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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...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Use raked leaves as mulch around trees, shrubs and perennials. Save time later this fall by cleaning empty rain barrels now.   Basic practices like watering in the morning and using mulches to keep the soil moist remain very important....
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     As we enter the middle of summer, you may have gaps in your vegetable garden for a few reasons. Maybe you’ve finished harvesting your early spring vegetables, or perhaps certain things didn’t germinate as well as you had hoped. At this...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   We are transitioning into full-on summer: zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes are being harvested, and sweet corn isn't far behind. The good news for next week is that a cool front is expected. The bad news is that the cool front is...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   With clearer skies and cooler nights, this week is providing some respite from a hot and smoky summer in Minnesota. However, temperatures across the globe are hitting record highs. This week's update includes an overview of fruiting...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Most growers got some much needed rain this week, but continued air quality issues has made field work challenging. Due a variety of challenges growers have faced this spring, this update includes some notes about pivoting late in the...

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