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Wet Soils Causing Root Issues

Posted by Mike Roegge - Articles

The constant rains and saturated soils have been causing havoc for many growers. Trying to plant, harvest, control weeds and diseases and just about anything related to plant production has been almost impossible. According to my records, 16 of 31 days in May I recorded precipitation, 16 of 30 days in June I recorded precipitation and thus far 9 of 21 days in July. Needless to say the s...

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Dealing With Storm Damaged Trees

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles

Monday night saw a large storm with extremely damaging winds blow through parts of the counties that I work in. The damage to trees was unbelievable, I saw pictures on Facebook and local media websites – trees ripped up from the ground, trees snapped in half, trees fallen on homes and vehicles, broken limbs, and more. I teach a lot about structural pruning and how to care for trees to make them...

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Rain and Japanese Beetles

Posted by Mike Roegge - Articles

All this wet weather is causing issues with many plants, especially the annuals. Root systems aren't able to function in anaerobic soils which cause a variety of issues, including poor growth and reduced nutrient uptake. Leaf diseases have never been higher. Nearly all leaf diseases require moisture to allow the organisms to multiply, and with rain every other day, this has been an idea...

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Wet Weather Problems

Posted by Mike Roegge - Articles

All this wet weather is creating havoc on area gardens. Plants aren't growing or are barely hanging on and the disease situation is escalating. Many people I've spoken to have complained about their tomato plants, and how they're dying from the bottom up. This is caused by two fungal diseases: early blight and Septoria leaf blight. Driving rain splashes the soil (and disease organism) onto the...

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