Extension Specialist and Illinois Master Gardener Coordinator
February 19, 2014
February 11, 2014
Save the Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM Central Time for an online Webinar especially for North Central Extension Master Gardeners and home gardeners entitled Growing Raspberries and Blackberries with Integrated Pest Management.
This 90 minute webinar will feature Vaughn Hammond, Extension Horticulturist, University of Nebraska; Michelle Grabowski, Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Minnesota; Celeste Welty, Extension Entomologist, Ohio State University; and Mary Meyer, Extension Horticulturist, University of Minnesota. The webinar will begin with planting and management recommendations for growing raspberries and blackberries. The second section will cover diseases including viruses. The final section will cover insect pests of raspberries, and blackberries including the spotted winged drosophila. Best management practices will be covered including minimizing pest problems and prevention of pests. The three, 20 minute presentations will each be followed by 10 minutes of questions and discussion.
Extension Educators and Specialists are encouraged to participate as a host site and use this webinar as advanced training for Master Gardeners and interested home gardeners. We encourage educators to act as a LOCAL HOST GROUP and offer additional training and hands-on diagnosis along with this webinar. Consider starting your local session 30 minutes prior to the webinar and reviewing the resources below along with samples of raspberry insects, diseases and other problems.
Webinar Cost: FREE for groups; Individuals are asked to pay $10. The webinar is limited to the first 195 online connections or registrations.
One online connection can be used by a group, such as a class taking place at an Extension office or a group of Master Gardeners meeting at one site. Preference will be given to groups. Extension Educators, group leaders or hosts are asked to register groups here: https://docs.google.com/a/umn.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Am1gDin3TZqgdDRidGNZa0Uxd0tVT0taQ2Foc0R5S1E#gid=0.
Individuals: ($10) please register here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=RJTCD6LACXBZG
Registered webinar participants will be emailed the url for webinar prior to February 20
Questions: Contact Mary Meyer, email@example.com or phone 952-443-1447.
January 29, 2014
January 7, 2014
December 4, 2013
The Illinois Big Tree Register (IBTR) was established in 1962 as a citizen outreach program in order to discover, record, recognize and appreciate the largest native tree species here in the Prairie State. For over 50 years years, the IBTR has spawned a generation of big tree hunters and big tree aficionados who relish the opportunity and bask in the glory of finding and nominating the next biggest champion tree. The University of Illinois would like to encourage every citizen of this great state to search our forests, parks and front yards for the future champion trees. We hope that in searching for these trees, citizens will become more aware of the vital importance of Illinois' rural and community forest resource.
American Forests established the first National Register of Big Trees back in 1941. The National Register of Big Trees formally recognizes the largest tree species indigenous to the United States. There are currently 770+ trees recognized as national champions. Illinois is currently home to four national trees : Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra), Kansas hawthorn (Crataegus coccinioides), blackjack oak (Quercus marilandica), and Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii).
Beginning in 2008, the IBTR embarked upon an ambitious campaign to recertify, remeasure, photograph and locate (using GPS coordinates) all of our current champion trees that have been forgotten over the last 10+ years. This campaign was initiated to breath new life in the IBTR and to honorably retire long-standing champions and co-champions whose status and precise locations were unknown. The 2013 Illinois Big Tree Register is the product of this intense recertification and remeasurement campaign.
For more information about Illinois Big Trees or for information on nominating a tree for IBTR status visit:
National register of Big Trees at http://www.americanforest.org/our-programs/bigtree