Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report

Condition Monitoring Report
Station Number: OH-HM-24
Station Name: Cheviot 3.4 W
Report Date: 10/21/2017
Submitted: 10/21/2017 3:54 AM
Scale Bar: Mildly Dry
Description:
0.08-inch rainfall in past 7 days. The soil is drying out but evaporation rates have slowed and vegetation is green and not drought stressed.
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Agriculture
Plants & Wildlife

Magnolia Scale Update

I first reported on Magnolia Scale (Neolecanium cornuparvum) this season in June when the maturing females were “puffing-up” and pumping out honeydew (see BYGL Alert, “Magnolia Scale is Pumping-Out Honeydew,” June 16, 2017). My lengthy BYGL post included a description of the life-cycle for this “soft scale” as well as information on management options.
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Joe Boggs

Delayed Woolly Bear Crawl-About?

Bristly “woolly bear” caterpillars commence their annual crawl-abouts in search of sheltered winter quarters in the fall; it’s usually sometime in September in Ohio. They may be found on sidewalks, walking trails, roadways, or on the walls of homes and buildings. However, insects are sometimes made most noticeable by their absence.
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Joe Boggs

Ode to the Buttonwood Tree

I often ask students in Master Gardener classes “what is a buttonwood tree?” to illustrate the challenge with common names of plants. Unlike scientific names, there is no recognized governing body that standardizes common names of plants. Consequently, plant names may vary widely (wildly?) owing to differences in the cultural backgrounds of people living in different geographical regions, among other things.
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Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report

Station Number: OH-HM-24
Station Name: Cheviot 3.4 W
Report Date: 10/14/2017
Submitted: 10/14/2017 6:16 AM
Scale Bar: Near Normal
Description:
2.55 inches of rain in the past week. Condition Monitoring had progressed to moderately dry a week ago so this rain was desperately needed. Good soil moisture now.
Categories: General Awareness
Agriculture
Plants & Wildlife

Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report

Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report

Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report

Station Number: OH-HM-24

Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report 9.16.17

Station Number: OH-HM-24

Guignardia Leaf Blotch Running Rampant

boggs.47 Tue, 07/25/2017 – 10:38

Our continual wet weather over much of Ohio this season has been a two-edged sword. On one hand, we haven’t had to drag hoses to water our landscapes. On the other hand, a number of fungal plant pathogens that require wet conditions to infect and produce their associated diseases are running rampant. Such is obviously the case for Guignardia aesculi; the fungus responsible for Guignardia Leaf Blotch of Aesculus.
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Fall Webworm Update and More Red-Heads Found

Fall Webworm has two generations per season in Ohio. The “fall” in the webworm’s common name is based on the appearance of second generation nests late in the season. First generation nests began to appear in southern Ohio in late May and second generation caterpillars are now on the scene. Localized fall webworm populations are high throughout the state with nests becoming more evident as they undergo late-season expansion.
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Antlions are the Pits

I was thrilled to come across the conical pits of Antlions yesterday; the handiwork of one of my favorite insects. I had become concerned that above average rainfall this season had drowned-out a robust year for these fascinating predators. However, the localized population in the home landscaping I visited appeared to be very healthy with pits in several locations.
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Bagworms in the Bag

This has been an active season for Common Bagworms in Ohio with heavy localized populations observed in many areas of the state. Thankfully, the damage caused by these caterpillars wrapped in silk bags festooned with host plant debris is drawing to a close. A high percentage of bagworms in Ohio have now tied their bags to anchorage points and closed their bags’ openings in preparation for pupation.
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Curtis E. Young

White Masses on Stems of Wafer-Ash, Redbud, and Other Trees

Participants in the S.W. Ohio BYGLive! Diagnostic Walk-About held this past Monday in the Boone County Arboretum (Union, KY) observed wafer-ash stems festooned with small, sticky, snowy-white masses. The masses could easily be mistaken for a soft scale, mealybug, or perhaps an insect egg mass. In fact, they are the “egg plugs” of the Two-Marked Treehopper (order Hemiptera; family Membracidae).
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Joe Boggs