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Brown rot – an aptly named and unwelcome disease of stone fruits

I have a sour cherry tree in my yard that declines a bit more each year. It is in sad shape, with seared-open main branches injured by sun scald and invaded by decay fungi. This all stemmed from leaf loss due to an ongoing and pervasive case of brown rot caused by the fungus Monilinia. This organism infects first through the flowers, usually after a rain while the flowers are open.

By |2020-08-11T15:15:03+00:00April 21st, 2020|Plant disease|0 Comments

Tea Scale: An unwanted hitch-hiker

Sunny days and warmer weather bring about thoughts of gardening: which plants are not performing as well as would be liked, which new ones would look better in that spot. If you are contemplating adding to your garden, be sure not to add an unwanted component: insect or mite pests (or disease) that might be tagging along with your new acquisition.

By |2020-08-11T15:15:03+00:00April 13th, 2020|Scales|0 Comments

The spotted lanternfly makes its first west coast appearance

Last September we published our first post about the potential for the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, to be a pest of serious concern to Oregon agriculture. At the time, only a handful of eastern states had reported established populations (Pennsylvania has been the most impacted). More recently, a live adult spotted lanternfly was reported in Davis, California.

By |2020-08-11T15:14:12+00:00March 3rd, 2020|Emerging Pests|0 Comments