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Carpenter Ants             Audio
Carpenter ants appear to be the insect of the year so far. Here are some tips for their control.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 24, 2024


Bagworms              Column

Pretty soon, it will be time to start scouting and spraying for bagworms. Here is what to look for.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 13, 2024


Site Assessment                   Audio

What site characteristics should you look for when growing plants outdoors?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 26, 2024


Fast Growing Trees            Column
With the recent storm damage and die-off of trees from last year’s drought, some people are needing to find replacement trees.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 19, 2024


Ticks                 Audio
Ticks are once again becoming active - here are some things to look out for.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 19, 2024


Pesticide Basics             Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 12, 2024


Crabapples                    Audio
Redbuds might get most of the early spring love for their pink flowers, but don't sleep on crabapples!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 5, 2024


Pre-emergent Herbicides                           Audio
If you struggle with spring weeds in your lawn and garden, a pre-emergent herbicide might be for you.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 29, 2024


St. Patrick's Day means Potatoes in the Ground               Audio                  Column
St. Patrick’s Day just passed, which means it’s time to get potatoes in the ground if you want to try growing them.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 22, 2024


Weather & Garden                           Audio
We had our first spat of severe weather this week. Will your plants recover if damaged?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 15, 2024


Census of Agriculture Results                  Audio
The Census of Agriculture results are out, and they reveal some interesting things about specialty crops in southeast Kansas.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 8, 2024


Spring Weeds & Weed Control                     Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 1, 2024


Bouquet Tips for Prolonging Valentine's Day Flowers            Audio                      Column
If you got a bouquet for Valentine's Day, here are some tips for keeping the bouquet healthy into March.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 23, 2024


The Apple Tree              Column
No tree is more iconic than the apple tree. These beautiful shapely trees with their big red fruits are common in backyards and orchids, not only in the U.S., but across the world.

James Coover - Crop Production Agent

-February 20, 2024


Rosebushes                  Radio
Roses are on everyones' minds around this time of year, but how do you care for them?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 16, 2024


Soil Fertility                 Radio
It's time to start thinking about fertilizing the spring garden, but what exactly is fertilizer?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 9, 2024


Starting Seeds                   Radio
It might be cold now, but this is the right time of year to start preparing your plants for the garden.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 2, 2024


Identifying a Plant                  Radio
Before trying to de-ice, think twice.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 26, 2024


Salt Tolerant Plants            News Column                    Radio
When the salt gets thrown to break up ice, plants get caught up as collateral damage.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 19, 2024


Landscape Design Elements                 Radio
If you can't grow plants right now, the next best thing is to determine how you're going to grow plants.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 12, 2024


Greenhouses                       Radio
Greenhouses help keep your green thumb active during the winter.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 5, 2024


Windbreaks                  Radio
Building a windbreak is deceptively complex. Here are some tips to make your windbreak more effective.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 21, 2023


After-Christmas Tree              News Column                      Radio
Live Christmas trees might seem like a boat anchor once the holidays are over, but they can have a function in your landscape once the new year rolls around.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 14, 2023


Poinsettias                    Radio
Poinsettias are a festive holiday plant with a bad reputation. Is that reputation warranted?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 8, 2023


Don't Neglect your Evergreens this Winter              Radio                       News Column
Plants don't stop needing water if the temperature isn't scorching, even in the winter.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 30, 2023


Pesticide Basics               Radio
Now is the perfect time to learn about pesticides before you need to use them in your landscape next year.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 22, 2023


Household Pest                   Radio
You might be sharing your house with some unwanted guests this winter, but they aren't necessarily a problem.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 17, 2023


Soil Fertility                   Radio
Now is the time to start thinking about next year's growing season.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 11, 2023


Are you Killing your Houseplants with Kindness?             News Column             Radio
Houseplants brighten up any living space during the winter, but their health can turn on a dime for the most random reasons. There are four houseplant health variables that you can control – temperature, humidity, light, and water.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 3, 2023


Firewood                  Radio
The weather is about to turn cold. Are you ready to heat your home with firewood?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 27, 2023


Winterizing Garden Tools          Radio
Winter is sneaking up on us, so protecting garden tools should be done now.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 19, 2023


Sweet Potatoes                         Radio
Sweet potatoes are a staple fall food source, but when and how should you actually grow them?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 13, 2023


Fairy Ring Mushrooms               News Column                          Radio
Mushrooms may look fascinating, but they could be a sign of problems.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 6, 2023


Soil Acidification                   Radio
If you're like the average landowner in SEK, your soil might not have enough... acid?!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-Sept 27, 2023


Seed Saving Part 2               Radio
After growing plants for seeds, it's time for harvest and storage.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-Sept 22, 2023


Salt Tolerant Plants                    Radio
With a snowy winter predicted, it's important to understand how deicing salts will affect your plants.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-Sept 15, 2023


Seed Saving               Radio

Saving seeds is a good way to cut garden costs, but what does it entail?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-Sept 8, 2023


Soil Self-Diagnosis                 Radio
Sometimes all it takes to determine the health of your soil is to look at what's there and what isn't.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-Aug 30, 2023


Fall Leaves            News Column                     Radio
Strong fall color in trees has less to do with the species and more to do with the... sun?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-Aug 25, 2023


Fall Miscellany                   Radio
Fall may make it seem like garden time is winding down, but there are still things to get done before winter arrives.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-Aug 14, 2023


Fast-Growing Trees             News Column                              Radio
Need a tree in the landscape ASAP? Not so fast! Slow-growing trees might be a better fit.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-Aug 10, 2023


Japanese Beetles                  Radio
Japanese beetles are a familiar sight every year, but in dry years their feeding can become an even bigger problem.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-Aug 2, 2023


Blossom End Rot                      Audio
Blossom end rot may look alarming, but the solution to this problem is easier than you think.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 28, 2023


Storm Damage in Trees                     Audio
Storms can damage trees, but you have strategies for keeping damage to a minimum.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 21, 2023


Scouting Plants Will Catch Problems Ahead of Time              News Column           Audio
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the same holds true for plants.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 13, 2023


Dutch Elm disease              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 5, 2023


Tomato Diseases                     Audio
You might be seeing diseases on your tomato plants about this time of year, but hope is not lost.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 30, 2023


Produce Contamination                Audio
Growing produce at home is a healthy way to cut food costs, but only if that food is safe to eat.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 24, 2023


Bagworms                       News Column                               Audio
It's the time of the year when you should be spraying for bagworms. But what, exactly, are bagworms?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 15, 2023


Sweet Potatoes                 Audio
Sweet potatoes are the less picky cousin of Irish potatoes, and they are one of the best-performing crops for SE Kansas.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 2, 2023


Mental Health in AG               Audio
Growing plants as a living can be stressful. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 25, 2023


Ticks                      Audio
Ticks are out and about early this year. Here's the best way to deal with them.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 19, 2023


Firewood                      Audio
With trees dying all across the district, what is their potential for firewood?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 11, 2023


Sustainability Primer             Audio
Last summer has everyone thinking about sustainability, but how can you improve your sustainability?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 5, 2023


Pesticide Basics                   Audio
Pesticides might seem concerning to work with, but you have several sources of information for how to use these chemicals safely and effectively.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 28, 2023


Companion Planting                Audio
Companion planting gets a lot of buzz in the gardening community, but how many of its benefits are backed up by research?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 20, 2023


Mushroom Hunting                 Audio
Spring is mushroom-hunting season, but not every mushroom will leave you satisfied.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 13, 2023


Wind and Trees                   Audio
Wind and trees don't mix, so how can we help minimize potential damage?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 7, 2023


Spring Bulbs                Audio
Have you seen spring bulbs blooming recently?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 31, 2023


Grafting Woody Plants                    Audio
Here are some tips for anyone interested in woody plant grafting.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 24, 2023


Potato Planting and Harvesting               Audio
It's time to think about planting potatoes!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 17, 2023


Tree Appraisals                 Audio
Have you ever thought about what your trees are worth? Turns out, there's a formula for that.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 9, 2023


Pre-Emergent Herbicides         Audio
With spring weeds ready to take over your yard, you can fight back using pre-emergent herbicides.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 3, 2023


Flower Bouquets             Audio
Here are a few tips for keeping your Valentines' Day flowers alive as long as possible.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 24, 2023


Rosebushes                Audio
Now is the right time to prune rosebushes, but what other management is needed?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 17, 2023


Greenhouses                       Audio
If you have one, greenhouses are an invaluable tool for season extension.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 10, 2023


Produce Contamination                                Audio
Just because your fruits and vegetables look clean doesn't mean they are.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 3, 2023


Protective Covers                    Audio
Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can't garden with a little help.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 27, 2023


Nutrient Functions in Plants                   Audio
Last week we discussed nutrients and the soil, but how do nutrients affect plants?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 20, 2023


Soil Fertility                         Audio
Just like people, plants need nutrients too.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 6, 2023


Census of Agriculture 2023                   Audio
The Census of Agriculture deadline is right around the corner!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 6, 2023


De-Icing Salts are Good for the Roads and Sidewalks, But Bad for Plants              News Column
When snow falls and cities need to clear off streets and sidewalks, they turn to salts to deice. Salt is great for hard surfaces, but creates problems when introduced to soil and plants.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 30, 2022


Protective Covers                      Audio
When fighting against cold weather, structures can make or break your winter gardening.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 30, 2022


After Christmas Trees               Audio
Just because the holidays are over, that doesn't mean you can't still use your trees.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 23, 2022


Salt-Tolerant Plants            Audio
Deicing salts - good for winter safety, bad for plants.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 16, 2022


Pines                             Audio
Pine trees are in the front of peoples' minds this holiday season, but how do they grow during the rest of the year?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 9, 2022


Treat Houseplants like Outdoor plants for Winter Horticulture               News Column
With winter rapidly approaching and temperatures dropping, many people get their horticulture fix with indoor plants. Many rules of thumb for outdoor plants also apply to indoor plants.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 2, 2022


Pecans                  Audio
Pecans may be tasty, but pecan trees can be problematic in the wrong place.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 2, 2022


Oaks                    Audio
Oaks are some of our most recognizable trees, but selecting from over 500 species can be difficult!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 22, 2022


Maples                          Audio
Maples are one of the most common tree families in SE Kansas, but not all maples are created equal.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 18, 2022


American Persimmons           Audio    
This week we are shining a spotlight on a very underrated native fruit tree.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 10, 2022


Black Walnuts                          Audio
The first in a mini-series on trees covers a messy, but also underrated species - the black walnut.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 4, 2022


House Plants                                 Audio
Just because the weather turns colder doesn't mean you have to give up growing plants.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 27, 2022


Winterizing Garden Tools                   News Column                     Audio
Winter can be tough on garden tools, but there are a few steps you can take to keep them protected.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 21, 2022


Household Pest                    Audio
Brace for bugs to start finding their way into your house as the temperatures cool.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 14, 2022


Local Osage Orange joins the Ranks of Champion trees                    News Column
Last month, I was called out to a home in Parsons to assess whether an Osage orange tree was the largest of its species in the state. A few weeks ago, the Osage orange specimen was confirmed as the new state champion after submission to the Champion Tree Program.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 7, 2022


IPM                        Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 7, 2022


Fall Leaves                      Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-September 30, 2022


Animal-Safe Gardening          Audio
People love their pets and their plants, but what do you do when your plants can hurt your pets?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-September 16, 2022


Grafting                          Audio
Grafting is tricky, but can yield plenty of rewards if everything goes right.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-September 9, 2022


Marginal Leaf Scorch                     Audio
With little rain during this summer, your tree's leaves might be looking extra crispy. There's a name for that!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-August 31, 2022


Planting Trees                    Audio
It's time to plant some trees, but what's the best way to do that?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-August 27, 2022


Cicada Killers & Mud Daubers                           Audio

Wasps aren't always the aggressive insects we think they are.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-August 19, 2022


Soil Contamination                   News Column                    Audio
Heavy metals in the soil are never a good thing, but some gardening techniques will minimize their impact.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-August 12, 2022


Japanese Beetles                      Audio
It's been over 100 years since the Japanese beetle was brought to the US, but the damage will look more severe this year.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 29, 2022


Tree Fatal Flaws                         Audio
Understanding a tree's flaws before planting will save you a lot of headaches down the road.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 22, 2022


Root Damage                     News Column               Audio
If you're seeing tip dieback in your shade trees, the root of the issue might be our wet May.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 15, 2022


Mushroom Cultivation              Audio
Growing your own mushrooms at home might be easier than you think.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 8, 2022


Squash & Squash Pests             Audio
People love growing squash... almost as much as they hate these squash pests!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 28, 2022


Bagworms                              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 18, 2022


Seeking Out Shade                      News Column                           Audio
Shade is welcome this time of year, but it can complicate gardening.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 18, 2022


Mushrooms and Fairy Rings                   Audio
Mushrooms are popping up right now, but are they a problem that needs to be solved?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 2, 2022


IPM                            Audio
Pest control doesn't have to be limited to just chemicals.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 2, 2022


Early Summer Pests                           Audio
Keep an eye out for these pests as the weather (hopefully) heats up!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 26, 2022


Companion Planting                News Column                     Audio
Companion planting is the act of putting two different plants close to each other for certain benefits. These benefits could be insect damage control, nutrient management, or microclimate adjustment.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 20, 2022


Utilities and DED             Audio
Keep utilities at the front of your mind when pruning or planting trees.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 13, 2022


Site Assessment            Audio
If you're having problems growing plants in your garden, the first step is to look around and assess where you're trying to grow them.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 5, 2022


Dandelions                  Audio
Dandelions, a misunderstood plant, also have a lot of benefits to wildlife and people.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 27, 2022


Spring Bulbs                        Audio
Bulbs are one easy way to get some spring flowers into your landscape.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 22, 2022


Ornamental Pears         News Column                    Audio
Ornamental pears look pretty now, but have problems that make them a poor choice for the landscape for the long-term.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 15, 2022


Raised Beds & Containers                  Audio
If your soil is too poor to grow plants, containers or raised beds might be a better option!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 8, 2022


Sweet Potatoes                   Audio
Are potatoes having trouble growing in your garden? Try its less fussy cousin!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 31, 2022


Mushroom Hunting           News Column                   Audio
Mushroom hunting is a fun outdoor activity, but make sure the mushrooms you're bringing home are actually edible!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 25, 2022


Potatoes                         Audio
Potatoes are a staple crop for many people, and it's time to get them in the ground for this spring.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 18, 2022


Pollinators                           Audio
Practice these tips to help pollinators live their best lives.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 11, 2022


Pre-emergent Herbicide                 Audio

Pre-emergent herbicide is one of the most labor-reducing steps you can take to keep your yard and garden healthy.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 4, 2022


Spring Bulbs                    News Column                Audio
It's about time for bulbs to start emerging, so here is what to expect!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 24, 2022


Flower Bouquets           Audio
Keep your Valentine's bouquets looking fresh with these tips & tricks!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 18, 2022


Fair Exhibits                    Audio
Here are some tips to make the best horticulture exhibits for your county fair.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 12, 2022


Basic Plant Breeding                   Audio
Here are some tips and tricks for breeding common garden plants.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 4, 2022


When using Wood to Heat your Home, Species Matters             News column
In order to avoid home energy costs, some people are turning to firewood as their primary source of heat. Not all trees are good choices for firewood. The heat firewood produces when burning will depend on the dry weight of the wood.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 4, 2022


Firewood                        Audio
Wood from trees makes good firewood, but some species are better than others!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 28, 2022


Produce Contamination                Audio
While produce might look clean, there might be some hitchhiking chemicals or microbes you need to be wary of!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 21, 2022


Starting Seeds                  Audio
Get a head start on your spring veggie garden with these tips!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 14, 2022


Soil Self-Diagnosis                          Audio
Sometimes you don't need a soil test to know some of the qualities of your soil.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 7, 2022


Pines                      Audio
Pines have major winter value, but think twice before putting one in your landscape!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 28, 2021


Poinsetties                Audio
Poinsettias are beautiful winter plants, and you can keep them beautiful well into the new year with these tips.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 22, 2021


Census of Agriculture                      Audio
An important event is coming up next year, and now is a good time to prepare for it!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 17, 2021


After-Christmas Trees                        Audio
After the holiday season, fresh Christmas trees have some alternative uses to consider.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 10, 2021


As Winter Approaches, Tropical Fern Houseplants Need Special Care             Article
Ferns are one very common houseplant that brighten up the home during the winter. However, they have some important considerations to ensure that they stay healthy during the cold winter months. Because of cultural changes in how we heat our homes during the winter, most ferns will suffer without environmental modification.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 3, 2021


Fern                             Audio
If you have ferns as houseplants, now is the time when you might start seeing problems.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 3, 2021


Thanksgiving Horticulture                Audio
Growing some of the foods from the Thanksgiving meal in Kansas might be trickier than you think.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 23, 2021


Salinity - Sodicity                      Audio
If you're having trouble keeping plants from drought stress, an often-overlooked soil property may be to blame.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 19, 2021


Edible Landscaping                  Audio
Want to work food into your landscape? Here are a few tips!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 10, 2021


Fall Leaves                 News Column               Audio
Leaves on the ground can be a great mulch source, but where and how should you use them?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 5, 2021


Fungicides                           Audio
Fungicides are an important tool for keeping your garden healthy and looking nice.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 29, 2021


Insecticides                        Audio
Insecticides can help protect your plants, but make sure you aren't also taking out beneficial insects!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 22, 2021


Herbicide                                     Audio
Herbicides are chemicals that kill plants, and they have a couple of special considerations to keep in mind.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 16, 2021


Now is the Time to Start a Compost Pile                 Article
With fall cleanup right around the corner, now is a good time to start a compost pile with the scraps. Compost is organic material that is decayed by microorganisms, and adding it into your soil improves moisture retention, soil texture, and nutrient levels.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 8, 2021


Pesticide Basics                                Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 8, 2021


Composting                             Audio
With fall garden cleanup right around the corner, now is a good time to think about starting a compost pile.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 1, 2021


Raised Beds and Containers                 Audio
Getting ready for fall gardening? It might be a good idea to use containers, especially on cold-sensitive plants.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-September 24, 2021


Invasive Species                        Audio
It's always important to make sure invasive species are controlled, but what exactly are native species?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-September 17, 2021


Fall is the Perfect Time for Tree Planting           Article
Fall is almost here, which means… it’s time to plant trees? While many people think of trees when the leaves start falling, few consider planting trees in the fall, instead opting for springtime when the trees will get the most rainfall.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-September 10, 2021


Planting Trees                    Audio
Thinking of planting some new trees this fall? Here are a couple of tips.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-September 10, 2021


Trees Fatal Flaws                       Audio
Does your tree have one fatal flaw? It's possible breeders have already solved that problem!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-September 3, 2021


Grass Dormancy                         Audio
Cool-season grasses might be dormant and yellow right now, but there are steps you can take to keep your lawns green for longer.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-August 20, 2021


Armyworms                                Audio

A notorious pest is feeding unseasonably early, and it's causing problems in Kansas yards.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-August 20, 2021


Master Gardener Training Back in Person for 2021                     Article
With gardening on the rise as a result of the COVID pandemic, there is a need for trained horticulture volunteers – a need filled by the Extension Master Gardener program. Last year, Kansas State University’s Extension Master Gardener training was exclusively online. This year, with vaccinations rolling out, participants have the choice of online or in-person training.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-August 13, 2021


Cool Seasons Grasses                 Audio
If your yard looks like it's dying, it might just be a cool-season grass!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-August 13, 2021


Fall tree                             Audio
Most new trees do better when planted in the fall. As you prepare for tree planting, here are some things to keep in mind. 

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-August 6, 2021


Resprouting Plants              Audio
If your plants die back to the ground, there might still be hope!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 30, 2021


Hazard Trees                        Audio

Ever wondered how you can tell if a tree needs to be removed?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 23, 2021


Master Gardner Program                         Audio
Jesse introduces the Master Gardener program and some oak diseases you might see soon.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 16, 2021


Bagworms              Article                              Audio
Are you having problems with bagworms? This radio gives you some basic control tips.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 9, 2021


Garden Critters                           Audio
Wildlife attacking your garden plants? Here are some tips to protect your plants from the critters!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-July 2, 2021


Identifying a Plant                       Audio
What do you need to take pictures of when identifying a plant? This radio recording sheds light on the identification process.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 25, 2021


Early Summer Pest                    Article                            Audio
Two common pests should begin rearing their ugly heads soon, so now is the time to keep an eye out for them and consider control. Bagworms are pests of evergreen shrubs and trees, and very damaging.                  

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 18, 2021


Galls                                        Audio
Got some funky-looking growths on your tree? They might not be as alarming as they appear!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 11, 2021


Dutch Elm Disease                                       Audio
One of the deadliest tree diseases is starting to rear its ugly head, so it's important to know the symptoms and management strategies.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-June 3, 2021


Soil Texture Drainage                      Audio
Ever wonder why some soils can never stay wet, while others leave standing water? This radio has some info!

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 28, 2021


Plant Hardiness               Audio                   Article
With the chance of frosts passed and new plants going into the landscape, it’s important to consider the climate extremes that your plant can tolerate before putting it in the ground. The primary map used to determine the suitability of a plant for an area is the USDA Hardiness Zone map.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 21, 2021


Wildflowers                 Audio
Wildflower gardens may require lower maintenance, but there are still tips to follow for successful establishment.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 14, 2021


Tree Decay                  Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-May 7, 2021


Post-Planting Tree Establishment                Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 30, 2021


Selection Is the First Step to Healthy Trees                  Article
The city of Oswego is having a tree sale on May 1st, and in honor of that, the next three weeks will be on the topic of tree establishment. There are 10 steps to getting a tree established, and today we will cover tree selection. Before even buying the tree, there are things to look for that will maximize the life of the tree. 

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 23, 2021


Tree Planting 2               Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 23, 2021


Tree Selection                   Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 16, 2021


Raised Beds & Containers         Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 9, 2021


Spring Bulbs                     Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 2, 2021


Foliar Problems                      Audio
Several people have called this week concerned for their hollies and other evergreen shrubs, noticing that the leaves are presenting with dry, crispy margins and tips, and excessive leaf drop. The reason for this?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 26, 2021


Edible Landscaping                  Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 19, 2021


Turf Extablishment & Pr- Emergent         Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 12, 2021


Soil pH                       Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-March 5, 2021


Fertilizing Houseplants         Article                    Audio
Houseplants have had a positive psychological impact on people throughout cold, bleak winters. It’s important to remember these fertilization tips when caring for your houseplants to ensure that their lives are as long as possible.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 26, 2021


Site assessment for Plants           Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 19, 2021


Flower Bouquets            Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 12, 2021


Tomatoes              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-February 5, 2021


Keeping Grass Away From Tree Bases Gives Them a Competitive Edge                 Article
When planting new trees, some people choose to allow grass to grow right up to the trunk, while others mulch around the base. Which gives the new tree a better chance of surviving?

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 29, 2021


Basic Plant Breeding               Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 29, 2021


Grass vs Mulch for New Trees           Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 22, 2021


Windbreaks                Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 15,2021


Seed Starting                      Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-January 8,2021


After-Christmas Tree          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 25, 2020


Protective Covers              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 18, 2020


Microclimates                  Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 11, 2020


Treat Houseplants like Outdoor Plants for Winter Horticulture          Article                Audio

With winter rapidly approaching and temperatures dropping, many people get their horticulture fix with indoor plants. Many rules of thumb for outdoor plants also apply to indoor plants. Watering is the most common cause of ill-looking plants, often from overwatering.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-December 4, 2020


Thanksgiving Horticulture                      Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 25, 2020


Holiday Horticulture   

Pines                          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 20, 2020


Holiday Horticulture             Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 13, 2020


Pecans                      Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-November 6, 2020


Oaks                               Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 30, 2020


Maples                                        Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 23, 2020


American Persimmons                              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 15, 2020


 

If Planting Trees, Now is the Time                Article
If you want to plant trees, fall is the time to do it, for several reasons. Trees respond to the warm soil temperatures from the summer by growing their root systems deeper, which leads to better long-term health and a faster growth rate.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 9, 2020


 

Black Walnuts                  Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 9, 2020


 

Identifying a Plant                Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-October 3, 2020


 

 

Fall Tree Planting         Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

September 25, 2020


 

Champion Trees               Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

September 18, 2020


 

Garden Plant Preparation for Winter Dormancy Begins Now                     Article
The beginning of fall signals transitions in the garden, and while plants are going dormant, there are still tasks to complete before the garden shuts down completely for the winter.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

September 11, 2020


 

Fall Miscellany             Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

September 11, 2020


 

Grass Seed Quality        Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

September 4, 2020


 

Seeding Lawns                 Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

August 28,2020


 

Master Gardener Training Goes Virtual For 2020           Article

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

August 13,2020


 

Cool Season Grasses          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

August 14,2020


 

 Fall Gardening                  Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

August 8,2020


Understand and Avoid Potentially Invasive Plants              Article

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

August 3,2020


 

Master Gardeners, Oaks, Tomatoes              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

July 24,2020


 

Hazard Trees          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

July 17,2020


 Bagworms               Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

July 10,2020


 Trees Sweat Too: Keeping an eye out for tree dehydration symptoms              Article

Until the rain last week, our area had an extended period of hot, windy weather, which leads to a condition called marginal leaf scorch. This disorder presents as dry and crispy leaves throughout the canopy of certain shade trees. On some trees, the edges of the leaves will be affected, and on others, the tips of the leaves will be affected. 

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

July 6,2020


 Marginal Leaf Scorch          Audio 

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

July 2,2020


Dutch Elm Disease          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

June 26,2020


 Irrigation        Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

June 11,2020


 

Dandelions             Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

June 11,2020


 

Garden Bullies         Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

June 5,2020


 Anthracnose           Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

May 28,2020


 

Turf Miscellany          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

May 22,2020


 

Tree Decay        Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

May 15,2020


 

Weather and Garden          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- May 9,2020


Water Testing Important to Protect the Fruit & Vegetable Consumers       Article

With 12 percent more rain than average over the last year, ponds and wells are full to overflowing with water to use as irrigation for fruit and vegetable gardens. However, it’s important to ensure that the water you draw from your well or pond is not contaminated with bacteria before irrigating your crops. Irrigating with contaminated water has the potential to spread foodborne illness, particularly if selling produce to others.

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- May 8, 2020


 Weather and Gardening       Audio

 Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- May 8, 2020


 Farmers Markets         Audio

Adaven Scronce, Diversified Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

- May 8, 2020


Foraging               Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

-April 30,2020


 

Freeze Damage            Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- April 23,2020


 

Starting A New Garden          Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent 

- April 16,2020


 

In This Time of Self-Isolation, Start a Garden!                     Article                     Radio

With the coronavirus pandemic putting pressure on local food systems, interest is resurfacing in homeowners starting Victory Gardens in their yards. Victory Gardens, originally called War Gardens, began in the late 1910s as the U.S. entered World War I. Renamed to Victory Gardens in World War II, it was the public’s way of easing pressure on food supplies by having American citizens produce most of their own food.

- April 10, 2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent


Bulbs              Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- April 9,2020


 

Tree Planting        Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- April 2, 2020


 

Soil PH         Audio

- March 26, 2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent


When Testing Soil Fertility, Don't Ignore pH                      Article

- March 24, 2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent


Commercial Hemp             Audio

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent

- March 19,2020


 

Soil Texture and Drainage        Audio

- March 12,2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent


 

Soil Temperature and Seed Dormancy          Audio

- March 5, 2020 

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent


 

Pruning Trees Both an Art and Science- Article         Radio

- February 26, 2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent


Citizens Science Program     Audio

- February 21,2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent


 New Horticulture Agent Introductions - Article

 - January 31, 2020

Jesse Gilmore - Horticulture Agent


 Dividing Peonies - Article

 - November 14, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


 Making Compost - Article

- October 24, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


 Tree Shopping -  Article

- September 20,2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


 Ugly Web Nests! - Article

- July 23, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


 Protect Tomato Plants - Article

- June 20, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


 Beetle Invasion Soon to Begin -  Article

- June 13, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


 Controlling Squash Bugs - Article

- May 30, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


 Container Gardening- Article

- May 1, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


 Repotting Houseplants - Article

-April 4, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


 Using Leftover Vegetable Seeds - Article

- March 3, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


You've Got Moles- Audio

- Feb. 4, 2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


 Fruit Tree Pruning - Audio

- Jan. 7,2019

Jacob Weber - Horticulture Agent


 Christmas Tree Selection and Care - Article        Audio

- Dec. 4, 2018


Applying Lime - Audio

- March 31,2018


 Hobby Greenhouse Considerations- Audio

- March 17,2018


 When To Plant a Vegetable Garden- Audio

- March 10,2018


 Planting a Strawberry Bed - Audio

-March 3,2018


 Garden Soil PH Test- Audio

-February 24, 2018


 Planting a Fruit Garden - Audio

-February17,2018


 Starting Transplants- Audio

-February 10,2018


 Trapping Moles - Audio

- January 27, 2018


 Indoor Lighting For Plants - Audio

- January 13,2018


 Indoor Plant Problem Diagnosis - Audio

- January 20,2018


 Ice Melters - Audio

- January 06,2018


Soil Organic Matter - Audio

 - August 24, 2017


Master Gardener Class Begins September - Article

- June 2, 2017


Sycamore Disease - Audio

 - May 19, 2017


Tomato Leaf Diseases - Audio

- May 12, 2017


Planting Sweet Corn - Audio

 - May 4, 2017


Managing Cedar-apple Rust -Audio


Applying Lime - Audio


Thinking about a Greenhouse- Audio

- April 4, 2017


Lawn Mowing Frequency - Audio

- March 31, 2017


Maximize Garden Productivity - Audio

- March 24, 2017


Emerald Ash Borer Meeting Scheduled - Article 

An informational meeting concerning the Emerald Ash Borer, and exotic pest that is threating our communities, is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, at the Southeast Kansas Area Research and Extension Center in Parsons, beginning at 1 p.m. The Southeast Kansas Research and Extension Center is located at 25092 Ness Road (immediately south of the Highway 400 and Ness Road intersection). 

 - March 8, 2017


Improving the Soil pH - Article 

- March 1, 2017


 Emerald Ash Borer - Article

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is likely to become a very serious pest locally within the next few years.

- February 19, 2017


Starting Transplants from seed - Audio

Starting transplants from seed successfully requires that you pay attention to the important details.

- February 12, 2017


 Bagworms - Audio

Bagworms attack and may severely damage several landscape plant. The can be managed with a timely and thorough, mid-June application of insecticide.

- June 17, 2016


Slime Molds - Audio

Scattered patches of tiny grey pustules coating the blades of grass plants may suddenly appear in home lawns. Not to worry, these pustules are the spore-producing structures of slime molds. Slime molds are harmless to the grass plants and can be easily washed or brushed off the grass.

- June 10, 2016


Reducing Pesticide Usage - Audio

Pesticides are often used to manage vegetable garden pests. However, pesticides usage can be reduce by following some time-proven practices that minimize pest problems.

- June 3, 2016


Sycamore Anthracnose - Audio

When sprintime weather is cool and wet, many sycamore trees may become infected with a disease called anthracnose. Fortunately, this is not a serious disease of the trees and fungicide sprays are not recommended.

- May 27, 2016


Senior Gardening - Audio

Senior citizens may abandon gardening activities as their physical abilities decline. However, some common sense ideas can help elderly gardeners enjoy this refreshing outdoor activity.

- May 20, 2016


Weed Control in the Vegetable Garden - Audio

Weeds are a certainty if you grow a garden. Controlling them effectively may include the use of herbicides and good, old-fashioned hand tools.

- May 13, 2016


Planting Sweet Corn - Audio

Sweet corn should be planted in blocks of two or more rows for better pollination. A longer harvest is insured by planting blocks of early and late maturing varieties, or by staggering the planting dates.

- May 6, 2016


Lawn Mower Safety - Audio

Preventing injury to yourself and others when means that all important safety rules must be followed. In addition, the mower must be properly maintaining and all of its safety shields are attached and working.

- April 29, 2016


Removing Ticks - Audio

Dr. Michael Dryden, Professor in the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine discusses methods to safely remove ticks.

- April 25, 2016


Cedar-Apple Rust - Audio

Cedar-apple rust is a fungal disease that adversely affects apple trees. Controlling this disease is better achieved by planting resistant varieties.

- April 22, 2016


Hobby Greenhouse - Audio

Several important points must be considered when deciding to build a hobby greenhouse; this can add up to a considerable investment when completed.

- April 18, 2016


Orchard Grass - Audio

Orchard grass seed can sometimes be introduced into fescue lawns with contaminated seed. This grass can give the lawn an undesirable appearance and is difficult to remove.

- April 8, 2016


Strawberry Bed Preparation - Audio

Choosing a good location and properly preparing the soil for planting significantly improves the potential productivity of a new strawberry bed.

- April 1, 2016


Container Gardening - Audio

Container gardening give the gardener the ability to grow plants when land space is limited. However, container gardening is not without problems.

- March 25, 2016


Lawn Mowing Tips - Audio

Keeping the mower blade sharp is one of the key components for maintaining the lawn. However, alternating the travel direction of the mower from one mowing to the next will help make it an even better looking lawn.

- March 18, 2016


Planting a vegetable garden - Audio

The basic requirements for planting a vegetable garden include the necessary tools, a small plot of land, and the knowledge and determination to properly nurture the plants throughout the growing season.

- March 11, 2016 


Planting Asparagus - Audio

Asparagus crowns are planted early in the spring, as soon as the soil can be worked. The most common method of planting is in a six-inch deep trench that has been prepared with organic amendments worked into the soil.

- March 4, 2016


Proper Soil Sample Collection - Article  Audio

Just like maintaining or servicing equipment, soil testing should become a routine examination of soil health. Correct soil sampling in the field is essential for an accurate and repeatable soil test, and consequently for an optimum nutrient management program. To obtain a proper collection, there are a few guidelines to follow.

- March 4, 2016


Starting Transplants - Audio

Starting your own vegetable transplants makes it possible to grow varieties that are not readily available at local nurseries and garden centers. Begin successful at this endeavor requires suitable growing conditions and sanitary equipment.

- February 26, 2016


Soil Testing for Gardening - Audio

The soil test provides valuable information about managing the garden soil's fertility. This test checks for levels of phosphorus and potash, and the soil's pH.

- February 19, 2016


Straw Bale Gardening - Audio

Straw bales can be used to grow vegetables.  The bales must be seasoned properly before plants are set into soil-filled, dish bowl-shaped holes fashioned in their top sides.

- February 12, 2016


Using Leftover Vegetable Seeds - Audio

Gardeners can save money by using leftover vegetable seeds. Last year's seeds may still be good enough to plant provided they have been properly stored.

- February 5, 2016


Starting Transplants - Audio

Gardeners can start their own vegetable and flower transplants from seed. Paying attention to the needs of the seedling plants ensures that healthy transplants are produced.

- January 28, 2016


Pruning Fruit Trees - Audio

Fruit trees is important for the production of high quality fruit. Pruning begins when the trees are planted and continues throughout the life of the tree.

- January 22, 2016


Watering Potted Plants - Audio

Watering potted houseplants correctly helps ensure that those plants will remain in a healthy condition, especially during the winter months.

- January 15, 2016


Planting a Tree - Audio

There are several important steps to follow when planting a tree. When done correctly it helps the tree get off to a rapid, healthy start.

- January 8, 2016


Plant Safety When Using Ice Melting Products - Audio

The active ingredients in ice melting products can harm plants.  Careful use of these products provide the safety needed by pedestrians and reduce the risk of injury to trees, shrubs, flowerbeds and lawns.

- January 4, 2016


Success with Christmas Cactus - Audio

The Christmas cactus blooms naturally at Christmas time.  Growing this plant successfully is achieved by providing it with environmental conditions similar to its natural habitat.

- December 28, 2015


Attracting Birds to Feeders - Audio

The type of birds attracted to feeders is influenced by the type of feeder (tray, hopper, nectar, etc.) and the kinds of food offered.

- December 18, 2015


Buying a Poinsettia - Audio

When buying a poinsettia for holiday decorating choose a plant with colorful bracts and bright, green foliage.  Be sure to protect the plants from cold temperature on the trip home and give them plenty of bright sunlight indoors.

- December 11, 2015


Amaryllis Gift Plant - Audio

The amaryllis plant is a popular gift item for the Christmas holiday season.  Ensuring that the plant receives the proper care maximizes the plant's display of colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers for holiday decorating.

- December 4, 2015


Preventing Sunscald Injury - Audio

Bright sunny winter days followed by cold snaps can injure young, tender-bark trees.  Shielding the trunks of these trees from sunlight exposure during the winter months helps prevent this injury.

- November 27, 2015


Preparing Mower for Storage - Audio

Preparing the lawn mower for winter storage not only extends the life expectancy of the mower, but also ensures that it will be ready to begin working right away next spring.

- November 20, 2015


Seasoning Firewood - Audio

For best results firewood for home heating should be properly seasoned before use.  Freshly cut logs should be split and loosely stacked to allow for proper drying. Depending upon the type of wood, seasoning may take from several months to year to complete.

- November 13, 2015


The House Mouse - Audio

With cooler temperatures outside, the house mouse may be moving into homes, garages, machine sheds and grain storage facilities. Effective control involves sanitation, mouse-proof construction and population reduction. At the very first sign of mouse activity, don’t hesitate to start a mouse reduction process.

- November 6, 2015


Making Compost - Audio

Composting is a means of reducing piles of fallen leaves into a useable, soil-building product.  Simply creating a suitable environment for decomposing microbes is all that is necessary to be successful.

- November 6, 2015


Foods for Bird Feeders - Audio

Feeding is a great way to observe these feathery creatures up close. The types of foods used helps attract different types of birds.

- October 30, 2015


Pine Needle Drop - Audio

Like deciduous trees, evergreen pine trees naturally shed their older needles, it's just not generally as noticeable.  However, in some years and especially for some pine species, the yellow shedding needles may become highly visible and mistaken for a serious problem.

- October 23, 2015


Planting Hardy Bulbs - Audio

Fall is the time to plant tulips and other hardy bulbs for spring blooms. Planting depth is determined by the size of the bulb and the soil type. It is better to plant bulb of the same type together rather than mixing colors and species.

- October 16, 2015


Harvesting Sweet Potatoes - Audio

Sweet potatoes are ready to harvest when they reach market size. After digging the sweet potato roots will need to be cured before placing them into storage.

- October 9, 2015


Harvesting Winter Squash - Audio

Winter squash is harvested when fully mature after the rind has hardened and developed its full color. Squash are then cured for several days after which they are stored under proper temperature and humidity conditions.

- October 2, 2015


Oak Leaf Itch Mites - Article   Audio

Oak leaf itch mites cause chigger-like bites on unsuspecting people. The mites reproduce by preying on midge larvae on the leaves of pin oak, red oak and black oak trees. Avoiding outdoor activities around infested oak tree is the best means of reducing the number of irritating bites.

- September 25, 2015


Seeding or Over Seeding Fescue Lawn - Audio

September through mid-October is an excellent time to seed or overseed the fescue lawn. Ensuring good seed-to-soil contact and maintaining adequate soil moisture is essential for germination and establishment of the grass plants.

- September 18, 2015


Plant Nutrient Needs for Turfgrass - Audio

Turfgrass needs nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium from fertilizer in varying amounts. The application rate is based on the results of a soil test.

- September 11, 2015


September Fertilization of Fescue Lawns - Audio

- September 4, 2015


Powdery Mildew of Cucurbits - Audio

- August 28, 2015


Nuisance Moles - Article   Audio

Of the various methods of controlling nuisance moles trapping is the most effective. The harpoon-type mole is set above the mole run and captures the mole with sharp spines driven into the ground by powerful springs.

- August 21, 2015


Summer Fish Kill in Farm Ponds - Audio

- August 14, 2015


Slime Mold - Audio

- June 5, 2015


Sycamore Anthracnose - Audio

- May 29, 2015


Tomato Leaf Blight - Audio

- May 22, 2015


Squash Bugs - Audio

- May 15, 2015


Hobby Greenhouse - Audio

- May 8, 2015


 

All,

I have attached Adaven Scronce ’s agricultural extension column. Please use as soon as possible.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Tina