Fear of Falling – Preventing Falls in Older Adults
MU Extension's A Matter of Balance program provides strength and balance training for older adults. (Photo by Jon Lamb)

MU Extension’s A Matter of Balance program provides strength and balance training for older adults. (Photo by Jon Lamb)

Many older adults worry about falling and often limit their activities.  A Matter of Balance is a University of Missouri Extension program that helps reduce the fear of falling and increases older adult activity.

Today’s guest is Sarah March, state coordinator for MU Extension’s A Matter of Balance program.

 

 

A Matter of Balance

Teens Take Ideas to the Marketplace – Young Entrepreneurs
Rebekah Kempker waiting on customers as she sells her homemade craft items

Rebekah Kempker waiting on customers as she sells her homemade craft items

Business is no longer just a realm for the grown-ups. Today, many teens are starting businesses as way to earn money, create a path for their future and even contribute to local economies.

Today’s guests are Rebekah Kempker, 14-year-old owner of CutieCakes & KnitWorks, Steve Henness, University of Missouri Extension state 4-H youth specialist and Collin Bunch, MU Extension business development specialist.

 

 

MU Extension 4-H Build a Business Camp

Helping Picky Eaters ‘Grow’ into Healthy Eaters
Garden 'n Grow Kids in Kirksville, MO (Left to righ: Emmit Cody, Elizabeth Cody, Morgan Mullock, Bailey Malen, and in the back: Melanie Cody and Joseph Berg) Photo by Debbie Johnson

Garden ‘n Grow Kids in Kirksville, MO (Left to right: Emmit Cody, Elizabeth Cody, Morgan Mullock, Bailey Malen, and in the back: Melanie Cody and Joseph Berg) Photo by Debbie Johnson

A parent stares across the table at their child’s untouched dinner plate. The body language says, in no uncertain terms, will the food in in front of them end up in their mouth. They fidget and push the food around the plate, as they whine the all-too-familiar battle cry, “But I don’t like it.”

This battle of wills is a constant for families with a picky eater. It turns out that helping young children understand how to grow food will completely change the way they look at the food they eat.

Today’s guests are Jennifer Schutter, horticulture specialist and Margo Myers, nutrition specialist. Both are with the University of Missouri Extension office in Kirksville. You’ll also hear from 11-year-old Joseph Berg and 10-year-old Morgan Mullock. Both attended this year’s Garden ‘n Grow program in Kirksville.

 

 

University of Missouri Extension Garden ‘n Grow program

MU Extension Garden ‘n Grow program in Adair County

On the Road to a Better Future
Terrone Jones (right) and his METP job councilor, Mark Eye

Terrone Jones (right) and his METP job councilor, Mark Eye

It’s not often that second chances come along. But, a new University of Missouri Extension program is finding second chances for those willing to work.

 

 

Today’s guests: Mary Paulsell, assistant director for the MU Small Business Development Center; Terrone Jones, graduate of the MU Missouri Employment and Training Program; Gary Martin, school director for Truck Dynasty Driving Academy

Dying of Thirst – Very Wet Spring Makes Plants, Trees and Shrubs Vulnerable
"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit - He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing." ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

“He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

July heat has arrived in Missouri, and it’s putting garden and landscape plants at risk. Because we had such a wet spring, plants, trees and shrubs don’t have the deep roots necessary to ride out the summer heat and less rain.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has tips for watering your plants so they can recover from our super-soggy spring.

 

 

Wet Weather Woes

When Temperatures Climb Your Body Needs More Water
According to the Institute of Medicine women need about nine cups of fluid and for men it is about 13 cups of fluid daily. (Photo by Roger Kirby)

According to the Institute of Medicine women need about nine cups of fluid and for men it is about 13 cups of fluid daily. (Photo by Roger Kirby)

Soaring summer temperatures and high humidity means your body will need more fluids to keep it working properly, to maintain a healthy body temperature, and to avoid feeling fatigued.

Today’s guest is Linda Rellergert, nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

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Refreshing Ideas for Quenching Summer Thirst

 

Keeping Brown Patch at Bay
Brown patch spreading on a tall fescue lawn (Photo by Brad Fresenburg, turf specialist for University of Missouri Extension)

Brown patch spreading on a tall fescue lawn (Photo by Brad Fresenburg, turf specialist for University of Missouri Extension)

Conditions are perfect for brown patch to ravage your lawn. Control isn’t easy and it may be better to give up and wait for the fall to reseed areas where the fungus damaged your grass.

Today’s guest is Lee Miller, a plant pathologist for University of Missouri Extension. He has tips for controlling brown patch and lawn maintenance practices that can curb the spread of the disease.

 

 

Identification and Management of Turfgrass Diseases

Brown Patch Lawn Disease Could Erupt in Home Landscapes This Summer
Brown spot in a tall fescue lawn (Photo by Brad Fresenburg, turf specialist for University of Missouri Extension)

Brown spot in a tall fescue lawn (Photo by Brad Fresenburg, turf specialist for University of Missouri Extension)

Nitrogen fertilizer, heat and water is like ringing the dinner bell for fungi hoping to snack on your nice green lawn. If you have tall fescue, the culprit is Rhizoctonia solani, which causes brown patch. As the name implies, brown patches show up in your lawn. Many homeowners, when they see their grass turn brown, add fertilizer and water to help it green up. Big mistake, your giving the fungus exactly what it needs.

Today’s guest is Brad Fresenburg, turf specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has information about dealing with brown patch, how to recognize it and how to treat it.

 

 

Identification and Management of Turfgrass Diseases

 

You can brown patch  tan lesions on the blade of tall fescue (Photo by Brad Fresenburg, turf specialist for University of Missouri Extension)

You can see brown patch tan lesions on the blade of tall fescue (Photo by Brad Fresenburg, turf specialist for University of Missouri Extension)

 

Forget April — May Had All the Showers
Bad weather always looks worse through a window. ~ Tom Lehrer, singer-songwriter

Bad weather always looks worse through a window. ~ Tom Lehrer, singer-songwriter

May was very wet in Missouri with some parts of the state getting more than 10 inches of rain. But, all that precipitation could be good news for the summer forecast.

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

 

Got Calcium? Your Tomatoes Need It
Blossom-end rot is first seen when tomatoes are one-third to one-half full size. (Photo by Patrick Byers, University of Missouri Extension)

Blossom-end rot is first seen when tomatoes are one-third to one-half full size. (Photo by Patrick Byers, University of Missouri Extension)

When tomatoes, peppers, melons, and eggplant develop a sunken, rotten spot on the end of the fruit it’s not caused by a disease or insect pest. It happens when the plant doesn’t get enough calcium. It’s a fairly common garden problem. Turns out there are lots of things that can happen that can deny calcium to your plants.

Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He discuss the causes and how to prevent it.

 

 

Growing Home Garden Tomatoes