Month: September 2013

Building Healthy Habits Starts Early
"The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat can influence your life by 30 to 50 years" ~ Deepak Chopra (Photo in the Public Domain from the National Institutes of Health)

“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat can influence your life by 30 to 50 years” ~ Deepak Chopra (Photo in the Public Domain from the National Institutes of Health)

Just like bathing and teeth brushing, healthy eating habits are the foundation for a healthy life. When toddlers and preschoolers are served nourishing, wholesome foods, they are more likely to eat these foods as they get older. That’s the goal of the Missouri Eat Smart Child Care initiative. This partnership between University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services provides early childhood educators with the tools and information they need to introduce healthy habits to young children.

Today’s guests are Robin Gammon, University of Missouri Extension’s registered dietitian, Susan Mills-Gray…nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension and Shelley Gifford… director of the Little Einstein’s Learning Center in Blue Springs, Missouri.

 

Missouri Eat Smart Child Care Initiative

Lawns Need Proper Management During the Tough Times to Stay Healthy and Disease-Free
Hyphae of Rhizoctonia solani with right-angled branching pattern. J. Thompson photo.

Hyphae of Rhizoctonia solani with right-angled branching pattern. J. Thompson photo.

Your once beautiful lawn is suddenly sprinkled with unsightly patches of brown grass. Does it need water? Does it need fertilizer? In many cases it needs neither. You could be looking at a fungal disease: large patch in zoysiagrass or brown patch on tall fescue.

Today’s guest is Lee Miller, associate professor of plant sciences for University of Missouri Extension. He talks about the latest research for controlling large patch and brown patch. He also has tips to help homeowners keep their lawn healthy so it doesn’t fall victim to these diseases.

 

 

Identification and Management of Turfgrass Diseases – Brown Patch

identification and Management of Turfgrass Diseases – Large Patch

Rip-Off Artists Use Affordable Care Act to Get Personal Information

Scammers and con artists will always try to separate you from you money. They use all types of tricks and trades to rip you off. Now, the Affordable Care Act is a new tool in their arsenal. Today’s Guest is Brenda Procter, associate professor of consumer and family economics for University of Missouri Extension. She talks about things you can do to protect yourself and your money.

Drought Records Set for Part of Missouri in August
Accumulated precipitation as of September 6, 2013. Graphic by Pat Guinan and the Missouri Climate Center

Accumulated precipitation for August 2013. Graphic by Pat Guinan and the Missouri Climate Center

Missouri’s weather in August was full of ups-and-downs. Parts of the state saw little-to-no rain, while other regions in the Show-Me state had much more rain than they needed. Temperatures for the month ran less than normal despite a heat wave in late August. Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program. He explains August’s “roller coaster ride” weather.

 

 

Missouri Climate Center

StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative Comes to the University of Missouri’s Columbia Campus
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” ~ Author, G.K. Chesterton (Photo by Marc Wathieu)

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” ~ Author, G.K. Chesterton (Photo by Marc Wathieu)

StoryCorp, a national oral history project, will celebrate their ten year anniversary in October. SC’s Military Voices Initiative is working to share the stories of post 9/11 veterans, active-duty personnel and their families to increase the understanding of what it means to be in military. On September 11-13, StoryCorps will be in Columbia, Missouri recording the voices of men and women who have served our country.

 

 

MU Extension Community Arts

StoryCorps

StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative

Destructive Fruit Fly Invades Missouri
Serrated ovipositor on a female spotted wing drosophila (photo by Martin Hauser)

Serrated ovipositor on a female spotted wing drosophila (photo by Martin Hauser)

A fruit fly that can slice open berries and peaches, deposit eggs and destroy the fruit from the inside-out. Sounds like the stuff of nightmares, but this is all too real. The spotted wing drosophila, which has already wreaked havoc  in the west and the east, has now moved to the Midwest.

Today’s guests are Bruce Barrett, entomologist for University of Missouri Extension, and Brad Fresenburg, an MU Extension plant scientist.

 

 

Integrated Pest Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila