Besides all the crabgrass that has flourished in many lawns this year (now turning purple and dying) there have been many lawn diseases. Recently, Rick Latin, Professor of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, explained some of these in a "Turf Tips" blog post at: The following are some highpoints of Latin's observations in his own words.
Maple trees are loved by many as some of the best shade trees for the home landscape. Maples produce seeds that fall like tiny helicopters from the tree. As loved as these trees are, people become alarmed when the leaves on these maple trees have large black spots that look like they've been splattered with tar.
If you missed the recent field day at Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center near Columbia City, one message that Purdue crop disease specialist, Kiersten Wise, delivered was to scout fields now for ear rots. She said that a few ear rots in particular seem to be prevalent so far in 2016: Diplodia and Trichoderma. Gibberella ear rot may also be present, especially in fields damaged by Western Bean Cutworm.
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After years of experience, we know that some questions get asked frequently. These are the top 50+ questions the Purdue Extension office in many counties typically receive. If you have a question that you feel may be a common question relating to agriculture, natural resources, pest control, home lawn and garden, or other similar field, start here.
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Below is the 2016 edition of the Northeast Indiana Farmers Market Guide, including Farmers Markets and farm stands (direct-to-consumer).

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