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Organic Gardening 05/27/15
The Basics and Beyond!
Katie Wagner | Extension Assistant Professor of Horticulture This class will discuss how to build a healthy garden soil, how to maintain healthy garden plants, organic weed control techniques, and basics of organic pest control (introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)), and ways to attract and maintain habitat for beneficial insects.
 
Invasive Pests... 06/06/15
Invasive Pests in the Backyard Fruit Trees and Berries: Spotted Wing Drosophila and Brown Marmorated Stick Bug
Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is a destructive invasive pest of tree fruit and berries. SWD is native to Asia and in 2008 it was first detected in the continental U.S in California. Since then, SWD has spread to more than 40 states, including Utah in 2010. SWD has been found in Rich, Cache, Box Elder, Weber, Davis, and Utah Counties. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an invasive insect pest that is native to Asia and was first found in the U.S. in the late 1990’s. BMSB is a serious pest of fruits and vegetables and can have a severe impact on fruit and vegetable production. BMSB is also a nuisance pest because it uses homes as overwintering sites. BMSB was first detected in Utah in 2012, and has been found in Salt Lake and Utah Counties.
 
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