Purdue Extension Advisor Larry Caplan Wins National Award

SWMIGA’S Purdue Extension Advisor, Larry Caplan, was recently recognized with a Distinguished Service Award at the national meeting of County Extension Educators in Salt Lake City, Utah. Over 80 students are enrolled in the two Master Gardener volunteer training classes that Larry is teaching this fall (beginning August 31 and September 1) at Ivy Tech…

Problems from abundant rain ~

Abundant, frequent rains promotes disease problems. We are seeing leaf spots on vegetables, annuals, and perennials; these should be sprayed with labeled fungicide products at the first sign of symptoms. This won’t cure the infected leaves, but it will help prevent the infection from spreading. Fruit trees are already showing leaf spots (apple scab on…

Mushroom Hunting

Larry Caplan says: When he was in college, his mycology (fungi) professor had this saying: “There are OLD mushroom hunters, And there are BOLD mushroom hunters, But there are no OLD, BOLD mushroom hunters!” It was his little way of warning them to be absolutely, positively certain of our identification before putting anything in our…

Flooding and Your Gardens!

Wet Feet The University of Kentucky has just released a new publication entitled “Wet Feet of Ornamentals”.  “Wet feet” is the common term for a condition that affects plant species intolerant of wet growing conditions.  This problem occurs when soils become saturated with water for prolonged periods, injuring roots.  Once root damage occurs, plants decline…

APPS for Gardeners

Larry Caplan shared this: I’ve been playing with a number of garden- and nature-related apps on my iPhone, and I thought I’d share some of them with you. Please note, I don’t know if these are available on other smart phones or computers; I also have no monetary stake in any of these apps or…

ZIKA Virus

You may have been hearing in the news about a “new” disease called Zika virus, which is a mosquito-borne disease that can cause birth defects if pregnant women are infected.  While this disease is mostly found in more tropical areas of Central and South America, the types of mosquitoes that carry it can be found…

Purdue Publications

Below is a sample of some of the numerous Forestry and Natural Resource publications and videos. Extension publication numbers ending with “W” are available as a pdf download on the web.  Publications, apps and videos are available on the web through the Purdue Extension resource center at https://www.purdue.edu/fnr/extension/resources/publications/ Forest Birds FNR-518-WV Purdue University Professor, Barny Dunning, and…