands in place is a good idea, since cutting them down unleashes the carbon they spent their lifetimes absorbing.

1/30/2014 6:00:00 PM

Johnson County horticulture agent Dennis Patton... Play Audio

Johnson County Extension horticulture agent Dennis Patton talks about the roller coaster temperatures we’ve seen this winter and if that is impacting plants.

1/29/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State rural forestry coordinator Bob Atchison... Play Audio

K-State rural forestry coordinator Bob Atchison tells more about the cost-share opportunities for restoring windbreaks and shelterbelts through the NRCS Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative, which is taking applications through March 21st...over half-a-million dollars has been allocated to Kansas for this program.


1/26/2014 6:00:00 PM


Over a half-million dollars is now available to Kansas landowners, farmers and ranchers interested in restoring shelterbelts, windbreaks or managing woodlands adjacent to streams and rivers. The funds are available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative, known as CCPI. The deadline for signing up is March 21st. Kansas Forest Service forester Bob Atchison details the program and how to apply for funding.

1/23/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham... Play Audio

K-State horticulturist Ward Upham looks at a recent study on garden tomato production, comparing "heirloom" and modern tomato varieties.


1/22/2014 6:00:00 PM