msu extension

10:02 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Tomato Gardeners Warned About Fast-Spreading Disease

Officials say infected plants must be immediately thrown out to avoid damaging healthy ones
A disease called "late blight" is killing tomato plants here in Michigan. It is the same disease responsible for the Irish potato famine. The disease is a fungus-like organism called phytophthora infestans. The disease has been reported in 10 Michigan counties, and is spreading fast according to Lina Rodriguez Salamanca, MSU extension educator.
5:15 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

This Summer, Look Out for Poison Ivy

Outdoor experts have warned that ticks and mosquitoes will be abundant this year. Now they're adding a plant to the pest list.
The gentle spring rains that have been fabulous for your flower gardens can be blamed for those blistery, itching, scratch-till-they-hurt sores as well. Poison ivy - the annual threat to campers, anglers, hikers and even suburb dwellers - is "more robust" this year than usual because of the moisture, said Rebecca Finneran, horticulture educator at Michigan State University Extension.
12:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Local Fruit Crops Mostly in Good Shape

Raspberry plants at a farm in Van Buren County in early spring.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Southwest Michigan’s fruit season generally gets underway in April. By July most growers have their hands full managing their crops. But in between, many attend weekly meetings held by the MSU Extension.

Their discussions cover every factor that could affect the harvest, from pests to weather. This year the harsh winter took a bite out of several crops, including grapes, peaches and cherries. But much of the news this season is positive.

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5:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Fruit Growers Continue to Battle Invasive Fly

Isaacs holds a tube of spotted wing drosophila at the extension's Fennville research center.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Most people have seen an overripe peach or banana succumb to fruit flies. It's annoying to find the little winged bugs buzzing around your fruit bowl.

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