Important Gypsy Moth Info!

While the feeding damage of gypsy moth caterpillars has been done for some time, the egg masses that are present now can predict what the future holds and what populations are expected to do in 2017.  Egg masses laid this year are tan and felt-like in appearance (upper egg mass in the photo).  Older egg masses are faded and much lighter in color and appear weathered (lower egg mass in the photo). 

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Ohio Department of Agriculture's (ODA) Gypsy Moth Suppression Program check out their website at...

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Amy Stone

Annual of the Week: Portulaca (Moss Rose)

Portulaca has become my re-discovered, new favorite annual flowering plant.  My wife sowed seed six years ago in our Portulaca-planter shown in this photo; it hasn't been re-seeded or re-planted since.  The planter is setting on our driveway with a southern exposure and gets watered when I think of it which isn't very often.  Over the past four weeks, we've had inconsistent rainfall at our home and day after day of 85 F. or better; many days in the 90s.  The plants are thriving and have never looked better!

 

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2016 Ohio Local Foods Week

Information for this post was provided by OSU Extension Educators Patrice Powers-Barker and Heather Neikirk, Co-Leaders of the OSU Extension Local Foods Signature Program. 

 

Join Ohioans from across the state in a celebration of local foods August 7-13, 2016. OSU Extension educators are working with communities to showcase their local food producers through special events and educational programs.

 

Why Ohio Local Foods Week?

  • Agriculture is Ohio’s number one industry contributing jobs for one in seven Ohioans, and more...
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Sneak A Zucchini On A Neighbor's Porch

If you have ever grown zucchini, you know that it can be pretty prolific.  There are usually summer days that you could eat it at every meal - and there would still be extras.  So what to do with all the excess?  Why not share it with neighbors, friends, family, or others in your community in need. 

 

Here is a fun way to start the sharing.  August 8 is National Sneak A Zucchini On Your Neighbor's Porch.  Have you ever celebrated?  Don't let another year go by without participating.  Although the day says "porch," but why not try desk or office?  Extra produce can also be...

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Redheads in Southwest Ohio

Southern and central Ohio do not appear to be experiencing an "outbreak" of our native fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea) this season.  However, I'm seeing some relatively high localized populations and this lead to a surprising discovery of red-headed webworms in southwest Ohio.
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Tree of the Week: RIver BIrch

  In choosing river birch (Betula nigra), it is perhaps wishful thinking or imagining a more moderate summer, since as this tree’s name suggests droughty conditions are not preferred. River birch will survive our dry summer throughout much of Ohio this year, but leaf drop and poor color now in some cases reminds us to plant it in sites that provide moist, well-drained, acid soils with plenty of organic matter.   

 

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Jim Chatfield

Spittlebug on Walnut and Frothy Thinking

I posted a BYGL Alert! about spittlebugs on hackberry ("Odd Spittlebug on Hackberry") yesterday.  I could have added another odd spittlebug to the post - and solved an old misconception - had I waited until later in the day to write the report.  Yesterday afternoon I came across the tell-tale frothy masses of a spittlebug on black walnut (Juglans nigra) while hiking around Miami Whitewater Forest - Great Parks of Hamilton County.  The spittle-masses were located on the twigs and in the leaf axils.  Oddly, the consistency of the froth was much like the spittle-masses...

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Diagnosis: Broad Mites on Hydrangea

  I visited a nursery this past Thursday morning. Problem: Unidentified damage on hydrangea liners - severe leaf distortion and plant stunting, resembling herbicide injury, but this hypothesis made no sense given grower expertise and practices and the spatial relationship of affected plants. The picture above illustrates the difference between normal and affected hydrangeas. One mistake I made: I did not take out my hand lens.  Left samples at OSU-Plant Pathology by Thursday afternoon.

Diagnosis: Received e-mailed results from...

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Odd Spittlebug on Hackberry

During Wednesday's diagnostic walk-about in Shawnee Lookout - Great Parks of Hamilton County, Kathy Smith (OSU Extension Program Director - Forestry), spotted an unusual spittlebug on common hackberry (Celtis occidentalis).  The spittlebug nymphs were confined to the stems of the fruit (drupe); we could find none feeding anywhere else on two heavily infested trees.
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Yellownecked Caterpillars Rear Their Heads and Other End

Thanks to the sharp eyes of Lenny Farlee (Extension Forester, Purdue University), the congregated yellownecked caterpillar (Datana ministra) colony shown in this picture was discovered yesterday during a diagnostic walk-about he, Kathy Smith (OSU Extension Program Director - Forestry), and I lead in Shawnee Lookout Park in southwest Ohio.  You may recognize the genus, Datana, because we've had a bumper crop of walnut caterpillars (D. integerrima) this season (see Alert on July 15, 2016, "Walnut Caterpillars on the Prowl").

 

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