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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.
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Golden Tortoise Beetle

Feeds on host plants but rarely a nuisance...

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Long-horn Beetle Immature

This is a roundheaded woodborer pupa. It is an immature of the long horned beetle.  In general, roundheaded woodborers attack trees or parts of trees that are already dead or dying. Roundhead woodborers would be expected to be tunneling in this rotting wood. Eggs are laid in the bark and in spring larvae burrow into the wood and will tunnel for two to three years....

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Organic Vegetable Workshop

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Hover fly larvae eating aphids Picture Taken by McLean County Master Gardener Margaret Hollowell Horticulture Extension Educator Kelly Allsup would like to invite you to attend the Organic Vegetable Gardening Seminar at the McLean County Extension Office Dates: May 9, 2012 6:30-800 p.m Would you like to go your food organically? Growing your vegeta...

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Attracting Beneficial Insects

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden By Kelly Allsup With the warm spring weather and beautiful sunny days, everyone is ready to build their backyard fruit and vegetable gardens. Avid gardeners have their seedlings hardened off, their beds amended with rich compost, and have chosen their disease resistant tomato varieties. This weekend, when the greenhou...

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Spotted Camel Cricket

Ceuthophilus maculatus Spotted Camel Cricket Characteristics: High arching back, reddish brown spots, elongated legs and antennae Very common spotted camel cricket is attracted to damp basements, wood and leaf piles. Home, Yard and Garden Recommendations: Caulk cracks and crevices along foundation Vaccuum crickets Eliminate Moisture...

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European Elm Scale

Gossyparia spuria European Elm Scale Description: European Elm scale is soft scale that feeds on sap and produce sticky honeydew. Heavy infestations cause chlorosis, leaf drop and stem dieback. Sooty mold grows on the honeydew secretions. Life cycle:...

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