July 25, 2012

False Chinch Bugs - Another Consequence of the Drought

There is is one more insect problem we can blame on the drought: false chinch bugs.  We have received several calls and messages about the false chinch bug over the past 2 weeks.  It has

Growing Potatoes in the Home Garden

Potatoes are one of the most important vegetable crops in the world and a popular crop for the home garden. See the ISU Extension & Outreach news release from July 26, 2012 for information on common problems, and harvest and storage recommendations.



Verticilium Wilt

Verticillium wilt is a serious disease caused by two fungal species, Verticillium dahliae and V. albo-atrum, which altogether can infect over 400 plant species.

The Return of the Boxelder Bugs

The number of calls and messages received already about boxelder bugs and the number of bugs reported is not a good sign.

The weather this year has been ideal for creating a boxelder bug outbreak of epic proportions. In the past we could expect significant boxelder bug populations when it was warm in May and dry in July. This year both conditions existed to excess. I suspect we should brace for an onslaught of boxelder bugs and boxelder bug complaints.

Dormant Lawns

This summer's hot, dry weather has been stressful for trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, fruits, and vegetables. The hot, dry conditions have also caused Kentucky bluegrass and other cool-sea