Monthly Archives: July 2015

Eddie’s Corner: Japanese Beetle – The Stomach With Wings

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, July 13, 2015

Japanese BeetlesAs the temperature has risen, so have the insects that attack our favorite plants. If the leaves are showing a pattern of skeletonized leaves (leaves in which the green of the leaf is eaten, but the brown middle is still there), then you have been invaded by the Japanese beetle. They have an appetite that would put most teenagers to shame. The adult beetles eat almost everything in their path. Because of the numbers at which they emerge, the damage they cause is very noticeable, but it typically does not cause permanent damage to the plant.   Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Johnsongrass – Friend or Foe?

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, July 6, 2015

JohnsongrassA common sight right now is thick stands of what might be confused for early corn growing on roadsides, pastures, and hayfields. What you’re seeing is most likely Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense). One important question that is often asked is what good is this plant? Is it a beneficial forage plant or merely a persistent weed?  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Controlling Fleas

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, June 29, 2015

FleaAs the summer has heated up, the battle cry has become, “Fleas are eating us alive. What should I use to control them?” The answer is that you need to use persistence! But before you go off to buy a chemical called ‘Persistence’, allow me to explain.  Continue reading