University of Illinois Extension
December 8, 2016

Richard and Dru discuss the latest in food trends. Interest in fermented foods are increasing for the pro-biotics they contain. Pickled vegetables are things like kimchee, sauerkraut, and pickles. Some food trends get started in the restaurants. Increased usage of herbs and spices. This is reducing our salt and butter. Other foods trending is wood fire cooking and putting bacon on everything.

 
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December 8, 2016

Richard and Dru discuss the latest in food trends. Interest in fermented foods are increasing for the pro-biotics they contain. Pickled vegetables are things like kimchee, sauerkraut, and pickles. Some food trends get started in the restaurants. Increased usage of herbs and spices. This is reducing our salt and butter. Other foods trending is wood fire cooking and putting bacon on everything.

 
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December 1, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel talks more with Dru Banks, Nutrition and Wellness educator on the Dietary Guidelines and our coffee drinking habits. Americans drink lots of coffee. Moderate coffee consumption is ok for healthy adults. That is about 400 milligrams of caffeine in total during the day. Think 3 8 oz cups a day if that is the only source of caffeine. Too much caffeine can mean upset stomachs, nerviness and insomnia. Your heartbeat can be elevated as well. Caffeine may have some positive impact too. Some teas can provide caffeine depending on how long they are brewed.

 
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November 17, 2016

Richard Hentschel talks with Dru Banks on eating during the holidays, food safety is key. Improperly handled foods by leaving out too long and general sanitation like a lack of hand washing.

Keeping foods chilled (crushed ice below) or hot (140 degrees) and serving the dish in small amounts and replenishing later. Foods can be left out for 2 hours before needing attention. Fresh vegetables need refrigeration after cutting and then the 2 our rule applies. Keep leftovers 3-5 days on average for the home kitchen.

 
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November 10, 2016
Richard Hentschel, Extension Specialist, Green Industry Programming
Host Richard Hentschel discusses the Dietary Guidelines for Americans with Dru Banks, Nutrition and Wellness Educator. The focus is now reducing sugars, sodium intake, saturated fat and eating nutrient dense foods. Soft drinks and eating out can be a real source of those added sugars. We are now eating out more than cooking meals. Improving our overall heath routine with whole foods, nutrient dense, colorful fruits and vegetables.
 
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November 3, 2016
Richard Hentschel, Extension Specialist, Green Industry Programming
Last of the garden chores are covered by Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up. Late season vegetable gardens should be about done right now so go ahead and clean up the debris. Adding composts to the soil is a good thing to do this time of year. Lawns should also be about done by now so after the last mowing, be sure to clean the underside of the deck, add fuel conditioner and run the mower for long enough to warm the engine and get conditioner through the carburetor. Store used pesticides safely. Remember to remove the garden hose from the frost free spigot or it won't be frost free and could freeze and burst.
 
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October 13, 2016

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up discusses fall tree planting. Tree selection is key to a tree being able to grow to maturity and last our lifetime. Considerations should be mature size, the kind of shade the tree will provide and now consider diversity. The more diversity we have, the lessening the catch of a future outbreak like what happened with our Ash trees. Planting is another part of helping the year establish. The planting hole and depth of planting is critical. Another area is that of girdling roots which can be a problem for both balled and burlapped and container grown plants.

 
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October 6, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel catches us up on what is going on out in the home landscape. Lawns have enjoyed the rains and cooler weather and are vigorously growing and will need to be mowed for some weeks yet. Broad leaf weeds may need to treated if populations are high. Gardens should be regular harvested, especially the cooler season vegetables that will tolerate cold temperatures. Mulching the leaves into the lawn and mow and bag and apply the chopped up leaves into the garden or flower beds to increase organic matter content. Don't forget the need to bring the houseplants indoors before frosty temperatures

 
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September 22, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses the 2016 farm crops with Russ Higgins. Richard talks with Russ about this year's harvest season. Crop yields are certainly hitting earlier expectations. Record yields along with record weed growth means harvest is taking a bit longer. There is more grain to move, more of the corn plant and weeds need to move through the combine and that typically means travel speeds across the fields has to be reduced. Following harvest, depending on the crop management system, fields will be left covered with crop residue. Other fields will be tilled leaving some residue on the surface.

 
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September 8, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses the 2016 farm crops with Russ Higgins. Russ details more on how and when pollination occurs with field corn. Corn has both male and female flowers, but not together. The tassels (male flowers) appear on the top of the corn plant with the female flowers in the ear and pollination takes place by a pollen grain traveling down the silk into the ear. Corn is wind pollinated

 
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