Environment
Magnolia tree.
Growth of a tree or flower is the result of the weather and the perpetuation of its natural growth cycle. To store sufficient resources for the following year, trees use the winter season as an opportunity to shuttle nutrients to their roots.
Nearly every foraging honey bee in the state of Indiana will encounter neonicotinoids during corn planting season, and the common seed treatments produced no improvement in crop yield, according to a Purdue University study.
Spotted salamander
Awareness of the Eastern Hellbender is growing due to the decline in numbers. Extension specialists receive reports of a "hellbender" that is found in a barn, or on a basement floor, crawling across a driveway, or occasionally in a pond. Here are some resources to help identify these large salamanders.
Purdue Extension disaster specialist Abby Hostetler is urging Hoosier property owners and others who might have suffered damage from the recent heavy rains and flooding to file a report with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package, 4-books
Learn about reptiles and amphibians with the Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package. The four books share information on each species and includes full-color photos, physical descriptions, list of similar species, and descriptions of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.
picture of a flooded field
Although two weeks of occasionally heavy rain and some unseasonably cold temperatures slowed planting progress and threatened newly emerging plants throughout Indiana, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen said there is still time to have a good grain crop if, as expected, weather conditions improved. The key, Nielsen said, is careful crop management.
Frogs and Toads of Indiana, FNR-516, book
Indiana is home to 17 frog and toad species, and this full-color book covers all of them. Whether you are a herpetologist, a recreational amphibian enthusiast or just want to learn more about frogs and toads, you will want to travel with this new publication. This 50-page book includes full-color photos, a physical description, a list of similar species, and a description of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.

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