March 21, 2013
Host Richard Hentschel interviews Russ Higgins, Commercial Agriculture Educator about getting ready to grow crops from the commercial agriculture perspective. Farmers, just like gardeners are concerned about our late frosts and light freezes. Much of our seed corn is produced in South America during our winters and will be returned for our Spring planting. Just like gardeners, farmers are going plant crops based on hardiness and the ability sprout and grow in cold through warmer soil temperatures.
March 14, 2013
Host Richard Hentschel interviews Russ Higgins, Commercial Agriculture Educator about how our insects have been overwintering and some of those that have already appeared. Insects adults will be the first to show up. Insects show up based on warming weather. Box Elder, lady bugs and bean leaf beetles can be some the earliest. Richard and Russ also talk about the Japanese Beetles and where in the state they are really troublesome.
March 7, 2013
Host Richard Hentschel talks with Russ Higgins Commercial Agriculture Educator about the 2012 drought and expectations in 2013. Russ discusses soil moisture in 2012 throughout the state and Northern Illinois. Upper profile soil moisture is being replaced with a greater concern about the amount of water in the lower or deeper soil profile. Future forecasts are indicating the worse will be west of the Mississippi and gardeners and farmers alike will be watching how much water we get this spring