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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Melons are one of the trickiest plants to grow, because the guidelines around harvest are confusing and often contradictory. I often hear growers express frustration because their melons seem ripe but don’t have much flavor, or because...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     Flowers infected with aster yellows   Aster yellows is a fairly common disease that can cause strange symptoms in a wide variety of plants. It can infect over 300 kinds of plants in 48 families, including a wide variety of vegetables,...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Map of woodlands of Minnesota, courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources   The St. Louis Moraines and Tamarack Lowlands (region 4 in the map shown here) covers parts of Itasca, Aitkin, Carlton, St. Louis, Crow Wing, and Cass...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   The weather has finally eased up a little bit, we hope this update finds you happily harvesting. Read on for information on some issues growers are finding this week.   Crop updates   Solanaceous crops are all being harvested, and some...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Although Japanese beetle (JB) adults continue to be active throughout August to early September, we shared good news last week that beetle numbers on most host plants/crops are beginning to decline. The gradual reduction in adult...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Pale swallow-wort forms small buds before flowering.   Be on the lookout for pale swallow-wort, one of the newer noxious weeds in Minnesota. A vining herbaceous plant originally from Russia and Ukraine, pale swallow-wort has smooth, green...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Hot weather can cause tomato flowers to wither and become brittle, falling off the plant easily.   It has been a hot few weeks in Minnesota, and people are reporting disappointing yields in their vegetable gardens. Bushy cucumber plants...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   At this point in the season most growers are juggling a bit of everything: planting, weeding, harvesting, and dealing with mid-season issues like increasing insect and disease pressure. It’s also a key time where your management practices...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   As of this week, and with the record number of days over 90F this summer, the Japanese beetle (JB) is rapidly approaching the end of its annual emergence curve. As of Monday, July 30th, we will be between 75-90% emergence for southern...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     Ecosystems are complex networks of organisms, from the bacteria in the soil to the largest mammals in the forest. These living communities evolve to become well-adapted to their environment and each other, creating a careful balance...

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