MSU Urban IPM Program - Urban IPM News & Notes
Gall wasps and woodpecker damage on bur oakSubmitted on: 05/20/2014
We have recently received some bur oak samples in the Schutter Diagnostic Lab that have sustained serious woodpecker injury. The tops of the trees have been stripped of their bark, and many wasp larvae are situated right underneath the bark. For more information see the attached file.
Chilling Injury on OrnamentalsSubmitted on: 05/09/2014
The attached article has very useful information and photos of cold injury to new leaves on ornamental plants. Plants do not have to be subjected to freezing temperatures; but damage can result from rapid temperature changes for critial time periods to newly emerging leaves. It is not unusual for us to receive samples in June for damage that actually occurred in May. So be aware and watch plants for early symptoms. Linnea Skoglund
Reports of Woolly Apple AphidsSubmitted on: 04/24/2014
The Schutter Diagnostic Lab has received two samples (Missoula Co and Lincoln Co in Libby) in the last couple weeks of pear and apple branches with some swellings or pseudogalls around the buds and bases of the twigs. These swellings appear to match those made by the woolly apple aphid. See the attached fact sheet for detailed information about this important pest. Contact Laurie Kerzicnik, 406-994-5704, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
Winter Injury of EvergreensSubmitted on: 04/09/2014
Many samples, photos and queries about damage to evergreens (mostly spruce and pine) are coming to the Schutter Diagnotic Lab. Most of these are cases of winter injury. Attached is a newsletter from USU. This edition includes information on:
Conifer Winter Injury
Spruce Ips beetles (bark beetles)
White pine weevil
Honeylocust plant bug
You can also find this issue online: http://utahpests.usu.edu/IPM/htm/advisories/landscape
Pain in the Ash?Submitted on: 03/24/2014
"Pain in the Ash"
Sunday, March 30, 6 pm on PBS
MSU entomologist Mike Ivie will discuss the Emerald Ash Borer and its recent discovery in Colorado. What needs to be done to protect Montana's ash trees? What is the prognosis for early control? Tune in to get current and accurate information about EAB.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug WebinarSubmitted on: 03/24/2014
Worried that Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) will become a problem on plants in Montana? The Schutter Diagnostic Lab in collaboration with the Great Plains Diagnostic Network hosted a webinar
on this new invasive pest that is not yet reported in Montana. A recording is available at http://connect.ksre.ksu.edu/p4cbkmnicd4/
TITLE: An Introduction to the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
PRESENTER: James Jasinski, Associate
Professor, Extension Educator, Ohio State University, Urbana, OH
Linnea Skoglund (email@example.com)
Greenhouse Pest WorkshopSubmitted on: 01/30/2014
Greenhouse Pesticide and Pests Management Workshop
Thursday March 6, 2014
8:30 to noon
134 Animal Sciences Building
Register by March 3rd. See attachment for information.
Pesticide Performance and Water QualitySubmitted on: 01/30/2014
Adam Sigler, Water Quality Extension Associate Specialist, and Cecil Tharp, Pesticide Education Specialist, have compiled resources within a new MontGuide titled “Pesticide Performance and Water Quality”. This publication provides helpful information on pH, dissolved minerals, suspended solids, water testing tools, and tables including common pesticides. You can view this on the MSU Pesticide Education website at http://www.pesticides.montana.edu/Reference/pesticidesandwaterquality.pdf
or order hard copies from MSU Distribution at (406)994-3273.
Donate to Diagnostic LabSubmitted on: 01/30/2014
It is now possible to make a donation to the Schutter Diagnostic Lab. To support the continuation of diagnostic and educational services, please consider making a donation online or by phone (800-457-1696). All gifts are processed by the Montana State University Alumni Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Please reference Solicitation Code AG14CAGPS. Thank you.
Insect Diagnostician Joins Schutter Diagnostic LabSubmitted on: 11/19/2013
Laurie Kerzicnik recently joined the Schutter Diagnostic Lab as the insect diagnostic and IPM specialist. She has the following to say about herself. She can be reached at the Schutter Lab or at 56 Marsh Lab, 406-994-5704.
"I just joined the Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Department at Montana State University as the new Insect Diagnostician and Assistant IPM Specialist. My background is with IPM and spiders as pest control agents in agroecosystems. I received my Master’s and PhD in Entomology from Colorado State University. In addition to my educational background, I did a lot of entomology and arachnology outreach to K-12 schools, the community, and to growers. I traveled around to schools with tarantulas, spiders, mantids, scorpions, and cockroaches for hands-on learning. I love extension and serving as a link between science education and the community. I look forward to working with faculty, extension agents, growers, and the community."
Free IPM FormSubmitted on: 11/12/2013
A free forum on new technologies in pesticide education, weeds and insect management will be offered Thursday, Dec. 5, in Bozeman.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Comfort Inn. Those who wish to attend should pre-register by contacting Montana State University Pesticide Education Specialist Cecil Tharp at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 994-5067.
The program will be worth four private applicator credits, as well as three commercial/government credits in the categories of aerial, dealer, ag plant pest, forest pest, ornamental and turf, right of way, and regulatory weed. There will also be credits for the Certified Urban IPM Practitioner program.
Emerald Ash Borer in Colorado (1 October 2013)Submitted on: 10/01/2013
The emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Boulder, Colorado. This is the western-most occurrence for this invasive pest. It has not been found in any state bordering on Montana. The Montana Department of Agriculture maintains a monitoring program through the use of traps set throughout the state. You may direct your questions to Cam Lay (406-444-3790) and Ian Foley (406-444-9454) until the end of October when the Schutter Diagnostic Lab insect diagnostician will be available (405-994-5150).
Aminopyralid banned in New York (25 July 2013)Submitted on: 07/25/2013
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[vtdigger.org 10 June 2013] -- A herbicide that tainted Green Mountain Compost (GMC) last summer can no longer legally be used on Vermont pastures. But compost companies still worry the chemical will find its way into their products. The GMC compost, made at the Chittenden Solid Waste District facility in Williston, damaged or killed some broadleaf garden plants, such as tomatoes, costing the district at least $800,000. The cause of the contamination was found to be aminopyralid. That agent is found in Dow weed-control products Milestone and Forefront and it apparently entered Green Mountain Compost in manure from horses that consumed feed treated with aminopyralid products. Milestone is used to kill up to 85 plant varieties. The discovery was the result of many months of forensic work by CSWD, the state Agency of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and pesticide giant Dow Agrosciences. The identification of aminopyralid as the cause of the compost contamination led to Dow voluntarily changing its labeling of the chemical, ruling out its use on pastures in New England or for any purpose in New York. Any violation, or off-label use, is a federal offense. The new restrictions are aimed at keeping aminopyralid out of horse feed, specifically hay. Horse manure is often a key ingredient in local compost.
2013 Northern Rockies Tree School (revised)Submitted on: 04/08/2013
"Risky Business", the Northern Rockies Tree School, will take place Sept. 19th & 20th in Dillon, MT. You will earn CEU's for ISA and MSU Urban IPM Certifications. Cost is only $90 (before Sept. 6th) and includes meals and breaks! The pre-conference workshop is cancelled.
2013 Northern Rockies Tree SchoolSubmitted on: 04/05/2013
"Risky Business", the Northern Rockies Tree School, will take place Sept. 19th & 20th in Dillon, MT. You will earn CEU's for ISA and MSU Urban IPM Certifications. Cost is only $90 (before Sept. 6th) and includes meals and breaks! There is a pre-conference workshop on Urban Insects and Diseases on Sept. 18th.
MUCFA Meeting April 18-19Submitted on: 04/05/2013
Attached is the agenda for the next Montana Urban & Community Forestry Association meeting on April 18-19, 2013 in Billings. This will be a very informative and educational meeting. Be ready for some outdoor time practicing Emerald Ash Borer monitoring methods.
Try to stay downtown at the Crown Plaza. Phone: (406) 252-7400 or Bestwestern (406) 259-5511.
Contact : Jamie Kirby 406-542-4288 email@example.com
Arborists' BreakfastsSubmitted on: 03/27/2013
Join arborists in Helena and Bozeman for breakfast and a chance to come together and discuss topics. Upcoming breakfasts:
Tree Risk Assessment BMPs
Bozeman - April 9th
Helena - April 10th
Webinar on MitesSubmitted on: 02/22/2013
Mites - From Bad to Beneficial - in Gardens and Greenhouses
Jody Fetzer, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens; Washington D.C.
This webinar was recorded on February 20th as part of the Great Plains Diagnostic Network webinar series. Jody Fetzer, an expert acarologist, covers ID of eriophyid, spider and broad mites. She gives tips on using predatory mites and current information about pesticides that really work – or not. This is a great webinar for anyone dealing with plants.
To view the webinar, go to http://connect.ksre.ksu.edu/p86504661/
Contact Linnea Skoglund (406-994-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Don’t Bug Me Webinar Series 2013Submitted on: 02/20/2013
Don’t Bug Me Webinar Series 2013
First Friday of the Month Series
All it takes is a computer with internet connection. Webinars take place at 12 o’clock mountain time and last 30 – 45 minutes. The webinars are sponsored by eXtension and are presented by experts from several universities.
March 1 - Ants! Ants! Ant!
April 5 and May 3 and September 4 are about fire ants
June 7 – Get Rid of Those Bed Bugs
October 2 - Home Invaders
November 6 - Keeping Ants off the Thanksgiving Table
Insect IPM WorkshopSubmitted on: 02/07/2013
The MSU Urban IPM Program is sponsoring a workshop, "Insect IPM in the Urban Landscape". Registration is limited so send your's in now.
When: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, March 19, 2013
Where: Holiday Inn Express, 2305 Catron St., Bozeman, MT
Cost: $60 including lunch. Due by March 11th.
For the registration form and more information, visit http://www.urbanipm.org.
Impatiens Downy Mildew WebinarSubmitted on: 01/15/2013
Join the Schutter Diagnostic Lab for a webinar on Downy mildew on impatiens tomorrow, January 16th, at 9:00 MT. Dr. Aaron Palmateer, University of Florida, will address the impact of downy mildew on impatiens in Florida and current results from disease management trials. Contact Linnea Skoglund (406-994-5150 or email@example.com).
The webinar can be viewed at http://connect.ksre.ksu.edu/gpdnseminars/. To log in type your name and affiliation in the guest box. Once there click on “Audio” at the top of the screen, then “Start Audio Conference”. This will list three options, choose “Receive call from meeting” and enter your phone number. If this does not work, there is a manual conference number 1-866-910-4857, participant code 447113. Urban IPM Certification credit will be offered.
2013 Webinar series: Plant Pathology and EntomologySubmitted on: 12/14/2012
You are invited to join the Schutter Diagnostic Lab and Great Plains Diagnostic Network online seminar series. Topics include Impatiens Downy mildew (a new and devastating disease), Virus diseases of brambles, Durability of resistance in wheat, and others. Webinars take place each Wednesday at 9 am MT and will start January 16th. The webinars can be attended by going to: http://connect.ksre.ksu.edu/gpdnseminars/ Contact Linnea Skoglund (firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-994-5150) with any questions.
WINTER CARE OF TREES AND SHRUBSSubmitted on: 12/07/2012
Tree and Shrub Protection
Common Mistakes around Sidewalks
Tree Doctor AppSubmitted on: 10/12/2012
Announcing the release of the Purdue Tree Doctor App
The Purdue Tree Doctor App is available for $1.99 from the Purdue Education Store https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?item_number=ID-452-APP or the Apple App store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/purdue-tree-doctor/id561944017?mt=8. This app uses over 1100 hi resolution photos of symptoms and signs to diagnose over 175 disorders (insect, disease, and other) on over 60 tree genera. It also runs on the I-Pod touch and the I-pad.
For more details please see the news release http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2012/Q4/tree-doctor-app-can-help-homeowners-diagnose-problems.html
While this will cover plants and pests not found in Montana and will not cover some of what we do have, it might still be very useful.
2012 Forestry MiniCollegeSubmitted on: 10/05/2012
Information and registration for the 2012 Forestry MiniCollege are now available on the MSU Extension Forestry website http://www.msuextension.org/forestry/FMC/FMC2012.html.
The event will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 at the College of Forestry & Conservation on The University of Montana campus.
We are working to improve our ability to inform landowners and other interested forestry related groups about upcoming educational events in a timely and efficient manner.
Therefore we would like to encourage you to subscribe to our listserv, http://www.msuextension.org/forestry/listserv.htm.
Or you can follow us on Twitter @msuextfor.
MSU Extension Forestry
U of M College of Forestry and Conservation
32 Campus Drive, MS 0606
Missoula MT 59812-0606
phone (406) 243-2775
cell (406) 207-1756
fax (406) 243-4715
The Northern Rockies Tree SchoolSubmitted on: 09/27/2012
October 10th & 11th, 2012
- THE WISDOM OF ROOTS
- GREENING YOUR COMMUNITY’S INFRASTRUCTURE
- YOUR URBAN FOREST: STRATE-GIES FOR SUSTAINING SUCCESS
- CARING FOR A MATURE AND DECLINING CANOPY
- NATIVE VS. NON-NATIVE TREES
- TREES AND COMMUNITY PLANNING
...and Field Tours of Kendrick Park and Whitney Commons to discuss tree inventories, management alternatives and more.
Contact: Mark Ellison (307)777-3626 or Mark Hughes (307)777-5478
Turfgrass IPM WorkshopsSubmitted on: 09/11/2012
The MSU Urban IPM Program is offering a workshop on Identification of Weeds in the landscape and on small acreage. There also will be an update of Insects and Disease on Trees in 2012.
Turfgrass IPM Advisory (30 August 2012)Submitted on: 08/30/2012
Attached is a copy of the Utah State University Seasonal Turfgrass Pest Update, Summer 2012. There is a very interesting article on turf and tree competition for water and nutrients. It is just as applicable to Montana as it was to Utah and to Minnesota, the original source.
I have not seen rust on turf this summer. It was too hot and dry. However, we have diagnosed many samples with white grubs and some with billbugs.
Linnea Skoglund (email@example.com)
Volume 2, Issue 4 (July 6, 2012)Submitted on: 07/06/2012
Unsightly Leaf Galls: Are They as Bad for Trees as They Look?
Aphids on Broadleaf Trees
Volume 2, Issue 3 (May 15, 2012)Submitted on: 05/15/2012
Clover Mites – a Nuisance in Homes
Fire Blight and Apple Scab Forecasts
Proposed Change to Urban IPM Newsletter
Weed of the Week
Schutter Diagnostic Lab Update
Volume 2, Issue 2 (May 1, 2012)Submitted on: 05/01/2012
Herbicide Contamination of Soil and Compost
Herbicide Contamination Bioassay
Cold Temperature Injury in the Landscape
Volume 2, Issue 1 (April 16, 2012)Submitted on: 04/16/2012
Managing Powdery Mildew on Ornamentals
Natural Herbicides (link)
Dead and Distorted Needles on Spruce
Fire Blight Forecast
Become a First Detector
Volume 1, Issue 6 (September 1, 2011)Submitted on: 09/02/2011
What is Happening to the Maples?
Cat-faced Spiders a Common Sight in Late Summer
Imprelis Damaged Plants shouldn’t be used for Composting or Mulching
Volume 1, Issue 5 (August 15, 2011)Submitted on: 08/15/2011
Dupont to Recall Imprelis Herbicide
Digital Resources for IPM
Photo of the Week
Volume 1, Issue 4 (August 1, 2011)Submitted on: 07/29/2011
Summer Leaf Scorch on Deciduous Plants
Conifer Aphids Stressing Junipers
List of Recommended Trees
Diseases of Apple Trees - Black Rot
Volume 1, Issue 3 (July 15, 2011)Submitted on: 07/15/2011
Epidemic of Shot Hole Disease
Turf Applicators Should be Cautious when Applying ‘Imprelis’
Abiotic Problems in Conifers
Residual Herbicide Can Damage Sensitive Garden Plants
Volume 1, Issue 1 (June 17, 2011)Submitted on: 07/07/2011
Austrian Pines are Dying
Early Detection/Rapid Response
Volume 1, Issue 2 (July 1, 2011)Submitted on: 07/07/2011
Late Blight of Tomato and Potato
Flooding and Trees
Shoot Blights on Ornamentals
Pinewood Nematode Testing
Insect Repellents – What Works