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Cranky About Crabgrass

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Do you have crabgrass where you always do? Do you have crabgrass where you have never seen it before? You are not alone this year. Chalk this up to our weather patterns this season. Host Richard Hentschel talks crabgrass, goosegrass and how they impact your lawn.


Beetles, Grubs and Lawns

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel talks about the Japanese and Masked Chafer beetles and the potential need to manage these insects in the home lawn. While the numbers are up, egg laying and grub feeding is widely distributed so actual damage may be low to the home lawn. Richard talks about the threshold levels that will cause damage.


Evidence Based Diets

Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Nutrition & Wellness Educator Laura Barr talks with Green Side Up Host Richard Hentschel about evidenced based diets, or eating plans, and Americans' health. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America. You can promote body health from the inside out with proper food choices, including 8 to 12 servings a day of vegetables and fruits.


Preserving Garden Produce

Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

U of I Extension Educators Richard Hentschel and Laura Barr continue to talk about using the best garden produce to preserve as you prepare to water bath, pressure can or freeze your excess fresh vegetables and fruits. Barr talks about blanching before freezing, how not all fruits are created equal when it comes to blanching, and that freezers should be from zero to minus 10 degress.


Preserving Garden Produce

Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Nutrition & Wellness Educator Laura Barr once again joins Host Richard Hentschel as they discuss extra produce out of the garden and how best to preserve what cannot be quickly eaten. Barr talks about freezing, water bath and pressure canning methods and the reasons we treat high- and low-acid foods differently.


Summer Food Safety

Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard Hentschel talks with U of I Extension's Laura Barr about basic summer food safety and concerns with youth, immune compromised and older adults. Often talked about "danger zones" are storage temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees, where pathogens can grow very quickly. Extra care should be given to milk and meats. Barr also shares information about "charred" food and potential risks.


Vegetable Gardens and Healthy Eating

Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel talks with U of I Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator Laura Barr about why we grow our own food. Folks that grow that garden are much more likely to eat and try vegetables. Once that garden starts producing, how to use all that fresh produce and preserving for later use are common questions coming to Extension. They pair discusses eating fresh out of the garden and how to safely store them as well. If pesticides are a concern, gardeners know what they used or did not use, something not always known from produce from other sources.


Environmental Science for students

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

In this podcast Extension Educator Duane Friend talks about web sites from University of Illinois Extension that introduce students to Environmental Science.


Leafhoppers and Yellow Nutsedge

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Extension Educator Richard Hentschel covers information about leafhoppers on a wide range of trees in the landscape and natural areas, and how they distort and damage annual growth. Also covered is yellow nutsedge, which is appearing in the lawn flower beds and vegetable beds due to the higher moisture levels in the soil this year.


Common Diseases this Year

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, discusses some pretty common diseases in the landscape and home orchard. Black spot of roses has been very evident and everywhere with our weather pattern this year. Peach leaf curl on peaches looks like blisters on the leaves and gets started at the very earliest stage of bud break.


"Out in the Garden" Chores

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel discussed several "out in the garden" chores that could be done starting with the removal of spent bulb foliage and continued spraying of fruit trees in the home orchard. Other points covered include lawns, and differences between foliage diseases and chewing insect feeding in the landscape.


Growing Degree Days

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel talks about the impacts of our above normal collection of Growing Degree Days on insect development and uses the Viburnum Leaf Beetle as a typical example. Viburnum Leaf Beetle arrived from Europe some years back and has been a pest in Northeast for several years. More recently, the beetle has been found in Chicagoland. Both larvae and adults of the Viburnum Leaf Beetle cause damage by their feeding and egg laying habits.


Spring Diseases

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel discusses several updates to spring disease spread and insects that are ahead of schedule. Cedar Apple Rust is done putting spores into the air. Pine sawfly and other sawfly larvae are out and have been feeding. Another newer insect is the Viburnum Leaf Beetle. Also noted has been the thinner foliage on certain maples.


Butterflies in Illinois

Posted: Thursday, July 6, 2017 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

Extension Educator Jason Haupt explains the importance of plant selection for butterfly survival.