Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report

Condition Monitoring Report
Station Number: OH-HM-24
Station Name: Cheviot 3.4 W
Report Date: 5/20/2017
Submitted: 5/20/2017 6:53 AM
Scale Bar: Mildly Wet
Description:

7 day rainfall 0.29. 13 week rainfall 21.40. Below normal rainfall over the past 7 days combined with hot temperatures and frequent breezes allowed for good drying this week and finally allowed seemingly perpetually flooded and boggy areas to dry out some. Runoff has eased, rivers have receded a bit, and some fields have become workable.

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Agriculture

What Good is Dead Wood?

When you hear a barred owl calling “whooo, who cooks for you?” in the woods, chances are it’s calling from a nest cavity in the limb of a dying tree. When you see the bright red head of a woodpecker as it streaks through the forest, chances are it’s flying from the home it excavated in a hollow snag. When you encounter a fox, field mouse, opossum, raccoon or other woodland mammal, chances are that dead logs, stumps and brush on the forest floor provide the cover these creatures need to survive. And when you turn over a fallen log to find a salamander, you uncover the hidden world that thrives beneath the moist, decaying wood. Read more here>>>

Recent Cold Temperatures Leaves a Variable Path of Damage to Plants in Ohio

 

Depending on your geographical location in Ohio, the location of the plant, the actual low temperature, the plant species, as well as the growth stage on the species, the results of frost and freeze damage was variable across the state this past week.  Frost and freeze damage is so interesting because of so many variables.  A plant in a certain stage of growth may be more susceptible to frost or freeze damage than at other times.  The location of the plant in the garden may dictate the extent of the damage.  For instance, there might be two of the exact same plants in the same garden with…

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Pam Bennett

UPDATE: Early-Emerging Periodical Cicadas

 

In my May 1, 2017, BYGL Alert! posting (Please Report Early-Bird Periodical Cicadas), I noted that Gene Kritsky (Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati) was predicting that we will see an “early emergence” of some members of Brood X of the 17-year periodical cicadas (Magicicada spp.) this spring even though this brood is not expected to emerge full force until 2021. In fact, as you can see by the photos I took in Springdale (Hamilton County), OH, the emergence is now well underway.
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Joe Boggs

 

Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report

Condition Monitoring Report
Station Number: OH-HM-24
Station Name: Cheviot 3.4 W
Report Date: 4/21/2017
Submitted: 4/21/2017 9:23 PM
Scale Bar: Severely Wet
Description:
Soil is wet. Ground is completely saturated with water. Areas of standing water and hillside runoff. Lawns and vegetation are lush and growing rapidly. Heavy storms with significant flash flooding 6 days ago. 2.47 inches of rain in the past 7 days and 13.5 inches of rain in the past 7 weeks. Rainfall has been somewhat localized so effects on local rivers have been moderate.
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Agriculture

Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report

Station Number: OH-HM-24
Station Name: Cheviot 3.4 W
Report Date: 4/14/2017
Submitted: 4/14/2017 9:34 PM
Scale Bar: Moderately Wet
Description:
Soil is very damp. The ground is still partially saturated with water but with significant drying over the past week.
Not much standing water remaining. Local plants and pastures are healthy and lush. Water bodies remain slightly more full than normal.
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Ash Treatment Recommendations Remain Unchanged

As Emerald Ash Borer continues to spread, we have been saying that over time we may be able to back off some on treatment. The jury is still out on that and conversations with experts such as Dr. Dan Hermes and Joe Boggs of The Ohio State University confirm that not only do we need to keep up the two-year treatment interval with Treeage, but it is unclear when, or even if, we will be able to step down treatment.

At Arbor Doctor, we still believe we will be able to step down at some point. However, we also are committed to following the best recommendation and that is to maintain the 2-year treatment interval.

Just a reminder that we treat after leaves emerge fully. Most treatments should be completed by the end of June.

Spring 2017 Progression Similar To 2016

So, how is spring shaping up? As of March 29, Cincinnati was near 200 growing degree days. A year ago we were around 190 on the same date so we are close to where we were a year ago.

Growing Degree Days are a measurement of the growth and development of plants and insects during the growing season. Development does not occur at this time unless the temperature is above a minimum threshold value (base temperature). A base temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit is considered acceptable for all plants and insects.

Using phenology research, we can predict approximate bloom times and pest emergence with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Here is where we were as of this writing:

CINCINNATI – 3/29/2017 199

Compact Garland Spirea – Spirea x arguta full bloom 205

Koreanspice Viburnum – Viburnum carlesii full bloom 205

Azalea Lace Bug – Stephanitis pyrioides egg hatch 206

Spring Snow Crabapple – Malus x spring snow full bloom 209

Viburnum Leaf Beetle – Pyrrhalta viburni first egg hatch 210

Large Crabgrass – first seedling emergence 211

Carolina Silverbell – Halesia tetraptera first bloom 213

Common Floweringquince – Chaenomeles speciosa full bloom 214

Birch Leafminer – Fenusa pusilla adult emergence 215

Coral Burst Crabapple – Malus coralcole first bloom 217

Spring Weather Outlook

Spring is looking very active and stormy. With a very active jet stream, temperatures should be above normal in general, although late frosts remain possible in such a pattern. An active spring weather pattern favors severe weather.

Drought does not look likely in the spring in Cincinnati. Soils are currently wet and an active weather pattern favors additional precipitation chances.

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Welcome To Spring Part 2

As we head into April, temperatures are warming up and spring is busting out all over.

What do I mean by Part 2? Well, remember, it got really warm in February and early March, followed by mid-winter cold in mid-March. The February warmth woke everything up and some plants were even blooming in some cases. The March cold stopped that progression and even killed some blooms. We don’t know if there will be any long-term damage, probably not. However, with warmer temperatures returning we are now off and running into spring.

Rainfall has been excessive in some areas. Some soils are waterlogged and this may lend itself to some root disease issues in sensitive plants like taxus and juniper.

March 25 Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report

Condition Monitoring Report
Station Number: OH-HM-24
Station Name: Cheviot 3.4 W
Report Date: 3/25/2017
Submitted: 3/25/2017 10:41 AM
Scale Bar: Moderately Wet
Description:
Over 7 inches of rain in the past month. Soil is very damp. The ground is partially saturated with water. Standing water present in low areas and ditches. Local plants, crops, or pastures are healthy and lush. Water bodies slightly more full than normal.
Categories: General Awareness