Spotted wing drosophila

By Emily Popp, U of M Extension Intern With raspberries ripening, gardeners become excited to eat their favorite jam, dessert, or raspberries by the handful. Of course, with such an amazing tasting fruit we aren’t the only ones who enjoy raspberries. Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) (Drosophila Suzuki) also enjoy feeding on such fruit. Spotted wing…

Apple scab in apples and crabapples

By Katherine Gathje, U of M Interim Extension Educator Apple scab is the most common disease among apple trees in many states. It is caused by a fungus that affects the appearance of the leaves and fruit. Here are some ways to identify apple scab and manage the disease. Apple scab creates noticeable spotting on…

Protecting your private well during drought

By Anne Nelson, Extension educator, water resources Approximately 75 percent of Minnesotans use groundwater as a drinking water source, and almost all water used for agricultural irrigation comes from groundwater. During times of drought, it is even more important to be conscious of water use and maintenance of your well and equipment. Groundwater levels in…

Caring for trees in dry weather

By Matt Russell, Extension Forestry Specialist As of July 1, 2021, approximately 80% of Minnesota is experiencing at least a moderate drought. Severe drought conditions are prevalent in several western and southern Minnesota counties. Coupled with the month of June 2021 being the second hottest on record in Minnesota, trees are facing difficult conditions to…

Striped cucumber beetles and Colorado potato beetles feeding on garden plants

By Katherine Gathje, Interim Extension Educator Striped cucumber beetles are commonly seen in and around gardens beginning in late May. These beetles like to spend winter under leaves or other garden debris to stay protected. They will feed on dandelions and other early flowering plants in the spring until garden host plants become available. Striped cucumber…

Be on the lookout for wild parsnip

By Katherine Gathje, Interim Extension Educator Wild parsnip is a noxious weed on the control list in Minnesota. It has continued to spread across the state over the past few years despite efforts to slow or stop the spread. Wild parsnip is one of the weeds on the list that are enforced by the Minnesota Noxious…

Beneficial insect: Six-spotted tiger beetle

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Over the past several weeks I have received a few insect identification questions that resulted in the six-spotted tiger beetle. Most often when I am writing about or discussing insects, I’m doing so to inform you on the status and prevention measures for emerald ash borer, spotted wing drosophila,…

Apple maggots

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension As the apples on your trees continue to grow, there are numerous factors that we need to consider. The apple maggot (Rhagoletis pomonella) is the most important insect pest to Minnesota-grown apples and typically starts to become active in July. Heavily infested apples are distorted, inedible and will have…

Watch for caterpillar tents in fruit trees

By Katherine Gathje, Interim Extension Educator Fruit trees in the area may be showing signs of caterpillars eating leaves and forming “tents” in the forks of trees. These are signs of Eastern tent caterpillars which are native to North America and feed on fruit trees in late May and in June. These caterpillars are distinguishable…

Water wisely

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension This year’s growing season is off to a fairly dry start in Central Minnesota. Your trees, lawn, and gardens may be noticing the lack of rain. There are a few things you can do to provide your plants with water while not compromising their health or root vigor.…