August 23, 2013

How to Harvest and Ripen Pears


 Perfectly ripe pears are a luscious treat when harvested, ripened and stored properly.  Learn more about how to have the most desirable fruit at the http://www.extension.iastate

New Pesticide Labels to Better Protect Pollinators


From U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release, August 15, 2013:

 

Singing Insects of Summer


There is a chorus of insect noise out there lately.  The annual cicadas buzzing through the heat of the day are joined at night by the katydids and crickets.

Mosquito Numbers Down: How Low Can They Go?


Below is the summary of mosquito activity in Iowa from the ISU Medical Entomology Laboratory. Mosquito surveillance in Iowa has been ongoing since 1969.

Late Summer/Early Fall Planting


While spring is the traditional planting season in Iowa, late summer/early fall is an excellent time to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, and spring-flowering bulbs.  Late summer is also the be

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - August 23, 2013


The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic.