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.
This past winter is the state's harshest winter in decades.Â Wildlife biologist Jim Pease talks with host Charity Nebbe about the negative and positive effects of this long, hard winter on Iowa's wildlife.
The snow that fell over most of the state early this week was a strong reminder that itâ€™s time to put the garden to bed. Today on Talk of Iowa, itâ€™s Horticulture Day! Host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulturists Richard Jauron and Aaron Steil about preparing your yard and garden for winter.
Even though Punxsutawney Phil didnâ€™t see his shadow, donâ€™t bet old man winter is done with us just yet. Today on River to River, we talk about the winter storms weâ€™ve had this yearâ€¦ and if thereâ€™s been progress towards drought recovery. Also, journalist Callie Crossley joins our conversation to talk about race relations in the U.S. and where thereâ€™s room for improvement.
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 Jim Pease joins Charity Nebbe to discuss life under and in the snow andÂ how that white stuff benefits the burrowers, the hibernators, and other birds and mammals.Â
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.
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 theyâ€™re grown, how to pick a good one, how to keep it fresh and how our Christmas tree crop was affected by the drought.
Horticulturist Richard Jauron then joins the conversation to answer listener questions about the plants in their lives.
We just spent the summer trying to keep our plants alive through the drought, now itâ€™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.
The windows are shut and the furnace has been running. Itâ€™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.