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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...
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   Week of June 27   Noah burying a pumpkin vine. We were lucky to receive some rain this week, which has allowed our pumpkins to get a much needed break from the heat. Several more squash vine borers were spotted, so insecticide was sprayed...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   The garden season is in full swing, which means insect season is also upon us.  Extension educators from Blue Earth to Cook county (and everywhere in between) are fielding questions about all kinds of bugs on all kinds of plants.  Here are...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     'Romeo' tart cherries ripening on July 5, 2022. These trees opened for U-pick in Nisswa over the weekend. Photo: Annie Klodd   Apples Insects: Japanese beetles, codling moths, and apple maggots are currently active. Continue using...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   June 27, 2022   A garden with grapevines showing herbicide damage Every summer around this time, I see symptoms of herbicide damage on my peppers, grapevines and tomatoes. The leaves grow in strange shapes, curl inward, and are smaller...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   As peppers set fruit, there are often concerns about mushy spots and alarming black fuzz on fruit. While the first instinct is often that this is caused by a disease, it is often a physiological disorder at the root of the problem....

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