University of Illinois Extension
April 3, 2014

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks with Russ Higgins, Agriculture Educator about a cover crop study going on the Northern Illinois Research Farm. Russ notes that while gardeners and farmers alike are growing annual crops. Part of any year, that soil is not growing anything and there is the opportunity to try cover crops. Russ suggested gardeners could try oats. Richard also suggested fall for cover crops, as we seem to conclude gardening as school begins.

March 27, 2014

Richard Hentschel discusses how early farmers and gardeners are going to get to plant corn, beans and our vegetables with Russ Higgins, Ag Educator from the Northern Illinois Research Farm. Typically planting is the mid to the third week of April. Richard reminded listeners that those seed packets give us all the information needed to get our plants and seed in the ground, how deep and how far apart for example. Russ reminded us about being patient and making sure plants get off to a good start.

March 27, 2014

Richard Hentschel discusses how early farmers and gardeners are going to get to plant corn, beans and our vegetables with Russ Higgins, Ag Educator from the Northern Illinois Research Farm. Typically planting is the mid to the third week of April. Richard reminded listeners that those seed packets give us all the information needed to get our plants and seed in the ground, how deep and how far apart for example. Russ reminded us about being patient and making sure plants get off to a good start.

March 20, 2014

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks with Russ Higgins, Agriculture Educator, about what insects are up to this time of year out there in the Farms of Northern Illinois. Russ discussed how deep the frost was and did it impact overwintering insects. In corn the concern will be the western corn rootworm beetle that overwinters as an egg and will survive quite well. Others will show up with winds during storms. Richard mentioned Japanese larvae that overwinter about 12 inches or so in the soil profile could be impacted by the cold soils and the Japanese Beetle larvae overwintering under the bark will not be impacted much at all.

March 20, 2014

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks with Russ Higgins, Agriculture Educator, about what insects are up to this time of year out there in the Farms of Northern Illinois. Russ discussed how deep the frost was and did it impact overwintering insects. In corn the concern will be the western corn rootworm beetle that overwinters as an egg and will survive quite well. Others will show up with winds during storms. Richard mentioned Japanese larvae that overwinter about 12 inches or so in the soil profile could be impacted by the cold soils and the Japanese Beetle larvae overwintering under the bark will not be impacted much at all.

March 20, 2014

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks with Russ Higgins, Agriculture Educator, about what insects are up to this time of year out there in the Farms of Northern Illinois. Russ discussed how deep the frost was and did it impact overwintering insects. In corn the concern will be the western corn rootworm beetle that overwinters as an egg and will survive quite well. Others will show up with winds during storms. Richard mentioned Japanese larvae that overwinter about 12 inches or so in the soil profile could be impacted by the cold soils and the Japanese Beetle larvae overwintering under the bark will not be impacted much at all.

January 2, 2014

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up talks with Ellen Phillips about locally available programing benefiting growers or those who might consider getting into local farming. Ellen mentions events in January and February. The February event is about connecting farmers with buyers. Richard and Ellen also talk about how soil is so important to not just the local grower, but each of use as a home grower. Ellen talks about how the soil we grow in is very much alive and what we can do to ensure that the "soil system" is working well. Ellen also cautions that beside the usual soil tests, but to be sure your garden soil is tested for heavy metals, especially lead.

 
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August 1, 2013

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, interviews Russ Higgins from the Northern Illinois Agriculture Research Center about insects and diseases for the farmer. Insects and diseases impact the farmer and the homeowner alike. Western Corn Rootworm for example can damage both the roots and then the silks on the ear. Once the corn is done silking the bug moves into home gardeners and loves to eat the cucurbits. One invasive species is the soybean aphids which so far is not very predictable as to when it will show up. The aphid has a favorite predator, the multi colored Asian Lady Beetle. Another troublesome insect is the Potato leafhopper in alfalfa. This lowers the quality of the crop at harvest.

Russ quickly noted Fungicides have been applied this season to corn and other crops to prevent diseases that can lessen the yield.

 
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May 23, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel talks about lawn care and some easy things we can do to change the appearance and performance of the home lawn. Height of cut and frequency of mowing are two easy ways to make our lawn look better. A slightly taller lawn will conserve more moisture, be more tolerance of stresses and recover quicker. Richard also discusses the differences of mulching mowers and side discharge and bagger mowers.

 
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July 20, 2010
Greg Stack

Extension educator Greg Stack demonstrates how different plant types can be used in container garden groupings.