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Crop Yields, Prices & Exports

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

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Russ Higgins, commercial agriculture educator, calls-in to talk with host Richard Hentschel about how the record yields over the last three years will be used domestically and worldwide. Current prices have shifted from the demand side to a supply side, keeping prices stable. Exports can be the grain itself or a byproduct of domestic grain use, such as ethanol. Russ also talks about future uses for the grain itself and potential new products.


Winter Wheat & Dicamba Soybeans

Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

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Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, continues a 3-part phone interview with Russ Higgins, Commercial Agriculture Educator, and discusses how the winter wheat crop is fairing in all this cold weather. Russ and Richard also talk about how the 2017 harvest went and how much fall tillage and fertilizer applications happened. Russ noted the concerns in agriculture over this seasons use of Dicamba on herbicide tolerant soybeans.


Weather and Farming

Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

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During a call-in interview, host Richard Hentschel and Commercial Agriculture Educator Russ Higgins discuss how the 2017 growing season went for farmers, especially with the strange weather pattern this summer. The pair also tackles how corn and soybean yields faired, and Russ touches on livestock management during this very cold weather.


Gardening Resolutions

Posted: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

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Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks about making some gardening resolutions for 2018 and how easy some of them can be to check off the list. Don't just say "I am going to make the landscape better in 2018." Put down some specific things you would like to improve. Maybe it's how the lawn looks, putting in a cutting garden, starting the vegetable garden early or gardening late into the season? Perhaps you want to take a class or visit a conservatory this winter? Make those resolutions and put them were you can see them often!


Houseplant Care for Winter

Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

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Host Richard Hentschel discusses winter care of our houseplants long after the holiday gift plants are gone. Houseplants that need a lot of light will get loose and leggy while stretching towards the light during the cloudy short days of winter. Watering can be a challenge as many of our houseplants are not actively growing. Good drainage and using the same soil mix can help us manage the water easier


Energy Conservation

Posted: Monday, December 18, 2017 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

In this podcast Extension Educator Jay Solomon explains how the Christmas season is an excellent time to take stock of our energy use, and ways to save.


Ep. 2 - Japanese Beetles

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | podcast: Green Speak

This year was particularly bad when it came to Japanese beetles. During the episode, Chris talks with horticulture educator Ken Johnson to learn more about Japanese beetles, and what we can do to protect our plants.


Winter Tasks and Reminders

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

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Horticulture Educator and GSU Host Richard Hentschel provides some quick reviews and reminders on bird feeding, firewood management, mulching tender perennials, protecting thinned bark trees and more.


Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

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Horticulture Educator Richard Hentschel talks gifts for the gardener in the family. Tools are always welcome, especially those that have multiple uses. Other kinds of supplies also make good gifts, perhaps bags of soil amendment, fertilizers, or a new, larger diameter garden hose to replace an older cracked or leaking hose.


Christmas Trees Support the Environment

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

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Host Richard Hentschel discussed some interesting facts regarding the impacts of our Christmas Tree industry across the country. Christmas trees are very much sustainable and add to the environment in a many ways.


Episode 1! - Nature from Youth to Career

Posted: Monday, December 4, 2017 | podcast: Green Speak

How do experiences in nature from our youth impact our current day decisions? Horticulture educator Chris Enroth and family life educator Cara Allen sit down to discuss why they chose the careers and lifestyle choices today.

This is the first episode of a continuing series to explore every facet of horticulture, ecology, and design.


Switching Gears - Mower to Snowblower

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

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Horticulture Educator Richard Hentschel talks about those late November outdoor gardening activities like the last mowing and leaf cleanup. He gives tips on getting the lawn mower put to bed and the snow blower ready for service. Predictions are for more snow and volatile winter temperatures so being ready is a good thing.