winter en Harsh winter kills Iowa honeybees <p>Honeybees may be among the many victims of this winter's extended stretches of extreme cold. The State Department of Agriculture's Apiarist, Andrew Joseph says annual winter losses among U.S. beekeepers run about 30 percent. Iowa's losses are likely to be 60 to 65 percent. He says bees that are in good shape can survive a very harsh winter, but those that have been weakened by pesticides or parasites&nbsp;are not likely to survive until spring. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:38:10 +0000 Pat Blank 37578 at Harsh winter kills Iowa honeybees Long, Hard Winter <p>This past winter is the state's harshest winter in decades.&nbsp; Wildlife biologist Jim Pease talks with host Charity Nebbe about the negative and positive effects of this long, hard winter on Iowa's wildlife.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:08:48 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 37398 at Long, Hard Winter Preparing for Winter <p>The snow that fell over most of the state early this week was a strong reminder that it’s time to put the garden to bed. Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day! Host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulturists Richard Jauron and Aaron Steil about preparing your yard and garden for winter.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:19:29 +0000 Charity Nebbe 32194 at Preparing for Winter Winter Weather & Callie Crossley On Talking Openly About Race <p>Even though Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, don’t bet old man winter is done with us just yet. Today on River to River, we talk about the winter storms we’ve had this year… and if there’s been progress towards drought recovery. Also, journalist Callie Crossley joins our conversation to talk about race relations in the U.S. and where there’s room for improvement.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:57:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer 17227 at Winter Weather & Callie Crossley On Talking Openly About Race Wildlife Day: Life Under and in the Snow <p>When snow covers the ground the world looks as if it is sleeping under a blanket of white, but life does go on. Wildlife biologist <a href="" target="_blank">Jim Pease</a> joins Charity Nebbe to discuss life under and in the snow and&nbsp; how that white stuff benefits the burrowers, the hibernators, and other birds and mammals.&nbsp;</p><p>Pease also discusses how snow is an insulator and a boon to wildlife for keeping warm and how even some amphibians benefit from the snow.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:09:32 +0000 Charity Nebbe 13008 at Wildlife Day: Life Under and in the Snow Horticulture Day: Christmas Trees <p>Every December tens of thousands of seemingly sensible Iowans buy a cut tree and bring it into the house. On Horticulture Day Charity Nebbe talks with forester Mark Vitosh about Christmas trees, how they’re grown, how to pick a good one, how to keep it fresh and how our Christmas tree crop was affected by the drought.</p><p>Horticulturist Richard Jauron then joins the conversation to answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:17:35 +0000 Charity Nebbe 11435 at Horticulture Day: Christmas Trees Protecting Plants Through The Winter <p>We just spent the summer trying to keep our plants alive through the drought, now it’s time to think about how to keep them alive through the winter. Charity Nebbe talks with horticulturist Richard Jauron and Aaron Stile of Reiman Gardens to talk about protecting your plants from cold and critters and answer your questions.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:19:01 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10533 at Protecting Plants Through The Winter Home Improvement: Winterizing Your Home <p>The windows are shut and the furnace has been running. It’s time to make sure your home is ready for winter. Our home improvement expert Bill McAnally talks about winterizing your home and how to get the best value if you need to make a big investment in a new furnace or insulation.</p><p></p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:18:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10011 at Home Improvement: Winterizing Your Home