September 24, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel discusses the benefits of core aeration for the home lawn and other benefits of a sharp mower blade, mowing heights and topdressing.
September 17, 2015
Russ Higgins, Commercial Agriculture Educator located at the Northern Illinois Agriculture Research Center near DeKalb talks with program host Richard Hentschel. Harvest is starting any day, depending on crop maturity. Farmers will likely start with corn and move into soybean later. Equipment preparation includes the combine tuneup, making sure grain drying equipment is ready to dry down the corn to about 15% or below. Listen in to hear additional details.
September 10, 2015
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up continues to talk with Russ Higgins, Commercial Agriculture Educator located at the Northern Illinois Agriculture Research Center near DeKalb. Topic for the show this week is cover crops, research on cover crops, what is working the best right now in these research plots. There is a real benefit to having cover crops to help manage and hold nutrients for next year's crop.
September 3, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel interviews Russ Higgins, Commercial Agriculture Educator located at the Northern Illinois Agriculture Research Center near DeKalb. Russ recently returned from a trip to Berlin Germany on an exchange Education Program. Richard and Russ also discussed current crop conditions in N. Illinois. Uneven stands and varying rates of maturity go back to the excessive water in fields. Russ also talked about pasture and baling hay this season.
August 27, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel discussed Magnolia Scale, an insect that has soared in numbers this season, causing concern and clean up problems for homeowners that have a Magnolia in the landscape. Richard talks about the typical life cycle of scales and potential control options if needed.
August 20, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel discusses 2 insects that will continue to be with us the rest of the summer. Japanese beetles while their numbers are down for the last two years are still around. There are approved pesticides that can be used , just be sure they are labeled for the plants to be sprayed. The second insect is the Squash bug. Squash bugs have nymph stages of growth so all the young feed the same way as the adult and can do a lot of damage by sucking plant juices from leaves and fruit. Trapping them under flat boards or a shingle is a simple way to control them.
August 6, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel talks about 2 insects that homeowners know quite well. Grubs in the lawn and the Emerald Ash Borer. August is the time grubs begin to show up feeding on the grass roots and depending on the number of grubs present, a control management practice may need to be done. The other insect is the Emerald Ash Borer, but now it has chosen another host to feed on when no ash trees are available.
July 30, 2015
Richard Hentschel discusses the vegetable garden out in the yard. To be sure the garden continues to produce by harvesting regularly to encourage more flowers and fruit production. Even if a fruit is unusable, remove and compost so the vegetable plant knows to continue production. Once fruit set has happened, consider side dresseing or using a compost to give the plants a bit of a boost. Lots of vegetables will produce well into the fall, long after school starts, the time homeowners think the gardening season is done.
July 23, 2015
Host Richard Hentschel discusses composting in 2015 with all the weather and what is available in the yard to compost. Lawn grass clippings are good source of nitrogen for the composting operation. Weed plants are also good without seed heads. If you pull those weeds, leave the dirt on the roots as a source of microflora that will help decay the compost material. Remember to turn the pile or move the material from one bin to another. Be sure to use that compost once it is ready in the landscape and garden beds. Applying compost as a topdress for the lawn which feeds the soil which will feed the lawn.
July 16, 2015
Richard Hentschel discusses growing degree days when in comes to growing vegetables and insect development. Plant development is slower than normal without the warmer, sunny days. The recent wet soils can cause disease problems. Tomato foliage diseases are running high right now. Air circulation, sunlight into the plants helps and grow disease resistant hybrids really helps.