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September 15, 2017 – Jumping Worms

The weather continues dry in many parts of the state and fall weather is showing.  Bernie Williams, Conservation Biologist from the Wisconsin DNR talks about Jumping Worms.   Transcribed Session Link to Bernie’s PowerPoint Presentation  

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August 25 – Bees/Wasps/Hornets

Questions to County Offices seem to have slowed down but one that has arisen and probably will continue to appear as we head into fall is about the differences between bees, hornets and wasps.  PJ Liesch referred to a publication “Social wasps and bees in the Upper Midwest” as a useful guide for providing answers. […]

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August 18, 2017– Think Ahead to Winter Pruning of Fruit Trees

Parts of the state continue to deal with insects and diseases that are related to the amounts of rain locations have experienced.  Amaya Atucha, Fruit Specialist, took the group through the appropriate methods of pruning for good fruit production. Transcription File Atucha’s Presentation   Podcast

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August 4, 2017 – Keep Your Eye Out for Pigweed

Japanese Beetles are still a big thing around the State.  Wet areas continue to contribute to diseases, but drying is occuring in some areas.  Everyone is asked to keep their eye out for and report spottings of all types of Pigweed. Link to PDDC Update for August 4 Read August 4 Transcript Here. Link to […]

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July 28, 2017 – Japanese Beetles Everywhere

This week’s conference call found everyone having to deal with calls from frustrated home owners on protecting their plants from Japanese Beetles.  Wet conditions throughout much of the State cause many problems to arise.   Find Transcription Here. Listen to Podcast Below

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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  Play Podcast Below    

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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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