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Endangered Species Highlight: Hairy Rattleweed

Endangered Species Highlight: Hairy Rattleweed

Have you ever heard of “Harry Rattleweed”? Its real name is Baptisia arachnifera, and it’s actually considered a Federal Endangered plant species. The species is found only in 2 counties in southeast Georgia. [...]

How to Test the pH Levels of your Soil

How to Test the pH Levels of your Soil

This week’s blog, as promised, is about testing the pH levels in your soil. Are the fruits and vegetables in your garden not doing too well? Is one type of vegetable doing better than the other? You may want to check the pH levels in your soil. [...]

New Nitrogen Levels Soil Test

New Nitrogen Levels Soil Test

Worry not, there is now a simple, quick and reliable test that can determine nitrogen levels in soil. Nitrogen is the main nutrient added to crops like corn, which makes them grow faster and stronger. But, as mother always taught us, moderation is key. Problems with too much nitrogen include rainwater run-off and groundwater contamination. [...]

Endangered Species Highlight: The Leafy Prairie-Clover

Endangered Species Highlight: The Leafy Prairie-Clover

Have you ever heard of the “Leafy Prairie-Clover”? Its real name is Dalea Foliosa, and it’s actually considered a Federal Endangered plant species. The species is normally only found in three different regions of the United States: central Tennessee, north-central Alabama, and northeastern Illinois. [...]

It's not too late to plant summer crops!

It's not too late to plant summer crops!

Now that summer is officially here, (as of… today!) you may want to weed that garden and make sure you’re not neglecting it. And for those who just plainly forgot to plant in the spring, don’t you worry, it’s not too late. [...]

Killer of The ‘Ōhi‘a Tree, Scientists Say is Fungal

Killer of The ‘Ōhi‘a Tree, Scientists Say is Fungal

Do you have an ‘ōhi‘atree? Do you live in Hawaii? If so, you may want to keep a close eye on your tree, for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university scientists have identified two new species of fungi as the killer of hundreds of thousands of the beloved Hawaii ‘Ōhi‘a trees.[...]

Best Grass Seed Choices for Athletic Fields

Best Grass Seed Choices for Athletic Fields

There are few subjects that come close to equaling the magnitude of sports. For many people, sports rank right up there with religion, politics and relationships on the importance scale. Occasionally sports can dominate the attention of the world in the form of the Olympics, World Cup or Super Bowl. But one crucial component of sports often gets overlooked – the playing field. Rarely does a sports field receive any special attention from players or fans unless something’s wrong with it. Little do folks understand the countless hours of preparation that go into a professional athletic field.[...]

Identifying 5 Common Lawn Grass Species

Identifying 5 Common Lawn Grass Species

Whether you’re overseeding an existing lawn, thinking about establishing a new lawn or reseeding bare or thinning spots, it’s important to know what kind of grass you currently have growing. For many homeowners there doesn’t appear to be much difference between grass species at first glance. It’s not until they’ve used tall fescue to fill in a bare spot in the middle of their Kentucky bluegrass or overseeded Bermudagrass into their fine fescue lawn do they realize the error of their ways.[...]

Should You Ever Let Your Lawn Go to Seed?

Should You Ever Let Your Lawn Go to Seed?

We’ve probably all seen it, and some of us might even be guilty of it from time to time. It can be the result of neglect, apathy, or just personal preference. I’m talking about those overgrown lawns that look like someone decided to turn their yard into a hay field. Throw in a cow and a couple horses and you’d have a fully functioning pasture. Neighbors complain about them, cities enact ordinances over them, and fire departments warn against them. Even with all the pressure to not let your lawn grow out of control, some folks continue to stick to their reasoning.[...]

Grass-Cast: New Experimental Grassland Productivity Forecast

Grass-Cast: New Experimental Grassland Productivity Forecast

What is Grass-Cast? Well, put simply, Grass-Cast is a new innovative Grassland Productivity Forecast. The big deal? It just published its first forecast to help livestock producers in the Northern Great Plains guess about how much grass will be available for livestock to graze on during the next summer. Although this is an experimental technology, if it is successful, it could help producers in a significant economic way. [...]

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