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Our pasture fenceline is full of hedge apples. Is that what you call them? Other names are Osage oranges, horse apples, monkey brains/balls, and more. I always put a few in the basement as an...
Here are steps you can take to beat the heat.
Things we already don’t like about summer, like bugs and extreme heat, are only going to get worse, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The Council released a tip...
Their noise makes some people hopping mad
I love listening to tree frogs sing, but they sure let out an amazing amount of noise for critters only two-inches long. Some people find them downright annoying, and we had one radio listener ask us...
Be smarter than the bugs and save your crop
Leafy greens are among the most popular plants grown for home use and farmer’s markets. Unfortunately, insects like eating salad too.   Rick Weinzierl is an extension entomology...
A beneficial bug with some bad habits
My house seems to be the choice location for lady beetles to hang out over the winter. I’ll find dozens of them loitering in the windowsills and even on a ceiling fan. Steve Jacobs is an...
The varroa mite can kill off entire colonies of bees if left untreated
Enemy number one for honey producers is a tiny parasitic mite called the "varroa destructor", and is a prime suspect in colony collapse disorder. It's the size of a pinhead, but to a...
Flies are a nuisance around your horses and stables. Follow these tips to help keep flies away from your stables and barns.
Flies are a nuisance around your chicken coop. Follow these tips to help keep flies away from your chickens.
Break the cycle with good sanitation, crop rotation, and catching them early
You love to grow squash, melons, and pumpkins in your gardens. Squash bugs really appreciate your effort. Kelly Allsup is an extension horticulture educator at the University of Illinois. She...
Beef producers should be on the lookout for lice infestations and have a plan for controlling the spread to prevent animal stress
Lice is a noticeable problem in cold weather when cattle have heavy winter hair coats, says Ron Lemenager, Purdue Extension beef specialist. "That's the perfect scenario for lice populations...