Japanese beetles are out in full force this year and causing a lot of damage to landscapes, trees, gardens and row crops around the state. These metallic green and bronze pests being emerging in late June and early July and are known to feed on more than 300 different plant varieties. The beetles will remain a problem for the remainder of the summer until temperatures begin to cool down, likely not until September. Japanese beetle eggs are laid in the soil during July and August, followed by the
You may have noticed that spruce trees, particularly blue spruce trees, from around the county have been looking unhealthy lately. There are several reasons why a spruce trees needles might turn brown and drop. Before action is taken on saving the tree, it is important to find out why the needles are dropping as this will determine the necessary course of action, if any. The most common cause for needle drop is simply natural causes. Needles will stay on a spruce tree for 2-3 years before droppi
Purdue University is world renowned for the research and education that takes places in its school of agriculture. However, often times overlooked, Purdue Extension does much more than cater to farmers, and in fact offers a wide range of resources that can benefit homeowners and more diversified farmers as well. A few examples of these excellent resources can be found on the World Wide Web.
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As the days get warmer and the grass grows, so do the pests we manage each summer, namely weeds and insects. Many of us rely on pesticides to control these nuisances, and now is a good time to remind everyone to always read the label of products they are purchasing or applying to help minimize the risks associated with these products.
The invasive insect Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is old news for much of Indiana, including White County, and it has already done extensive damage to the state's ash tree population. While much of the harm has been done, if you have ash tree's that haven't been affected yet, there are now good options for saving the tree(s), and now is a good time to do so.
There is a major push by consumers recently to have access to fresh and local food and to know where that food is coming from. One of the best ways to participate in this movement here locally is by visiting the upcoming Monticello Farmer's Market. The Monticello Farmer's Market will be held on Saturday's from 9:00am to 1:00pm from May 20th to October 28th at 1210 N 6th Street in Monticello in the parking lot of BJ Wingers. It will also be held on Tuesday evenings from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Consti
Dates and locations are set for the 2017 Monticello Farmer's Market, which is now seeking vendors for the upcoming season. Interested vendors with produce, arts, crafts, plants, flowers, baked goods and the like are encouraged to apply. Those interested can find an application and market policy information at: http://www.monticelloinfarmersmarket.com/