May 5, 2017

Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - May 05, 2017

black termite swarmers with silver wings

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. For more information on a particular disease or insect problem listed, follow the article cited.


Asian Jumping Worms

Jumping worm adult

Recent requests for information from Master Gardeners and others have prompted us to share what we know about "jumping worms," another in a long list of invasive species that could have a negative impact on our landscapes and natural areas.  In the words of Gilda Radner, "It's always something. If it isn't one thing – it's another."

Grape or Raspberry Trellises for the Back Yard

Grapes and raspberries can be grown in the back yard, with a little bit of ingenuity and work to construct a trellis to support the plants.  See the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Yard & Garden news release for May 9, 2017 to learn about constructing a fruit trellis for the home garden.

Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic Simplified Sample Form

The ISU Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis for plant problems and insect, plant or mushroom identification.  Reaching the Clinic with your sample is now more streamlined, as a revised and simplified submission form to accompany your sample is now available.  The “Sample Submission Form” (PIDC 0045) is now available through the ISU Extension Store and through the Clinic website for all samples except plant nematode analysis, for which

Plant Trees During Spring

Spring is an excellent time to plant a new tree (or trees) that can last for generations on a landscape. See the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Yard & Garden news release for April 26, 2017 for specific care and steps to ensure a successful planting outcome.