March 31, 2010

Ant Swarming


We have many different species of ants in Iowa that live in different habitats and eat different foods.

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - March 31, 2010


The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Clinic:

 
Insects


Snow Mold on Lawns


As the extended snow cover from last winter melted from lawns, evidence of gray snow mold and pink snow mold disease became apparent in many lawns. Snow molds are fungal diseases that flourish under snow, especially when the ground is not thoroughly frozen and snow cover is present for extended periods. Snow molds are named for the webby material that grows over circular patches of matted grass. 

Spring Mulching Reminder


As every gardener knows, it is difficult to wait for the frost-free date to begin the gardening season. That is why it’s good to find things that can be done any time of year.

Welcome, Two New Staff Members


NEW EXTENSION WILDLIFE SPECIALIST JOINS NREM

Emerald Ash Borer Iowa Detection Plans, 2010


Robin Pruisner, State Entomologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, says, "Spring is in the air so my thoughts are turning green...emerald green." Below

Fertilizing Tree and Small Fruits in the Home Garden


Commercial fertilizers and manures are applied to supplement a soil's natural fertility. The rate of material to apply varies according to past fertilizer use, crop grown, soil type, and other