University of Illinois Extension
January 11, 2018
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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.

 
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January 4, 2018
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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.

 
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December 28, 2017
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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!

 
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December 21, 2017
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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

 
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December 14, 2017
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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.

 
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December 7, 2017
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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.

 
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November 30, 2017
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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.

 
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November 22, 2017
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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.

 
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November 16, 2017
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Picking the not so perfect holiday tree may not be so bad. GSU Host Richard Hentschel shares tips for picking the family holiday tree and for handling it. Plus, he shares how to help it last once it is indoors.

 
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November 9, 2017
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U of I Extension's Richard Hentschel discusses two different topics this week: Fireplace safety and Houseplants. The indoor fireplace means following some simple guidelines before enjoying the wood as it burns. Getting the fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned to avoid chimney fires this season is important. Also, by now, you may be noticing changes to the houseplants you have brought in from outdoors. Signs are clear, like a loss of foliage or a slowdown of growth, and may require a modified watering program. Using the same kind of media and containers can help manage how much and how often you water.

 
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