August 28, 2015:  Breeding Tasty Vegetables

August 28, 2015: Breeding Tasty Vegetables

Moderate rains continue in many parts of the state again this week and with the approach of autumn questions for Wisconsin Horticulture Update participants begin to slow.  Participants report a smattering of questions on emerald ash borer, bees and wasps, lawn grubs and slugs, as well as questions on leaf blights on tomato, powdery mildew on […]

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August 21, 2015:  Butterfly Gardening

August 21, 2015: Butterfly Gardening

Welcome rain hits many parts of the state this week, bringing welcome relief and stimulating lawns to regreen and begin once again to grow.  This week’s participants report continued reports of spotted wing Drosophila, as well as skunk and raccoon issues as they dig up lawns to get to grubs of May/June beetle and Japanese […]

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August 14, 2015:  Novelty Fruits

August 14, 2015: Novelty Fruits

Dry conditions continue in much of southern Wisconsin with patchy (and sometimes heavy) rain in much of the rest of the state.  Because of the dry conditions, lawns are going dormant in many areas and residents are becoming more aware of and asking questions about weeds and invasive plants.  Tree decline continues to be a […]

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August 7, 2015:  Weed/Invasive Plant Update

August 7, 2015: Weed/Invasive Plant Update

Much needed rain hits central and east central Wisconsin, but southeast Wisconsin remains dry while northwest Wisconsin is lush from frequent rains.  Wisconsin Horticulture Update participants report questions that are all over the map this week.  Common threads include questions about emerald ash borer (with a first report of the insect in Marquette County) and dying […]

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July 31, 2015:  Late Season Vegetable Update

July 31, 2015: Late Season Vegetable Update

Hot summer weather finally arrives across the state, but moisture levels are variable with extremely dry conditions in the east and south, and normal to wet conditions in the west.  Bark lice, as well as spotted wing Drosophila are popular insect topics on the Wisconsin Horticulture Update this week, with Japanese beetle and gypsy moth […]

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July 24, 2015:  Attracting Bees

July 24, 2015: Attracting Bees

Wet in the west and dry in the east and south with all areas reporting being behind in degree days are the weather themes this week on the Wisconsin Horticulture Update.  Participants mention numerous weed and plant ID questions with particular focus on wild parsnip and crown vetch.  Chlorosis, wilt and general dieback continue to be […]

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July 17, 2015: Spotted Wing Drosphila Update

July 17, 2015: Spotted Wing Drosphila Update

More wet weather greets many areas in Wisconsin this week and with the rains come a wide range of fungal plant diseases including Septoria leaf spot and early blight of tomato, powdery mildew of cucurbits, tar spot of maples.  Wisconsin Horticulture Update participants also report questions about chlorotic trees, tree (particularly fruit tree) dieback, emerald ash borer, […]

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July 10, 2015:  Grape Canopy Maintenance

July 10, 2015: Grape Canopy Maintenance

Variable rain hits Wisconsin this week with substantial rain (in some cases flooding) in western parts of the state and drier conditions in the east.  Wisconsin Horticulture Update participants report an onslaught of fungal and bacterial diseases including anthracnose in trees, Septoria leaf spot, early blight, bacterial spot and bacterial speck of tomato, and angular […]

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June 26, 2015:  Beneficial Insects

June 26, 2015: Beneficial Insects

Off and on rains hit the state this week, and there is enough moisture to stimulate weed growth resulting in an uptick of weed and other plant ID questions at county UW-Extension offices.  Wild parsnip is a particular stand out this week. Wisconsin Horticulture Update participants also report an increase in insect (ants, four-lined plant […]

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