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Now that the 2014 Wisconsin Horticulture Update (WHU) has concluded for the year, the WHU crew is in the process of planning for 2015.  We would love to hear from anyone who uses any of the WHU resources.   Let us know what resources you use (we are particularly interested in whether you use the audio podcasts […]

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September 12, 2014:  Wrap-Up, Summary and Evaluation

September 12, 2014: Wrap-Up, Summary and Evaluation

High rainfall and low temperatures are par for Wisconsin this week, with the far northeast reporting frost in some areas.  The number of questions for county Extension agents and educators has slowed substantially, but a variety of insect questions including those about spotted-wing Drosophila and home insect invaders are still common.  Agents/educators comment on vegetable crops being […]

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September 5, 2014:  Bulbs for Fall Planting

September 5, 2014: Bulbs for Fall Planting

A rainy 2014 season winds towards its inevitable end and Wisconsin Horticulture Update participants report a lessening of incoming horticulture-related calls.  However this week, participants did receive calls on miscellaneous lawn mushrooms (including giant puffballs), miscellaeous insects (including bees, wasps, emerald ash borer and home insect and spider invaders), blights on tomatoes, and a variety of weed […]

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August 29, 2014:  Wisconsin First Detector Network

August 29, 2014: Wisconsin First Detector Network

Variable temperatures and rainfall are points of discussion for this week’s Wisconsin Horticulture Update.  In addition, participants report numerous questions on weed and plant identifcation (including several inquiries about dodder), problems with maple and apple dieback, leaf diseases (including late and early blight of tomatoes), and emeral ash borer.  Tony Summers of the UW-Madison Department of […]

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August 22, 2014:  Mushroom/Conk ID

August 22, 2014: Mushroom/Conk ID

Rain and humidity predominate the weather discussion at this week’s Wisconsin Horticulture Update.  Participants report lush lawns, but also comment that cool conditions continue to hamper development of vegetable crops, although in some areas tomatoes are finally beginning to ripen.  Wasp and hornet sightings are a common theme, as are downy mildew of impatiens and […]

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August 15, 2014:  Houseplant Diseases

August 15, 2014: Houseplant Diseases

Wetter weather arrives in most areas of Wisconsin this week.  WHU participants report that in general growing condition are quite good at this time, although fungal diseases such as tomato blights are quite prevalent and blossom end rot has reared its ugly head in many areas of the state.   The appearance of beneficial insects […]

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August 8, 2014:  Seed Saving

August 8, 2014: Seed Saving

Spotty rain hits the state this week with Wisconsin Horticulture Update participants reporting severe drought in some areas of the state and flood conditions in others.  Questions coming into UW-Extension county offices are slowing and are quite varied.  However concerns about slowly maturing vegetables, emerald ash borer and weed identification are common themes among participants […]

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August 1, 2014:  Supplemental Lighting

August 1, 2014: Supplemental Lighting

A slow, dry week greets Wisconsin Horticulture Update participants this week.  Client questions are relatively sparse, with some inquiries on fruit tree collapse (an ongoing problem all summer), weed identification and control, vegetable diseases and disorders, and miscellaneous insect issues.  Johanna Oosterwyk, who manages the University of Wisconsin-Madison D.C. Smith Greenhouse and is a member […]

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July 25, 2014:  Vegetable Disease/Pest Update

July 25, 2014: Vegetable Disease/Pest Update

Wisconsin Horticulture Update participants report a relatively quiet week with weather conditions cooling and becoming drier.  Participants comment on the effects of cooler nighttime temperatures on vegetable production and mention  an uptick in in vegetable diseases including blossom end rot of tomato, black rot of crucifers and Cercospora leaf spot of beet and chard.   […]

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July 18, 2014:  Woody Plant Propagation

July 18, 2014: Woody Plant Propagation

Tree dieback continues to be a prime topic on the Wisconsin Horticulture Update with several participants reporting having received questions on this topic within the past week.  Poor vegetable performance (particularly tomatoes and peppers), various vegetable diseases/disorders (e.g., blossom end rot, Septoria leaf spot of tomato, white rust of cole crops, Phytophthora crown rot), tree galls, […]

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