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From The Ground Up

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   This week's update includes a review of melon ripeness, talking to customers about blemished and otherwise ugly produce, some new insects to keep an eye on, some old insects that just keep persisting, and some notes about prioritizing...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     A large squash vine borer larva found in a secondary vine   Week of July 25   The week began with frustrating news — we found several squash vine borer larvae entry points on the main pumpkin vine. We were able to spot these entry...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   This week's update includes apple pest management, grape veraison, raspberry and blueberry harvest seasons, and day neutral strawberry troubleshooting.   First, are we in a drought again?   Many areas of Minnesota are getting a welcome...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   This week has brought some welcome respite from the heat and humidity, but drought conditions have persisted across much of the state. Crops seem to be responding well to the lower temperatures this week, with a few exciting new crops...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Hand pollinating the northern pumpkin   Week of July 11   With the giant pumpkins beginning to flower, we began to hand pollinate female flowers. Although the pollinators do a great job, we wanted to make sure that the flowers in the best...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Early blight attacks the oldest leaves first   Despite how dry much of the state is, we are still starting to see some common tomato diseases creeping in on Minnesota tomatoes. Seeing yellowing and spots appearing on the older leaves?...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Photo: A strawberry field after harvest and before renovation   This update discusses: how climate change is impacting berry production; mid-season apple pests; and last call for grape nitrogen applications. Strawberry renovation was...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   The main story this week is the heat. Keeping yourself and workers safe can be challenging during intense heatwaves, and plants are struggling to keep up. We also experienced the first wildfire smoke related air quality effects this season...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   No matter where extension educators have been traveling this summer, they have noticed dead flies stuck to stuff.  Dead flies stuck to flowers and garlic scapes and asparagus spears and the sides of buildings. What is going on?   Dead fly...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Growers are reporting large, colorful caterpillars hanging out in groups on assorted crops.  They are most often being seen brassica crops, though they have been spotted feeding on strawberries and tomatoes.   Large and colorful, zebra...

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