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.
This spring, FredaÂ SojkaÂ says there's only one way to describe her business: busy.Â
She's the brains behind the bug repellent "Bug Soother,"Â that hasÂ become overwhelmingly popular over the last few years in Iowa. She says she discovered the recipe for the repellent by accident. â€śMy grandson was at my house, and I didnâ€™t want to put anything on him with DEETÂ in it. I threw a few things together, and it worked.â€ť
They float, swarm, harass and irritate, and they can even take down a chicken or a turkey. The gnats are back. But when we complain about â€śgnats,â€ťÂ Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis says, sometimes we might be misplacing blame.Â
"Saying you are annoyed by a gnat is like saying you were passed on the interstate by a vehicleâ€¦ Itâ€™s a two mile wide term. Ask yourself â€“ are the bugs bothering you or are they biting you?â€ť
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 beekeeperâ€™s hat with a screened veil. He approaches a pair of hives sitting on the edge of a field recently planted with corn.
They've been waiting in the ground for 17 years, but the wait is almost over.Â In just a few short weeks, a large brood of 17 year cicadas will emerge in 46 counties in Iowa.Â Host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University Entomologist Donald Lewis about what to expect and how these remarkable and long-lived insects survive.
It's Arbor Day and in Iowa the Emerald Ash Borer has a lot of people thinking about diversifying the trees in their landscape. Â On this "Horticulture Day" edition of Talk of IowaÂ 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.
This past winter was particularly harsh on Iowa's honeybees.Â Experts estimate that 65-70 percent of Iowa's honeybee colonies didn't survive.Â Iowa State University Extension entomologist Donald Lewis talks with host Charity Nebbe about the plight of honeybees as well as pesticides that may pose a further risk to the state's pollinators.
It sounds like the title of a horror movie, but the people who attended the â€śDay of Insectsâ€ť have an appreciation for the six-legged creatures that we share our lives with. One specimen in particular, caught the attention of Iowa Public Radioâ€™s Rick Fredericksen.
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 parasitesÂ are not likely to survive until spring.
Join Talk of Iowa for a talk with Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He saysÂ â€śWe need to change the way we interact with nature; it should not be segregated,â€ť and that living with nature can be very rewarding.Â Tallamy says that Americans use plants that areÂ mostly from AsiaÂ as decorations. Â The result is a reduced biodiversity in the places we live, work, and farm. Â Hear from TallamyÂ about how we can connect habitats by reinstalling native plants.
Horticulture day returns to its weekly schedule, a sure sign of spring!Â Host Charity Nebbe talks with Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis about the likely impact of colder than usual temperatures on Iowa's insect population.Â The answer:Â "not much."Â Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron talks about the timely tasks that need doing in your garden.
Gardeners and growers depend on the free labor of pollinators to produce fruits and vegetables. One of our most important pollinators, the honey bee, is in trouble world wide. This hour, new research gives us an insight as to why.
Two enormous ash treesÂ are record holders on the front line of the Emerald Ash Borer in eastern Iowa:Â the state's largest known white ash, in Fort Madison, and the biggest black ash in the nation, south of McGregor. Medical treatment may be on the way for the national champion black ash.Â
Join Host Charity NebbeÂ for a talk about insects withÂ Donald Lewis, Iowa State University Extension Entomologist. Â He andÂ Iowa State University Extension HorticulturistÂ RichardÂ JauronÂ answer your lawn and garden questions.
A flock of monarch butterflies gathering together for the migration south can be a truly magical sight, but it's a sight that has become less and less common in Iowa. This hour, host Charity Nebbe finds out what has happened to those beautiful flocks on Monarch Butterflies. We talk about the pressures that have resulted in the smallest population of Monarchs ever recorded.
Today's guests include: Iowa State University Extension entomologist, Donald Lewis, and Iowa State University Extension horticulturist, Richard Jauron.
The Emerald Ash Borer is in Iowa and a number of communities have already started cutting town ash trees in an effort to get ahead of the invasion.Â Â Host Charity Nebbe, Mark Shour of ISU Extension Pest Management and horticulturist Richard Jauron discuss options for ash tree o
Many of the sounds of summer are the sounds of insects. Â Join host Charity NebbeÂ for a talk with ISUÂ Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis for a discussion about what insects are actually doing with that noise. ISU Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron will also be here to answer your lawn and garden questions.
The Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Burlington this week. Â For Horticulture Day, Forester Mark Vitosh will be here to talk about the Emerald Ash Borer and Community Tree Inventories.Â Horticulturist Linda Naeve will also be here and she and Mark will answer your questions.
The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading through Iowa. Â It has now been found in Burlington. Â Hear how the insect spreads and what is being done about it. Â New rules are in effect for boaters on Iowa's waterways aimed at preventing the spread of invasive plants and animals.
Also, in the second half of the program, we talk about a Cuban baseball player that defected to the U.S. while in Des Moines. Â And we wrap up the hour with a discussion about the weather and how Iowa's crops are reacting.
The annual Japanese Beetle invasion is here. Â Join host Charity Nebbe and Entomologist Donald Lewis to hear where the beetles came from, how long weâ€™ll have to put up with them this year, and how you can combat them. Â Horticulturist Richard Jauron will also be here and he and Donald will answer your questions.Â
On Sunday many mothers will be recognized with flowers, cards and attention from their loved ones, but there is a whole classification of mothers who really get very little respect.Â Today on Talk of Iowa itâ€™s Horticulture Day.Â Host Charity Nebbe speaks with entomologist Donald Lewis, who will give some overdue recognition to the mothers in the insect world. He and Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.
We sing songs about the itsy-bitsy spider, wish we could be a fly on the wall, and we root for Spiderman. Entomologist Donald Lewis joins this edition of Talk of Iowa.Â We talk about insects in literature, pop culture and in our every day lives. He and horticulturist Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.
Weâ€™ve just come through another blizzard, but there are spring-like temperatures in the forecast. Â If youâ€™re going to start your own seeds, youâ€™d better get going!Â Â Weâ€™ll talk about starting seeds and the earliest insects to emerge when the weather warms up with ISUÂ Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and ISUÂ Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron.
Have you ever been snuggled up with a kid, reading a cute book and run across a glaring factual error? It was just that experience that inspiredÂ two moms to create scientifically accurate books for kids. Charity Nebbe talks with the women behind the â€śBudding Biologistâ€ť series, and about fact checking books for kids.