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Upcoming Garden Events

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles Events

It's hard to believe that the first month of 2017 is nearly over. It means that the days are getting longer and that before we know it the 2017 gardening season will be here. Last time I wrote about gardening being fluid and always changing. Part of being able to adjust to the changing garden, to grow as gardeners, to excite our passion is to learn. Each year come late winter into early...

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Helping Others Learn To Grow

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles Events

Only two more months and we will be saying hello to 2017 and that means it's time to start thinking about Master Gardener training! University of Illinois Extension in Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike & Schuyler Counties will be hosting Master Gardener training beginning January 24, 2017 and continuing each Tuesday through April 4, 2017 and runs 9 am – 4 pm. You might be wondering what e...

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Upcoming Mosquito Management Workshop Teaches Participants to ‘Avoid the Bite’

Let it be known that in my family I hold the record for number of mosquito bites at one time. While on a vacation in the coastal swamps of Georgia (yes I said 'vacation'), I racked up over 100 mosquito bites. So what makes a person more attractive to mosquitoes than others? Here are a few things that mosquitoes find very tempting: Carbon dioxide- Yes every time you exhale...

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Become a Master Naturalist

In my current role as a horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension, I have the pleasure of working with Master Gardener volunteers who share a love of the outdoors and a willingness to give back to our communities. U of I Extension is building a new group of volunteers that complements our Master Gardener program. This new group of volunteers is called Mater Natural...

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Tri State Local Food Summit

Posted by Mike Roegge - Events

The tri state area will host a Local Foods Summit on Saturday, Feb. 20 th , at JWCC in Quincy. The program has educational sessions for both producers as well as consumers, and will provide a plethora of information addressing the importance of local foods. Dr. John Ikerd, who is known throughout the Midwest for his knowledge of local and sustainable economies, will be presenting the o...

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Growing in 2016

Posted by Kari Houle - Articles Events

It seems we blinked and 2015 is behind us and 2016 burns bright with opportunity and chances to garden, enjoy plants, learn and grow in a new year. One of the things I love about horticulture and gardening is that there is always something new to discover, to learn about and to experience. The early months of the New Year are always filled with opportunities for learning and I wanted to let you...

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Putting Small Acres to Work

If you've ever thought about trying a new enterprise on a few acres of ground, you need to consider attending an event that we hope will provide you with some excellent ideas to consider. Many folks are investigating opportunities for some extra income on a few acres while others are simply looking for an interesting hobby. Either way, this workshop will provide you with several potential ideas to...

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Getting Ready for Spring

Posted by Kari Houle - Events

If you're like me, I'm itching to get out and work in the garden and see plants come to life and watch my garden grow. But sadly, here it is still nearly the end of January and the weather teases us with thoughts of the warmth to come with temperatures creeping into the 40s and yet we know the cold weather is not yet done. Even though we still have time before being out in the garden with the...

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Putting Small Acres to Work

Posted by Mike Roegge - Events

Putting Small Acreage to Work will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14th at John Wood Community College, 1301 S. 48 th in Quincy. If you're looking for ideas on how to utilize smaller acreages for income producing activities or for fun and leisure, then this program will provide you with a number of options to consider. Concurrent presentations during the morning will include the topics of:...

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20th Annual Western IL/ NE MO Notill/ Crop Management Conference

We've all heard about the next new herbicide technology that will help with control of glyphosate resistant waterhemp and marestail. Both Monsanto and Dow are introducing new products that contain phenoxy herbicides (2,4-D and dicamba) mixed with glyphosate to be applied to genetically modified crops. These phenoxy herbicides have been altered somewhat from their original to help prevent vapor dri...

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