May 24, 2013

Selecting Fruit Varieties

 From plums and pears to peaches and cherries, choosing the best varieties for Iowa's weather and soils will increase your chances of successful fruit production.  Read more about recomme

Black Vine Weevils Appear Again

One of the many "curiosity" insects in Iowa is the black vine weevil.  To be sure, this is a rare insect in Iowa and one that most Iowans will never get to see.  Part of the f

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - May 24, 2013

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

Harvest Waiting Periods for Vegetables and Fruits

 As gardeners plant their vegetables and fruits, they anxiously look forward to their first harvest. For some vegetables, the wait is short. Radishes may be ready to harvest in 20 days.

Are Ticks Worse This Year?

While everyone has an opinion about "how bad" the ticks are in any given, the bottom line is there is no state-wide survey or census to measure tick abundance.