Pests and diseases

News

  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rain and temperatures are making it “party time” for the fungus that causes brown patch.
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  • Thursday, June 11, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Brown patch is a fungal disease of turfgrass that loves two things: heat and moisture.
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  • Friday, June 5, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Your beautiful tomato plant is setting fruit and soon has nice green tomatoes. Then, to your horror, a dark, sunken spot shows up at the bottom of the fruit. You might think an insect or disease has attacked your plant. But that’s not the case. It’s actually a physiological disorder called blossom-end rot that is caused by a calcium imbalance.
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  • Monday, June 1, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The second week of June is when chiggers begin digging into Missourians, says University of Missouri Extension entomologist Richard Houseman.
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  • Monday, June 1, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rose rosette is a fatal disease of roses. There are no resistant varieties and infected rose bushes must be destroyed, even the roots.
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  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
    ST. LOUIS, Mo.– The emerald ash borer has officially arrived in the city of St. Louis.
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  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers and homeowners in Missouri should be on the lookout for the brown marmorated stink bug this year.
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  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Just like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Sanitizing garden tools between uses will lower the risk of spreading diseases from one plant to another, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Friday, July 22, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Floods and severe storms can leave more than just people homeless. Displaced snakes, rodents and other nuisance wildlife often will seek shelter and food in areas close to people, said Bob Pierce, MU Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If the leaves of your roses, shrubs or soybeans look like swiss cheese, the culprit could be Japanese beetles.
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