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July 21, 2017 – Plant Galls

Lots of rain and flooding, biting gnats, and Japanese Beetles — some of the concerns around the State this third week in July.  P.J. Liesch gave a presentation on the variability of plant galls -interesting looking, but usually only a cosmetic problem.         Link to Transcription     

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July 14, 2017 – Blueberry Trials in Brown County

Reports of plenty of rain from all over the state bringing both insect pests and diseases that do well in wet conditions. Vijai Pandian, Brown County Extension, reported on trial results on Blueberries, Honeyberries and Josta Berries.   Transcription Audio

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July 7, 2017 – Ticks and Mosquitoes

It’s been a pretty quiet week in Wisconsin in terms of calls to Extension Offices. Of particular interest entomologically, however, more reports of Black Widow Spiders have come in, particularly from the Northeastern part of the State.  P.J. Liesch provided comprehensive information along with links to several good references on Ticks and Mosquitoes. Read Transcript […]

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June 30, 2017 – Potato Gene Bank

Wet conditions throughout the state contribute to a number of disease issues on ornamental plants, vegetables and fruit crops. Guest speaker, Max Martin, Research Programmer at the Peninsular Research Station provides an overview of Potato Genetics and the importance of the Potato Gene Bank located there. Link to Transcription Listen to Podcast Here

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June 23, 2017 – Rain. . . . .

All areas of the State have had plenty of rain leading to lots of fungal diseases. Oddities include Black Widow Spiders in two locations.  Guest Speaker Annie Deutsch talks about European Chafers, now found in Door County. Link to 6-23-2017    Listen to Podcast

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June 16, 2017 – Christelle Guedot talks about Semiochemicals

Rain and Hot Temperatures have been the standard over the past week throughout Wisconsin.  Insects and Diseases are on course for the time of year. Guest speaker, Christelle Guedot talks about the methods of using pheromones in insect pest management.   Link to Transcript of 6-16-17 Here.   Play Podcast Here  

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May 19, 2017 – Rain and Cool Temperatures

Rain and cool temperatures have meant that some plants appear to be a bit behind schedule in different parts of the state. Insects and diseases continue undeterred  with several new things having been observed including Didymascella Needle Blight in Juniper, Hydrangea Leaftier and Bumble Flower Beetles.  Want to know what butterflies are active?  Check out WisconsinButterflies.org. […]

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Lilac Blooms

May 5 – Lilacs to Snow – South to North

Bloom conditions vary from Forsythia being finished in Central and South to tree leaves not yet budded in the Bayfield Area. Moss on lawns, ants, solitary bees, ants and ticks are common questions.  Dieback on apples, White Mold on tulip bulbs and Downy Mildew on Moss Phlox are some of the items having gone through […]

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