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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Found in Mclean county

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Illinois residents need to take steps to prepare for the invasion of Halyomorpha halys, better known as the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), warns University of Illinois horticulture educator Kelly Allsup. The BMSB is on the 2012 Most "Unwanted" Invasive Pests list created by the Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Program. With their piercing mouthparts, these insects are ca...

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Spring Wildflowers by Rhonda Ferree's facebook page

A University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator said that spring walks are very enjoyable. "Many of us look for morel mushrooms, but there is much more to see at the same time," said Rhonda Ferree. "Woodland wildflowers are beautiful and a welcome sign of spring." A common woodland wildflower is the spring beauty (Claytonia virginica). This is a low plant with loose clu...

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Four Spring Teleconference Series

University of Illinois Extension in Waterloo and Collinsville will be hosting a series of four Spring Teleconference sessions. Spruce Problems (Pest and Cultural Issues) will be offered on Tuesday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. at 901 Illinois Avenue, Waterloo and at 1 Regency Plaza Drive, Suite 200, Collinsville. This session will also be repeated on Thursday, April 11...

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Home, Lawn and Garden 2013

Home, Lawn and Garden Show The 11 th Annual 2013 Home, Lawn and Garden Show, planned by the McLean County Master Gardeners exhibited some of the popular gardening trends of 2013. This year's show left an impression on 397 program attendees and Master Gardener volunteers from all over Illinois. Horticulture educator, Kelly Allsup, says the Home Lawn and Garden...

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Soil Testing Issues by Richard Hentschel

Gardeners already know the importance of testing their garden beds every few years. If soil amendments are added annually, then the soil test should be done more often to be sure that nutrient levels and, just as important, the pH level are still within an acceptable range, said University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Richard Hentschel. "Because amendments are so importan...

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Downy Mildew on Impatiens

New Disease in Illinois: Should We Grow Impatiens? FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2013 Many plants are susceptible to downy mildew pathogens, which are usually not considered to be major disease threats. However, downy mildew of impatiens (Plasmopara obducens) , a new disease to Illinois, is a major problem for all cultivars of impatiens walleriana, according t...

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Kelly's Bee Resources

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Journal Articles Averill, A. et. al. September 2011. Nest Location in Bumble bees: effect of landscapes and Insecticides. American Bee Journal. Chensheng, L. et al. 2012. In situ replication of honey bee colony collapse. Bulletin of Insectology 65(1) Ellis, M. and B.Teeeters. July 2011. Assessing the Risks of Honey Bee Exposure to Pesticides. Fluang, Z. August 20...

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2013 Home Lawn and Garden Article

Home, Lawn and Garden Show The 11 th Annual 2013 Home, Lawn and Garden Show, planned by the McLean County Master Gardeners exhibited some of the popular gardening trends of 2013. This year's show left an impression on 397 program attendees and Master Gardener volunteers from all over Illinois. Horticulture educator, Kelly Allsup, says the Home Lawn and Garden...

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Winter Pruning by Andrew Holsinger

As temperatures rise and spring approaches, thoughts of pruning emerge in the minds of gardeners, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "There always needs to be a purpose to your pruning," explained Andrew Holsinger. "Pruning is not only a mechanical process for removing plant growth, it is also a mental process of knowing what to remove and how and when to rem...

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