K-State Agriculture Today: 1410 – Kansas Forest Service’s Callery Pear Buy-Back Program…A Wheat Update for North-Central and Western Kansas

  • Callery Pear Buy-Back Program
  • Wheat Update for the Post-Rock District and Greeley County
  • Anticipating Insect Pest Activity this Spring


00:01:10 – Callery Pear Buy-Back Program: We begin today’s show with information on the Callery Pear Buy-Back Program being held by the Kansas Forest Service and Deep Roots KC. Kansas Forest Service’s forest health coordinator, Ryan Rastok, and district community forester for Northeast Kansas, Kim Bomberger, share information on the negative impacts of Callery Pears and how this program serves as an opportunity to replace invasive trees with better suited native options.

Recommended tree lists from the Kansas Forest Service

More information and how to register for the Callery Pear Buy-Back Program


00:12:08 – Wheat Update for the Post-Rock District and Greeley County: Today we are also joined by two K-State Research and Extension agents for a wheat update. Sandra Wick joins us from the Post-Rock District and highlights the short wheat in her area that they hope is aided by moisture soon. Todd Schmidt from Greeley County echoes the same sentiment for his area – that they really just need some timely precipitation.

Link to register for the KSRE Post-Rock District newsletter


00:23:07 – Anticipating Insect Pest Activity this Spring: We end today’s show with K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd covering some of the insect pest activity we may see this the spring, including the Eastern tent caterpillar, clover mites, elm leaf beetles – which were a major problem in Wichita last year.

Link to KSRE’s Horticulture Newsletter


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Agriculture Today is a daily program featuring Kansas State University agricultural specialists and other experts examining ag issues facing Kansas and the nation. It is hosted by Samantha Bennett and distributed to radio stations throughout Kansas and as a daily podcast.


K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.


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