July 12, 2013

Poor Fruiting of Vine Crops


Vine crops (cucumber, muskmelon, watermelon, and squash) are some of the most popular vegetables in the home garden.  While vine crops are easy to grow, home gardeners are occasionally disappo

Mosquitoes on the Decline


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

Leaf Spots on Tomato


At this time of the year it is common to see leaf spots on tomato leaves.  These spots can be caused by fungal and bacterial pathogens, but does it matter which one?

Japanese Beetles have Arrived -- Late but Spotty


After a slow start due to cool and rainy weather, the recent hot weather has brought the Japanese beetles out of the ground.  Last year the first Japanese beetles of the season were reported t

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - July 12, 2013


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