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    Urban Homestead Expo 2020

    Urban Homestead Expo 2020

    Calling all backyard gardeners, urban homesteaders, and hobby farmers! Do you want to step up your sustainability game? Interested in moving beyond tomatoes and peppers in your garden? Virtually attend the Urban Homestead Expo to learn from our experts.

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    Scouting and Controlling Alfalfa Weevil

    Scouting and Controlling Alfalfa Weevil

    Alfalfa weevil is one of the most damaging alfalfa pests across Utah. Some producers rely on "calendar spraying", or applying insecticides at the same time each year, to hopefully provide control.

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    Utah's Gardening Experts

    Utah's Gardening Experts

    A Facebook group moderated by Utah State University Extension and seeks to provide research-based information that is proven, useful, and effective. All home gardeners, orchardists, and commercial farmers welcome to join.

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    Backyard Orchardist Fact Sheet Series

    Backyard Orchardist Fact Sheet Series

    A new series of fact sheets are available for hobbyist fruit tree growers. These fact sheets contain information regarding common diseases and insect pests in Utah and their management. Apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apples, pears, and plums are covered.

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    Urban & Small Farms Conference

    Urban & Small Farms Conference

    This conference is perfect for specialty crop producers engaged in direct marketing including CSAs, farmers markets and other outlets as well as commercial growers that are seeking the most up-to-date research on crop production and pest management. We will also have workshops for beginning farmers and those who are deciding what they want to grow and how to develop their own marketing strategy and business plan.

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    Northern Utah Fruit Grower Meeting

    Northern Utah Fruit Grower Meeting

    This meeting is for commercial fruit tree growers in Davis, Weber, Box Elder and Cache Counties. This year's meeting will focus on Fireblight control in the orchard, new pruning systems and using social media to market your products.

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    New Fact Sheet: High Tunnel Pest Management - Thrips

    New Fact Sheet: High Tunnel Pest Management - Thrips

    Thrips are tiny insects that feed by scraping and sucking plant fluids from leaves, and often vector plant diseases. Thrips have a broad host range. Therefore, management in high tunnels is especially challenging.

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    Problematic Weeds in Northern Utah

    Problematic Weeds in Northern Utah

    Environmental conditions vary widely between years and can have a large impact on the species and density of weeds in the early spring. Two species that were problematic in northern Utah in 2019 were dodder in alfalfa and invasive annual grasses in irrigated pasture.

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    New Fact Sheet: Western Cherry Fruit Fly in Utah Orchards

    New Fact Sheet: Western Cherry Fruit Fly in Utah Orchards

    The western cherry fruit fly is the most important pest of sweet and tart cherries in Utah. Once the skin of fruits becomes soft enough to penetrate, adult females insert eggs with their ovipositor, and larvae develop inside the fruits. The result is "wormy" fruit that is unmarketable.

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    Wheat Diseases in Utah

    Wheat Diseases in Utah

    A pathogen that showed up in Cache County this year was wheat stem rust (Puccinia graminis). This pathogen can cause up to 70% yield loss in severe cases. Even though it is called stem rust it also colonizes leaf tissues and sometimes glumes and even seed. Stem infections weaken the stem and when the seed heads mature the stem may not be able to support the weight and break.

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