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Apple of my Iowa

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Pumpkin spice may be a seasonal favorite, but one of the best flavors of fall in Iowa is a crisp, sweet, locally grown apple.

It’s apple season and on this Horticulture Day Suzanne Slack shares tips on cultivating successful apple trees. She discusses how Iowa weather affects apples, how to know when an apple is ready to pick and the newest variety of apples – including the ‘Luda-crisp’ strain.

Later in the hour, Aaron Steil and Mark Vitosh answer listeners’ tree questions and troubleshoot yard and garden problems.


  • Suzanne Slack, assistant professor of horticulture at Iowa State University
  • Aaron Steil, Extension consumer horticulture specialist at ISU
  • Mark Vitsoh, Iowa Department of Natural Resources forester
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Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.
Natalie Dunlap is a rising junior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and minoring in gender, women's & sexuality studies. She is from Iowa City and in her free time enjoys getting coffee and reading downtown with friends.