July 15, 2016
The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. Visit the PIDC's Facebook page to ask questions and for updates and more pictures.
Dr. Adam Thoms joined the Horticulture Department on July 1 as Assistant Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist. His research will focus on helping the commercial turfgrass industry in Iowa including golf courses, athletic fields, and professional home lawn care companies.
The emerald ash borer (EAB) has been discovered in Missouri Valley, Harrison County. Iowa’s growing number of counties with confirmed detections has now reached thirty-five. See the map below. EAB has been detected in six new counties in Iowa this year.
Wilts, spots, rots, poor yields and misshaped fruit are common frustrations in the home garden.
Research at Iowa State University, conducted as part of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, will provide information to help agriculture producers make decisions about the recent decline in monarch butterflies and to encourage farmers to join the effort to reestablish milkweed and forbs that support monarchs during reproductive and late summer migrations across the state. Read more in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach news rele