Agriculture
Walnut Twig Beetle
The Walnut Twig Beetle (WTB), Pityophthorus juglandis, the insect involved in Thousand Cankers Disease of Black Walnut (TCD), has been detected in Indiana for the first time at a Franklin County sawmill. The beetle was detected in a trap placed at the sawmill for a 2014 statewide survey for WTB. Additional WTBs were found during an inspection of walnut logs and lumber at the mill.
Crabgrass
It seems the $64,000 question right now is -When should I apply my preemergence herbicide for crabgrass control?
Bees
This past week I had the opportunity to be a part of the discussion about the development of an Indiana Pollinator Protection program at the Beck Center at the Purdue Agronomy farm in West Lafayette.
Orchard
Without a doubt, the cool grey weather will soon yield to even longer days, more sunshine and increased warmth. As we wait, many area gardeners are anticipating the arrival warmer drier soil to begin delayed planting activities.