Friday, January 25, 2008

Pest Alert -

Nearby infestations of the emerald ash borer pose a significant threat to Kentucky. You can keep up with the situation in the Commonwealth by visiting the Kentucky Emerald Ash Borer web page.

The following is from:

Emerald Ash BorerEmerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. Emerald ash borer is also established in Windsor, Ontario, was found in Ohio in 2003, northern Indiana in 2004, northern Illinois in 2006 and western Pennsylvania in 2007. Since its discovery, EAB has:
Killed more than 20 million ash trees in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Most of the devastation is in southeastern Michigan.
Caused regulatory agencies and the USDA to enforce quarantines (Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania) and fines to prevent potentially infested ash trees, logs or hardwood firewood from moving out of areas where EAB occurs.
Cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries tens of millions of dollars.

AIM Chatting accomplished

Homework officially completed. Transcript below:

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Weather Center is a top 4 star site


From the University of Kentucky Ag Weather Center, here is your current Ag Weather outlook...
For January 16, 2008
Today, as high pressure moves off to the northeast, cloud cover will begin to build in from the south and west. Expect high temperatures to be around 40 degrees statewide under increasingly cloudy skies. There will be a slight chance for a stray shower in the west later in the day.
Tonight, more active weather will approach the Commonwealth preceding the next cold front. Snow showers are likely in the west and central, with the possibility of some mixed in sleet. The east will likely experience scattered rain showers tonight. Expect lows to drop into the lower 30s statewide with increasing clouds.
Detailed forecast information is available in the UKAWC Agriculture, Lawn and Garden Point Forecast...Now available for the entire CONUS.

Exciting news for the College of Agriculture

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