URBANA, Ill. - Palmer amaranth is a weed species that must be thoughtfully and carefully managed. Simply attempting to control Palmer amaranth often leads to ineffective herbicide applications, substantial crop yield loss, and increased weed infestations, said a University of Illinois weed sciences researcher.
"If ignored or otherwise not effectively managed, Palmer amaranth can reduce corn and soybean yield to nearly zero," said Aaron Hager. "The threat of Palmer amaranth during the 2014 growing season is very real across a large portion of Illinois." To read more on this story and others visit the Bulletin, pest management and crop development information for Illinois.
The spring series of University of Illinois Extension's Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, gets underway this month. The first session of the series is titled, The Basics of Growing Herbs. The program is offered on April 8 at 1:30 p.m. The session will be presented via computer at the University of Illinois Extension office, 1209 Wenthe Drive, Effingham, IL 62401. Other topics in the spring series include Pest Control Strategies in the Garden set for April 22 at 1:30 and Bargain Gardening set for May 6 at 1:30. The sessions are FREE to attend! Advance registration is needed at least one week in advance. Phone or email the local U of I Extension office for more details, 217-347-7773, firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online please visit the Unit 21 website
It's time to think Spring! University of Illinois Extension is pleased to launch a new Beyond Impatiens and Petunias website.
The site focuses on helping gardeners select the right plant for a given growing conditions. An extensive plant directory gives several plant suggestions for various growing environments including annuals for part to full shade and perennials that tolerate moist to wet soils. The site was developed by Greg Stack, Extension Horticulturist. You can visit the site at : http://urbanext.illinois.edu/beyond/
The University of Illinois Extension is pleased to launch a new website Vines: Climbers and Twiners. It includes a directory of 33 perennial, annual and honeysuckle vines as well as a discussion of how to select a vine for the home landscape. It includes information about support structures, vines on buildings, planting, maintenance, and methods of attachment. The site was developed by Greg Stack, Extension Horticulturist. Please visit the site at http://urbanext.illinois.edu/vines/
Garden enthusiasts who would like to share their love and knowledge of horticulture with young people are encouraged to attend a University of Illinois Extension Junior Master Gardener training. The training will cover the basic goals of the program and review the excellent teaching curriculum for the course, as well as provide hands-on learning activities based on the curriculum. Trainings are open to MGs, teachers, parents, home school leaders and others interested in learning about JMG. The sessions will be presented by Monica David, Illinois State Master Gardener Coordinator, and Bill Million, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development. Materials and program design, as well as how to start a Junior Master Gardener group will be covered. Cost for each workshop is $10 which covers lunch and hand-outs. Register online for these workshops here
Diabetes Lifelines newsletter is now on the Apple Newsstand as well as Diabetes Recipes for both android and iOS formats.
Also the new Catch the Carrot app for children is a great way to teach basic nutrition and food information to children. It can be a great resource for teachers who are looking for interactive ways to engage their students in teaching about healthy eating.
Go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/apps.cfm for more information about each app.