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  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mulches can help garden soil stay cool during the heat of summer.
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Long before plug-in air fresheners and scented candles, people used plants to make their homes more livable by masking unpleasant odors.
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many landscapes have problem spots where nothing grows well or looks attractive, such as the area below a large tree with a dense leaf canopy.
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  • Friday, May 4, 2018
    HILLSBORO, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension offers a one-night session in Hillsboro on June 13 to help landowners learn how to market timber.
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The first series of University of Missouri Extension Master Pollinator Steward classes begins mid-May in Jefferson City.
  • Friday, March 30, 2018
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension kicks off its second year of hops field days Wednesday, April 18, at Bradford Research Center, Columbia.
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The second annual Mid-Mo Expo for backyard gardeners and small farmers offers presentations and demonstrations to improve productivity and profits.
  • Monday, January 29, 2018
    HANNIBAL, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension will hold a Specialty Crop Block Grant workshop 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in Hannibal.
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ashes produced by wood-burning fireplaces or stoves are an excellent example of the idiom “don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater,” says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
    HILLSBORO, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension in Jefferson County will hold Master Gardener classes Monday evenings at Jefferson College’s Hillsboro campus.
  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension will hold a Specialty Crop Block Grant workshop 6-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in Jefferson City.
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
    HANNIBAL, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension will hold a Specialty Crop Block Grant workshop 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in Hannibal
  • Thursday, December 21, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new session of online core training to become a certified Master Gardener begins Jan. 22.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If a little is good, a lot must be better.
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  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Not all topsoil is created equal.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A merry holiday season begins with a tree that rocks the room.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many of the world’s finest wines and whiskeys begin in Missouri’s hardwood forests.
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  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017
    HILLSBORO, Mo. – Small-acreage owners and land entrepreneurs will learn practical tips on how to make more money and improve their operations at a Dec. 2 conference in Hillsboro.
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Bradford pear and its cousins may spread more than springtime beauty as these popular ornamental trees escape and become pests.
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  • Monday, August 14, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension specialists recently began a survey to learn how many specialty crop growers there are in the state and what their economic impact is.
  • Monday, June 19, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Cute critters by day. Thieves by night.
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s berries, butterflies, bees and buds as Missouri Master Gardeners hold their state conference June 15-16 on the University of Missouri campus.
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The dogwood tree’s stunning beauty echoes from the Ozark hillsides in April.
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  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Spring greens from the woods can add nutrition and flavor to your diet.
  • Thursday, March 2, 2017
    MARK TWAIN LAKE, Mo. – Smoke billows from the sugar shack where U.S. Marine veteran Jeremy Beaver cooks maple syrup.
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  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Small farmers and backyard gardeners can learn about the newest gardening sensation at the Mid-Missouri Expo. The event is Saturday, Feb. 25, at Battle High School, Columbia.
  • Friday, January 27, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A one-day event, “Mid-Missouri Expo–Small Farm to Backyard Garden,” offers gardeners and small farmers new skills.
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    LEBANON, Mo. – Openings remain for three workshops to help landowners learn how to improve the quality of their trees and market their timber.
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Salt does more than melt the ice on your sidewalks and driveways.
  • Monday, January 9, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new session of online Master Gardener training begins Jan. 30.
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s not just the sights and sounds of Christmas that can put us in the holiday spirit. For many, the aroma and flavor of certain spices are an essential part of the season.
  • Monday, December 5, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Evergreens, holly, mistletoe and other traditional plants adorning homes at this festive time of the year can pose risks, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    MARBLE HILL, Mo. – Feed your garden and it will feed you.
  • Thursday, October 6, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri’s fall foliage is about to burst into its full glory.
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  • Monday, October 3, 2016
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – It’s the time of year when walnuts will start dropping off their trees.
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  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – “You don’t need to have a green thumb to be a good gardener, but it certainly helps to have good soil,” said David Trinklein, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist. Unfortunately, most Missouri soils are less than ideal for gardening.
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension has unveiled a free web application to help homeowners apply the right amount of lawn fertilizer.
  • Tuesday, August 16, 2016
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Registration remains open for the 21st annual Missouri Master Gardener State Conference, Sept. 16-18 in Kansas City, said University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist David Trinklein.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Hot days, cool nights and spotty showers create conditions for powdery mildew to thrive.
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  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers and homeowners should be on the lookout for Japanese beetles, say University of Missouri Extension specialists. Beetles have been found in most parts of the state.
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  • Monday, April 4, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Container gardening can be a great option if time and space are in short supply.
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  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A single teaspoon of living soil can contain billions of bacteria, protozoa and fungi. When those soil microbes do what they do best—feed, reproduce and live—they produce mucilage or biofilm, which are nice words for slime.
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  • Friday, March 4, 2016
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo.– Small acreages offer a variety of ways to generate income, ranging from raising fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry to enhancing your property for outdoor recreation or agritourism.
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The best part of the holidays for many families is choosing and decorating the Christmas tree.
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  • Monday, November 30, 2015
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Registration is open for the 20th annual Great Plains Growers Conference, Jan. 7-9, 2016, at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. Extension educators from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota will offer workshops for horticulture producers.
  • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sharing is at the heart of the Master Gardener program.
  • Friday, July 17, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It might sound weird, but all the rain we’ve had in Missouri has primed plants, trees and shrubs for drought damage.
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  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many Missouri home gardeners made a horrible discovery this year. The compost they worked into their garden soil is contaminated with persistent herbicides.
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  • Monday, June 1, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The second week of June is when chiggers begin digging into Missourians, says University of Missouri Extension entomologist Richard Houseman.
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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Anthracnose is a group of fungal diseases that cause dark, sunken lesions on leaves, stems, flowers and fruit of many deciduous trees.
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  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
    ST. LOUIS, Mo.– The emerald ash borer has officially arrived in the city of St. Louis.
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  • Monday, May 11, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – One of spring’s routine home maintenance jobs—tree trimming—can quickly cut your ability to hear.
  • Thursday, May 7, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Producers should check their wooden fences and watering tanks for eastern tent caterpillars, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.
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  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Just like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Sanitizing garden tools between uses will lower the risk of spreading diseases from one plant to another, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Thursday, April 2, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Don’t add fertilizer to your garden unless you know what the soil needs.
  • Monday, March 2, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Selling timber can be very profitable. While it depends on the quality of the timber, prices are higher than they’ve ever been.
  • Friday, January 16, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Do you have a green thumb and a desire to share your skill? Why not become certified as a Master Gardener.
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  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The 2015 Great Plains Growers Conference and Trade Show will run Jan. 8-10 at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Hanging mistletoe is a holiday tradition around the world. But have you ever wondered why we steal a kiss because we’re standing under some shrubbery?
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  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014
    To manage your woodland effectively, it should be divided into compartments called stands. Stands are areas of the forest that have similar species composition, soils and topography. Often the term stand is used flippantly to describe an entire forest or boundary. But this broad use of the term indicates a misconception that can seriously impact the effectiveness of any prescribed forest management activity.
  • Monday, August 11, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If you have the sniffles or a bad infection, a visit to your doctor can usually put things right. Plants can get sick too and the University of Missouri Plant Diagnostic Clinic is where you can turn for help.
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  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in St. Charles County, marking the destructive insect’s first known infestation in the St. Louis area.
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  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The black walnut curculio is a small insect that can have a big impact on black walnut crops.
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  • Monday, June 2, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The long, harsh winter coupled with last fall’s drought caused a lot of damage to evergreen trees.
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  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Past performance does not guarantee future results. That’s true in your lawn and garden as well as the stock market. If you haven’t had a soil test in the past few years, it would be a worthwhile investment, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou Botanic Garden’s two-day celebration of the University of Missouri’s 175th anniversary will feature television host and gardening expert P. Allen Smith.
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  • Thursday, December 19, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Use it to steal a kiss, but keep it away from children, pets and yourself. Every part of mistletoe, an evergreen plant with white berries, is highly toxic.
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  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The public is invited to a free nature event at Lincoln University Cooperative Extension’s Alan T. Busby Farm from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.
  • Friday, August 16, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– University of Missouri Extension centers are gearing up for Master Gardener classes this fall.
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  • Wednesday, July 31, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Compost contaminated with herbicide is showing up in Missouri.
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  • Monday, July 15, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – There’s something for everyone at this year’s Mizzou Turfgrass and Ornamental Field Day. Lawn care and landscape professionals, homeowners and Master Gardeners will gather July 30 at the University of Missouri South Farm.
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Are you overwhelmed when you go the plant nursery?
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Suburbanites and city dwellers don’t have to drive to the country to enjoy viewing wildlife. A few simple additions and changes can make even a small backyard attractive to a greater variety of birds and other wildlife.
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  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – More than 120 international horticulturists, botanists, biochemists, food scientists, economists and farmers will attend the First International Symposium on Elderberry, June 9-14 at Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia.
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  • Monday, May 20, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri’s black walnut trees could be in trouble if thousand cankers disease (TCD) moves in from bordering Tennessee.
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  • Monday, May 13, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.–The University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center will host a bobwhite quail and native pollinator field day Thursday, June 20, 1-7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 3, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Talk about being all dressed up with nowhere to go. Too many Missouri gardeners are watching spring days slip away because of cool, wet weather, which has delayed the gardening season well past the frost-free date.
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  • Monday, April 29, 2013
    KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – You dig your first spadeful of soil in your new garden and discover you have a shovel full of clay.
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  • Tuesday, April 9, 2013
    NEVADA, Mo. —Trees, like people, have a life span. They live, they flourish, they die. University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Pat Miller offers her Top 10 practices for prolonging the life of your tree.
  • Friday, March 29, 2013
    KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Winter is the time when Mother Nature slumbers. Spring is when plants, trees and gardens begin to wake up. So as the greenery rubs the sleep from its eyes and readies for the growing season, there are chores you need to do.
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  • Monday, March 18, 2013
    GALLATIN, Mo. – Last year’s drought left many of Missouri’s trees and shrubs in trouble. As spring arrives, we’ll learn what survived and what did not.
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  • Monday, March 18, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s difficult to see a tree that you’ve nurtured for years broken and battered. Trees damaged by recent snowstorms may require some heartbreaking decisions.
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2013
    KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Road salt comes in handy when streets, sidewalks and driveways are slippery with ice. It’s not so handy when it splashes onto plants or soaks into the soil.
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  • Tuesday, March 12, 2013
    KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The earth beneath your feet may seem ordinary and benign. It’s anything but. Good soil can mean the difference between a garden that thrives and one that struggles and dies. Plants depend on soil for water, nutrients, minerals and even physical support.
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  • Friday, March 1, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Many garden and home-improvement stores offer a seemingly endless selection of fertilizers. What’s the best choice for your lawn or garden? Only your soil knows for sure.
  • Friday, March 1, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Just like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Sanitizing garden tools between uses will lower the risk of spreading diseases from one plant to another, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– The University of Missouri Extension Center in Boone County is hosting a series of workshops on raising and caring for fruit. The two-hour workshops will be held March 1, March 15 and April 5 in Columbia. The fee is $25 per class. Participants can attend one, two or all three.
  • Monday, January 14, 2013
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Cole County University of Missouri Extension Center, Lincoln University and Central Missouri Master Gardeners will present the third annual Spring Gardening Seminar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Carver Farm in Jefferson City.
  • Friday, January 4, 2013
    MARSHFIELD, Mo.– There are a number of things to consider when making decisions on irrigating horticulture crops, but the most important is determining water needs based on the mature crops, says Bob Schultheis, a University of Missouri Extension natural resource engineering specialist in Webster County.
  • Friday, December 28, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Mizzou Botanic Garden will showcase new plants and original fashions at its first plant fashion show, Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. in Stotler Lounge inside Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus.
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension has released a free app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices to help people easily identify weeds in the field, lawn or garden.
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  • Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –Missouri’s black walnut industry was touted to confectioners in Russia during a visit in early December by Jon Hagler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
  • Thursday, December 13, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Now that the leaves have fallen, it’s time to think about pruning your trees.
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  • Thursday, December 13, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Pruning trees when they’re young can prevent structural problems and the need to remove large limbs later, says a University of Missouri Extension state forestry specialist.
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2012
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – One of the premier conferences for fruit and vegetable growers will be held Jan. 10-12 in St. Joseph, according to Tim Baker, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension at Gallatin.
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Those unsightly round, brown growths seen on oaks this time of year won’t harm the tree, says a University of Missouri Extension fruit specialist.
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  • Friday, August 31, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If you buy hay from some parts of the southern U.S., you might get stung—not just once but many times—by red imported fire ants.
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  • Friday, August 24, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The recent discovery of the emerald ash borer in Kansas City is a surprise and concern. No one expected it to show up that far west. This unwelcome and invasive beetle is a threat to all untreated ash trees, but it’s a crisis in slow motion.
  • Friday, July 6, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Landscape plants are dying from heat and lack of rain.
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  • Tuesday, June 26, 2012
    NEW FRANKLIN, Mo. – Chestnuts—we’ve all heard or sung about them roasting over an open fire, but what about brewed in beer or ground for gluten-free flour?
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  • Friday, June 8, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If you still haven’t made plans for celebrating National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, you might want to mark your calendar and come out to the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center for a bobwhite quail/native pollinator field day, June 21, 1-7 p.m.
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  • Wednesday, June 6, 2012
    NEW FRANKLIN, Mo. – The Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) will host a field day featuring multiple presentations on agroforestry and horticulture, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on June 30.
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  • Friday, May 18, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Two diseases this spring are making trouble for some tree species around Missouri.
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  • Wednesday, May 16, 2012
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – During her 23 years as a University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist, Pat Miller has answered a lot of questions and looked at a lot of plants. Here are her top 10 horticulture tips.
  • Monday, May 7, 2012
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Sometimes fruit trees try to produce more fruit than is good for the plant. Poor fruit size and flavor, plant stress, and alternate bearing can result when certain types of fruit trees aren’t properly thinned.
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  • Thursday, May 3, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – You can learn about the birds and the bees June 21 when University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center hosts a field day on bobwhite quail and native pollinators.
  • Thursday, April 19, 2012
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — An ideal soil is half solid and half pore space by volume, and that pore space should be equal parts air and water. Gardening practices greatly influence pore space in cultivated soils.
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  • Friday, March 23, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Trees, hedges and bushes…. When spring comes, the impulse is to hand out haircuts.
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    CLAYTON, Mo. – Gardeners are familiar with the ubiquitous map that graces the back of seed packages and care labels that accompany most perennials.
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  • Friday, October 21, 2011
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - The growing season has ended and many gardeners are heading out to clean up what the frost has left behind. But some gardeners don't bother with fall cleanup.
  • Friday, October 7, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo.—The recipe for cooking up a spectacular fall display isn’t for beginners. You need all the right ingredients at the right time and at the proper temperature.
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  • Thursday, October 6, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Many tropical plants thrive in the heat and humidity of a typical Missouri summer and can make great outdoor patio plants. But as temperatures drop in the fall, conditions can quickly become deadly.
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2011
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo.–Curbside leaf and brush removal dates will be here before we know it. If you dread filling sacks with fallen leaves, a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist suggests a less agonizing and more rewarding alternative.
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  • Friday, September 30, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Every garden needs tender, loving care, and the same goes for the program that helps Missourians learn vital skills to tend those gardens.
  • Thursday, August 18, 2011
    GALENA, Mo. — Repair may be in order to keep storm-damaged trees healthy and less susceptible to disease and insects, says a University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist.
  • Friday, July 22, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new herbicide may be taking the green out of many evergreens.
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  • Tuesday, May 10, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Thirteen years ago they hatched and fell to the ground, only to burrow deep and emerge this spring.
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  • Wednesday, January 26, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Chinese chestnuts are a growing industry in Missouri, but there’s still a lot to be learned about both the trees and the market.
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –Aspirin may be the thing for a holiday hangover, but it won’t perk up your Christmas tree.
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –Winter can be tough on landscape plants, especially evergreens.
  • Friday, October 15, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo.—Despite their association with fall colors, you’ll want Jack Frost and Indian Summer to stay away if you’re hoping for vivid autumn leaves.
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  • Tuesday, October 12, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –Arrival of the first autumn frost is a good time to do some garden cleanup for next spring’s planting.
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –Maybe this fall you don’t have to rake all those fallen leaves from around your home.
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2010
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.- The third annual “In Touch with Nature” field day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 25 at Alan T. Busby Farm, Jefferson City, offers food, fun and learning for people of all ages.
  • Thursday, September 9, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Fresh, Missouri-grown chestnuts will soon be roasting on an open fire near you.
  • Friday, August 20, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –A sign that fall is on its way is the sudden appearance of bug-filled webbing engulfing your outer tree branches. Some of these tents can become large, loaded with hundreds of caterpillars
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  • Friday, July 2, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A July 13 field day will feature the latest research and information on turfgrass and ornamental plants
  • Thursday, June 24, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – 2010 may go down as the year of the oak gall, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
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  • Wednesday, May 26, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –For trees and shrubs, a sudden change from cool and rainy weather to hot and dry conditions is particularly stressful.
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo.–Plants that fail to bloom can be a big disappointment for gardeners. According to University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Jennifer Schutter, the problem is usually related to the age of the plant, temperature, light, nutrition or pruning practices.
  • Tuesday, May 4, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –This is the time of year when you might find your trees and shrubs under attack from the eastern tent caterpillar, a native defoliator, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
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  • Tuesday, April 27, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo.–Spring gardening can bring on a bad case of sniffles and sneezes. With record-breaking levels of pollen in some areas, allergy-prone gardeners may be especially hard-hit this year.
  • Friday, April 23, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –Now is the time that peach and apple growers in Missouri should thin fruit from their trees, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –The grass in your lawn might be stunting the growth of your trees, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Tuesday, April 6, 2010
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo.–Whether it is in the vegetable garden, the flower bed or tying plants together in the landscape, mulch provides a number of benefits for the soil, plants and humans, said Marlin Bates, a University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist.
  • Friday, March 26, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –The University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center will hold its fourth annual native plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10.
  • Thursday, March 4, 2010
    LINNEUS, Mo. – The dead of winter might not seem like an opportune time to trim trees, but that’s exactly when you should consider improving your trees.
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  • Tuesday, February 9, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –While thought of as a summer energy saver, windbreaks can reduce winter fuel consumption by 10 to 25 percent, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Monday, January 4, 2010
    LINNEUS, Mo.—A pruning and tree-stand improvement workshop will take place Feb. 27 at the University of Missouri Forage Systems Research Center (FSRC) in Linn County.
  • Monday, January 4, 2010
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry is offering a series of workshops on chestnut production in 2010. The four daylong workshops will span the chestnut growing season, from site selection and planting to harvesting and sales.
  • Thursday, December 3, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Proper care of holiday greenery can keep your decorations looking fresh longer, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –Missouri horticulturists remember Veterans Day, Nov. 11, as the date of two massive freeze events that damaged trees and shrubs across the Midwest.
  • Monday, October 5, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Tree wraps or guards can lessen the risk of southwest injury, a condition that can afflict young trees in winter, said a University of Missouri horticulturist.
  • Friday, July 24, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo. — While most pruning of apple trees takes place during winter, additional pruning in the summer can be an effective way to manage young apple trees, said a University of Missouri horticulturist.
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  • Thursday, June 18, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –An update on exotic pests affecting nurseries and landscapes will be featured at the July 14 Turfgrass and Ornamental Field Day at the University of Missouri South Farms Center.
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –Landscape plants have flourished over an ideal spring. Azaleas and hydrangeas have never looked better, but many of the lush leaves that developed during the mild weather will scorch, turn brown or even fall off when the summer heat returns, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Monday, May 11, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo.–Homeowners eager to apply aggressive first aid to storm-damaged trees could be removing trees that might have survived.
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – You don’t have to break your back when transplanting a tree, said a University of Missouri horticulturist.
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This year’s native plant sale will take place April 11 at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center.
  • Friday, March 13, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –  Gardeners should make a pruning tour of their landscape now to touch up trees and shrubs, especially those planted in the past two years, said a University of Missouri horticulturist.
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Late winter is an ideal time to collect scion wood for spring grafting of apple and nut trees, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Thursday, January 15, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo.- Homeowners should be careful when using ice melters close to trees this winter, said a University of Missouri Extension forester.
  • Tuesday, January 6, 2009
    COLUMBIA, Mo. - Tree wraps or guards can lessen the risk of southwest injury, a condition that can afflict young trees in winter, said a University of Missouri horticulturist.
  • Friday, December 19, 2008
    COLUMBIA, Mo. - "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...." It's a familiar line from a popular wintertime song, but not so many Missourians are familiar with how to go about roasting chestnuts.
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2008
    COLUMBIA, Mo. - Replanting a live Christmas tree can enhance your landscape for years, but it will require some special attention, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2008
    COLUMBIA, Mo. - Fall is a good time to clean up your garden and plant trees and shrubs, said a University of Missouri horticulturist.
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2008
    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - High fuel costs and other economic burdens have spurred increased interest in vegetable gardening. Interest in home fruit production is also increasing, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist.
  • Friday, August 29, 2008
    COLUMBIA, Mo.- Cases of bark splitting on trees, perhaps due to excessive trunk expansion spurred by this year's heavy rains, have been reported in some areas of the state, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Friday, August 1, 2008
    COLUMBIA, Mo. - They're here: Emerald ash borers, which have killed tens of millions of ash trees in eight states, are now in Missouri. On July 23, USDA scientists discovered seven of the insects in traps in Wayne County in southeast Missouri.
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  • Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -Over time, a sunny garden may become a shady one as surrounding trees and shrubs mature.
  • Thursday, April 17, 2008
    COLUMBIA, Mo. - The deluge of spring rains over much of Missouri may have saturated some soil, suffocating deeper plant roots and making landscape plants more vulnerable to drought stress, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2008
    COLUMBIA, Mo. - Home gardeners who want to try something different might want to grow a sour orange or other citrus tree indoors, said a University of Missouri fruit researcher.
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2008
    COLUMBIA, Mo. - A native plant sale and a bird watch tour will take place April 12 at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center.

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