May 25, 2017
Host Richard Hentschel talks about just a few things we might be able to do outdoors while the weather remains so cool and wet. Vegetables and flowers may develop differently during this time of year with such a different weather pattern. You never want to work in the flower or vegetable garden when the foliage is wet, and keeping foliage off the ground and separated by mulches will aid with disease management.
May 11, 2017
Host Richard Hentschel talks about foliar diseases, especially those that affect our ornamental flowering crabapples and our apple trees in the home orchard. Cedar Apple Rust requires both an evergreen and a deciduous host. Right now, the evergreen side is obvious to spot with jelly-like orange fingers on a gall, which is sending out spores to our apples and crabapples. The second disease is that of Apple Scab, which can be more damaging to the apple crop and visually on the crabapple.
May 4, 2017
Host Richard Hentschel discusses a recent national and Midwest weather pattern report from a number of weather-related organizations and its impacts on crop farming, livestock and horticultural crops, such as fruit tree and vegetable crops. We could be in for another couple of weeks of below normal weather. The report talks about potential snowfalls and excessive rains.