Nov 072014
 

Heavy rains in early October took care of drought in most of the state

Heavy rains in early October took care of drought in most of the state

A lot of rain fell on the Show-Me State in October. It delayed the harvest, eliminated statewide drought and set an all time record.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.

 

 

Visit Missouri Climate Center

"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile." William Cullen Bryant, an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post (Photo by Grethe Boe)

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant, an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post (Photo by Grethe Boe)

 Posted by on November 7, 2014 at 7:53 pm
Oct 092014
 

Food preparation in the MUNCH metabolic kitchen (Photo by Kent Faddis)

Food preparation in the MUNCH metabolic kitchen (Photo by Kent Faddis)

The MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) and the MU Physical Activity and Wellness Center (PAW) opened on the University of Missouri, Columbia campus, this year. These state-of-the-art labs are joint projects of Mizzou’s Collage of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) MU’s College of Human Environmental Science (HES) and the MU School of Medicine. Built and organized with collaboration in mind, this research hub can tackle complex health problems, like obesity, with a holistic approach.

Today’s guests are Christopher Hardin, director of the MUNCH and PAW labs, Ingolf Gruen, food scientist with CAFNR and Heather Leidy, a nutrition and exercise physiology research for the University of Missouri.

 

Preparation for an exercise stress test at the PAW center (Photo by Kent Faddis)

Preparation for an exercise stress test at the PAW center (Photo by Kent Faddis)

 

Cooking Up Solutions

MU Nutritional Center for Health

Cooking an Obesity Cure

 Posted by on October 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm
Oct 082014
 

Supercell thunderstorm in Atchison County, Missouri, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Clinton Dougherty)

Supercell thunderstorm in Atchison County, Missouri, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Clinton Dougherty)

Tons of rain hit parts of the Show-Me State and record-setting low visited Kansas City, Missouri.

Today’s guest is Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program.

 

 

Visit The Missouri Climate Center

Northern Holt County, Missouri after 7 inches of rain fell in 1 hour, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Bill Metzgar)

Northern Holt County, Missouri after 7 inches of rain fell in 1 hour, September 9, 2014 (Photo by Bill Metzgar)

 Posted by on October 8, 2014 at 9:22 pm
Sep 252014
 

"But make no mistake: the weeds will win; nature bats last" ~ Robert M. Pyle, lepidopterist and author (Photo by Debbie Johnson)

“But make no mistake: the weeds will win; nature bats last” ~ Robert M. Pyle, lepidopterist and author (Photo by Debbie Johnson)

Weeds, brush and overgrown trees aren’t just an eyesore for railroads. Out of control vegetation can reduce visibility for train operators and vehicles or pedestrians trying to cross the tracks.

Because this is a safety issue, railroad companies must keep weeds under control. That’s not as easy as it sounds and it can be pretty pricey. A weed scientist with the University of Missouri, works with railroads, testing experimental chemical mixtures and labeled products, searching for the most effective controls for the least amount of money.

 

 

Featured:

Reid Smeda, weed scientist for University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Shane Riley, maintenance engineer for the Columbia Terminal railroad, or COLT

Photo by Debbie Johnson

Photo by Debbie Johnson

 Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm
Sep 092014
 

"A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier's office" ~ author Francis O'Walsh

“A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier’s office” ~ author Francis O’Walsh

Choosing the right health care plan can have a huge impact on our physical and financial health.  That’s why it’s important to understand terms, fees and out-of-pocket expenses when choosing group medical insurance.

Today’s guests are Brenda Procter, associate professor of personal finance for University of Missouri Extension and Graham McCaulley, an MU Extension personal financial planning specialist. The term for today is copayment.

 

 

 

More information can be found at University of Missouri Extension’s Health Insurance Initiative, Cover Missouri and Health Literacy Missouri

 

 

 Posted by on September 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm
Aug 252014
 

Frank Wideman, natural resource engineer for MU Extension (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications)

Many small towns rely on volunteer firefighters to protect and serve their community. But there’s problem. Volunteers may not know where all the fire hydrants are. Fredricktown, Missouri, found a way to correct that problem. They gave local Fredricktown Boy Scouts a project: Collect GPS coordinates on the 300 fire hydrants in town.

 

 

 

John Clark, Fredricktown Fire Chief, driving the fire engine. (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications)

Bill Starkey, Cherokee Pass Fire Chief (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications)

Bill Starkey, Cherokee Pass Fire Chief, driving the 4-wheeler used in search and rescue. (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications)

Fredricktown Boy Scouts collected GPS coordinates for the town's 300 hydrants (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications)

Fredricktown Boy Scouts collected GPS coordinates for the town’s 300 hydrants (Photo by Kent Faddis, MU Extension Communications)

 Posted by on August 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm
Aug 152014
 
Garden Journal available from University of Missouri Extension

Garden Journal available from University of Missouri Extension (Photo by Kent Faddis)

University of Missouri Extension offers a useful tool to help both new and experience gardeners create and maintain beautiful and productive gardens. The Garden Journal will help you keep track of everything in your garden. It explains hardiness zones, soil tests, monthly garden tips and tips for controlling pests and diseases.

 

 

Order: From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar

Sharron Unterreiner, a Master Gardener in Perry County Missouri (Photo by Kent Faddis)

Sharron Unterreiner, a Master Gardener in Perry County Missouri (Photo by Kent Faddis)

From left to right: Weldon and Sharron Unterreiner, Master Gardeners in Perry County Missouri, and Donna Aufdenberg, Horticulture Specialist for University of Missouri Extension (Photo by Kent Faddis)

From left to right: Weldon and Sharron Unterreiner, Master Gardeners in Perry County Missouri, and Donna Aufdenberg, Horticulture Specialist for University of Missouri Extension (Photo by Kent Faddis)

A sample worksheet found in "From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar." (Photo by Kent Faddis)

A sample worksheet found in “From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar.” (Photo by Kent Faddis)

 

 Posted by on August 15, 2014 at 5:48 pm
Aug 112014
 

Many things can attack a plant causing it to decline (Photo by Jon Lamb - University of Missouri Extension Communications)

Many things can attack a plant causing it to decline (Photo by Jon Lamb – University of Missouri Extension Communications)

Indiscriminately spreading chemicals for ailing plants is a bad idea. Many things can cause problems for plants: insects, viruses, bacteria, fungi and even poor nutrition. You need to know what’s wrong before you can choose the correct treatment. For people in the Midwest, the University of Missouri’s Plant Diagnostic Clinic is a good place to get your plant problems diagnosed.

 

 

 

 

MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic

Patti Wallace, director of the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic, examines an ailing tomato plant (Photo by Jon Lamb, University of Missouri Extension Communications

Patti Wallace, director of the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic, examines an ailing tomato plant (Photo by Jon Lamb, University of Missouri Extension Communications

 

 Posted by on August 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Sweater weather in July

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Aug 082014
 

July 2014 sets a record for cool temperatures (Graphic by Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension's Commercial Agriculture Program)

July 2014 sets a record for cool temperatures (Graphic by Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program)

If you thought July in Missouri was a bit on the cool side, you’re right. Shots of cool air from Canada brought the Show-Me State below normal temperatures for the month.

 

 

 

Missouri Climate Center

 Posted by on August 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm
May 102014
 
“She turned to the sunlight  And shook her yellow head,  And whispered to her neighbour:  "Winter is dead."  ~ A.A. Milne from When We Were Very Young

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
“Winter is dead.”
~ A.A. Milne from “When We Were Very Young”

Nothing signals the end of winter like bright daffodils and colorful tulips. Spring flowering bulbs are easy to grow and always rewarding. To enjoy their early spring show you must plant these bulbs in the fall and care for them after they bloom.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has some dos and don’ts for keeping daffodils, tulips and hyacinths happy and putting on a glorious spring show year-after-year.

 

 

Post-Flowering Care of Spring Bulbs

Spring Flowering Bulbs

"The tulips make we want to paint, Something about the way they drop Their petals on the tabletop And do not wilt so much as faint" ~ A. E. Stallings from him poem "Tulips" (Photo by John O'Neill)

“The tulips make we want to paint,
Something about the way they drop
Their petals on the tabletop
And do not wilt so much as faint”
~ A. E. Stallings from him poem “Tulips” (Photo by John O’Neill)

"Here hyacinths of heavenly blue Shook their rich tresses to the morn" ~ James Montgomery, British editor and poet from his poem "The Adventure of a Star." (Photo by John O'Neill

“Here hyacinths of heavenly blue
Shook their rich tresses to the morn”
~ James Montgomery, British editor and poet from his poem “The Adventure of a Star.” (Photo by John O’Neill)

 Posted by on May 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm