Horticulture

Horticulture
12:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Caring for Holiday Houseplants

Poinsettia blooms
Wikimedia Commons

Poinsettia are beautiful holiday plants, but if you’re given one as a host or hostess or pick up one in the store, how do you care for it after the holidays?  

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Horticulture
5:13 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Preserving the Nests of Bald-Faced Hornets

Monika Schnell IPR Listener, Iowa City

If you look closely at the trees right now, you can see things previous hidden, like the nests of bald-faced hornets.

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Hort Day
2:11 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Hort Gang: History in the Trees

There's a great deal of history to be found on most university campuses--but not just in the buildings and the libraries.

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Horticulture
2:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Late Fall Tasks in the Garden

gourds
Wikimedia Commons

Have you started getting your garden ready for winter? 

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Horticulture Day
3:09 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Autumn Plant Harvest: Pumpkins, Squashes, and Gourds

Usually Melancholy / flickr

They are easy to grow, decorative and delicious.

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Horticulture
12:58 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Organics Growing in Iowa

an organic vegetable garden
Wikimedia Commons

Demand for organic produce in Iowa is growing.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
1:51 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Caustic Cucumbers

Wild and burr cucumber varieties are having a very good year.
Credit Courtesy photo

Along with Iowa' s more traditional crops, two species of cucumber vines are having a bumper year.  You won't find them at the farmer's market though, because they're weeds. The light green vines can grow as long as 30 feet and will coil around anything they touch. They've been showing up in windbreaks in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Iowa State University Agronomy professor Bob Hartzler says the vines are very aggressive and will return year after year.

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Horticulture
3:23 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Decomposition, an Important Process We'd Rather Not Think About

decaying leaves
Wikimedia Commons

We give insects credit for pollination, but we often take their other work for granted. 

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Horticulture Day
11:28 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Fall Color Accents For Your Yard and Garden

gabontour / flickr

Over the next few weeks the green in our fields will turn to gold and the leaves on the trees will begin to change.

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Soil Erosion
4:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Combating Climate Change Through Soil Science

Much of Iowa's soil is eroded due to certain farming practices
Lynn Betts Wikimedia Commons

Iowa is nestled in the center of America’s breadbasket; one of our most precious resources is beneath our feet. But it’s a resource in jeopardy.

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Horticulture
11:22 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Shabby Looking Lawn?

Wikimedia Commons

How does your lawn look?  If the answer is, “not so good,” now is the time to do something about it.

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Horticulture
11:38 am
Fri August 8, 2014

The Best Time to Plant Trees: Late Summer

oak trees
Wikimedia Commons

If you've been looking at your yard this summer thinking "a tree would look great there," now is the time to take action. 

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Horticulture Day
1:53 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Tree Diseases and Other Plant Problems

"Apple tree with fire blight"
Sebastian Stabinger Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

If your tree is looking a little tired with the leaves curling up and falling off, or the needles on your pine turning brown, it could be a disease. 

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Horticulture Day
4:51 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Millions of Mayflies Emerge in Northeast Iowa

On July 20 the National Weather Service picked up what registers as “light-moderate rain” on their radar. It was actually huge swarms of mayflies emanating from the Mississippi River.
National Weather Service/NOAA

This week, thick clouds of millions of mayflies emanated from the Mississippi River in Northeast Iowa.

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Horticulture Day
11:53 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Storing and Preserving your Harvest

A single week's fruits and vegetables from community-supported agriculture share: peppers, okra, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, garlic, eggplant, squash.
Clagett Farm CSA Wikimedia, Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution License

Farmers' markets are hopping, CSA boxes are full to bursting, and gardens all over the state are starting to produce, but sometimes a bumper crop can be hard to handle. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Palmer Amaranth Begins March Through Iowa

In Muscatine County, farmer Roger Hargrafen is doing all he can to eradicate the Palmer amaranth that emerged on his farm last year.
Amy Mayer/IPR

A fast spreading, crop destroying weed may be coming to the farms near you.

Palmer amaranth, which has plagued southern farms for decades, has been marching across the Midwest. It can decimate a crop. It can withstand many common herbicides. And it can cost farmers millions.

Roger Hargrafen, a farmer in Muscatine County, Iowa, is on the front lines in the battle against Palmer amaranth. His is one of four Iowa farms confirmed as having it.

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Horticulture Day
12:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Dandelion Donuts and Mulberry Taffy

Eat your dandelions
Leo Seta under Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0 Flickr

Everyone knows that morel mushrooms are delicious, but our forests and fields hold a lot of other wild delicacies too.

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Horticulture Day
2:38 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Summer Lull for Plants

Nikos Koutoulas

Spring is a riot of blossoms and fall brings with it beautiful changes in color. But in the midst of summer, there can be a bit of a lull.

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Horticulture Day
2:02 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Polar Vortex & Emerald Ash Borer: Tough on Iowa Trees

A section of tree showing the serpentine galleries of the emerald ash borer larvae.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

It continues to be a tough year for trees in Iowa. The Polar Vortex left its mark on many trees and shrubs, and now a tenth county has been added to the list of counties in Iowa where the Emerald Ash Borer has been discovered. That county is Johnson County, and an adult female Emerald Ash Borer was found in Iowa City.

Also, listeners have their plant and garden questions answered by Jeff Iles, Professor and Chair of the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University, and Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist.

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Horticulture Day
12:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Pecans in Iowa? Yes!

Pecan trees being irrigated in New Mexico

Everyone knows you can grow black walnuts in Iowa.  But, there are actually a lot of other nuts we can grow too, and some of them may surprise you.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jeff Jensen of Trees Forever, and Tom Wahl of Red Fern Farm in Wapello about hickory nuts, pecans, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts and more.  Horticulturist Richard Jauron answers non-nut related questions.

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Horticulture Day
12:26 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Annual Battle Against Pond Scum

Iowa Farm Pond
Todd Ehlers

Put heat, light, water and nitrogen together and you get lakes and ponds that are choked with plant growth.  It's Horticulture Day and host, Charity Nebbe, talks with Allen Patillo, Iowa State University Extension Fisheries and Aquaculture Specialist about aquatic plant management.  Later in the hour ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh join the conversation to answer listener questions about plants and trees. 

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:05 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Treated Seeds May Contribute to Honeybee Losses

Cherokee, Iowa farmer Nathan Anderson wears beekeeping gear to protect himself when he opens or closes the pollen traps on the hives on his farm. He’s allowed researchers to place three pairs of hives on his fields.
Amy Mayer/IPR

Nathan Anderson stops his red pick-up truck alongside a cornfield on his farm near Cherokee, Iowa. The young farmer pulls on a heavy brown hoodie, thick long, sturdy yellow gloves and a beekeeper’s hat with a screened veil. He approaches a pair of hives sitting on the edge of a field recently planted with corn.

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Horticulture Day
12:14 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Can't Grow Out? Grow up!

An example of vertical gardening
Craigsypoo Flickr under Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

When you don't have room to build out, you build up.  The same rule applies to gardening.  It's horticulture day and Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Linda Naeve about adding a new dimension to our garden or landscape with vertical gardening, including trellises, stakes, cages, archways and green walls.  Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron joins in to answer listener questions.

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Horticulture Day
11:23 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Passion for Purple Plants

Paul Hudson

Purple foliage, purple flowers and purple fruits and veggies… Horticulturist Cindy Haynes has a passion for purple.

Today on Talk of Iowa, it’s Horticulture Day. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Cindy about purple plants for your landscape and garden. Horticulturist Richard Jauron and Cindy also answer listener questions about all plant and garden needs.

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Agriculture
2:14 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

An Annual $1 Billion Loss From Soil Erosion & What an Iowa Farmer is Doing About It

A storm cell rolls in while Johnson County farmer Jim Sladek is planting corn
Ben Kieffer

The spring planting season is upon us and farmers are racing to get crops in the ground.

So yesterday morning, host Ben Kieffer hopped aboard a tractor with Jim Sladek, of JCS Family Farms in Johnson County, to get his perspective on the start of a new season and the challenges he faces, including soil erosion. Jim also demonstrated the amazing amount of technology that can be used in farming today.

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Horticulture Day
11:47 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Cicadas are Coming!

Seventeen Year Periodical Cicada
Dendroica curulea

They've been waiting in the ground for 17 years, but the wait is almost over.  In just a few short weeks, a large brood of 17 year cicadas will emerge in 46 counties in Iowa.  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Entomologist Donald Lewis about what to expect and how these remarkable and long-lived insects survive.

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Horticulture Day
12:08 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Plant a Tree!

Small Boy, Big Trees
Bianca de Blok

It's Arbor Day and in Iowa the Emerald Ash Borer has a lot of people thinking about diversifying the trees in their landscape.  On this "Horticulture Day" edition of Talk of Iowa Charity Nebbe talks with DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh about the work being done at Iowa's State Forest Nursery and how to pick the right tree to plant in your landscape.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
5:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Unlocking Prairie Secrets from a Sod House

Researchers prepare to take down a section of a sod house in Gates, Neb., in order to study the bricks made of dirt.
Credit Jackie Sojico/for Harvest Public Media

 

Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19th century. To do that, they’re working with a team of archaeologists and historians dissecting a sod house, a house built out of bricks cut from dirt.

Larry Estes has had a sod house in his backyard in Gates, Neb., for as long as he can remember. He never really thought anything about it until a year ago when a repairman asked him about it.

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River to River
3:24 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The End of Session and Soil Conditions

Though it's difficult to say when the 2014 legislative term will end, lawmakers' per diem will run out on May 22.
John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowa Public Radio statehouse correspondent Joyce Russell about developments surrounding the confidential settlements within Governor Branstad's administration and the end of the legislative session.

Also, planting season is right around the corner. Iowa State University agronomist and ISU Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor discusses soil conditions throughout Iowa.

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Horticulture Day
11:16 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Spring Lawn Care

Guneet Narula

The grass is finally starting to get green… or maybe your lawn isn’t following suit.

Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Ryan Adams, Iowa State University Extension turf grass specialist, about springtime lawn care. He and horticulturist Richard Jauron answer questions about your lawn, garden and landscape.

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