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Flowers use volatile compounds called terpenes to communicate with and protect themselves from the outside world.
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Faculty from Iowa State University’s School of Education will present a workshop on some of the latest research and practices in literacy June 17 in Muscatine. Read more about Workshop Features the Latest in Literacy Research and Practices

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Soybean cyst nematode can cause significant yield loss, ranging from 5% to 50%  in a given year. Although farmers have done a good job managing SCN in the past, the pest is adapting and making a return. Read more about Soybean Growers Need an Integrated Approach When Fighting Nematode

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Farmers and farm businesses in southeastern Iowa can learn about the latest crop production research and trends during the Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm spring field day June 20. Read more about Southeast Iowa Research Farm Plans Spring Field Day

Two accomplished 4-H members have been awarded the George L. Farley scholarship for 2019.  This scholarship is available to current/former 4-H members attending UMass Amherst and is presented in recognition of George L. Farley who was the State 4-H Leader in Massachusetts from 1916 to 1941.   He is considered by many to have contributed more to the 4-H program in Massachusetts than any other person.

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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – May is National Salsa Month! This Food Friday, Live Well Alabama is serving

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Story source: Tamra Reall, 816-252-5051

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mulching is a time-honored spring chore that keeps unwanted weeds from taking away from the beauty of flowers, trees and shrubs.

Mulch cools the soil, saves moisture, controls weeds and provides a unifying effect in the landscape, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist Tamra Reall. Mulch also reduces damage from lawn mowers and trimmers, as well as reducing soil compaction.

But applying too much mulch or applying it incorrectly can damage plants and trees, Reall says. A few guidelines can make plants grow better and protect your home.

Choose the color and texture of your mulch to highlight the plant, not the other way around, she says. Use the same color throughout the landscape for best results. Think monochromatic and natural for a look that allows the eye to travel from one area of the yard to the next.

A variety of materials—from commercial wood mulch to cornstalks and even composted lawn clippings—can serve as mulch. Keep in mind that inorganic mulch such as pulverized rubber does not supply nutrients or improve soil structure. Organic mulch releases some nutrients as it decomposes, but the fertilizer value is small. Add fertilizer to the soil before mulching as needed.

Pile mulch about 3-4 inches deep in a ring a few inches from the tree trunk or plant. Spreading mulch too close to trees and shrubs can damage or kill them. Design so that mulch is higher on the outer edge. Placing mulch too close to the root flare and trunk of a tree or plant can cause root girdling, disease and decay, and provide hiding places for insects and small animals.

While good for plants, moisture in the soil is also good for some insects. One of the worst risks is termites, Reall says. Keep wood mulch a few inches from your home’s foundation. When applying mulch, leave a thinner-than-normal layer near the foundation so at least 6 inches of concrete is exposed. This allows termite tunnels to be spotted, she says. Termite mud tunnels are about the width of a pencil.

And while you’re working in the yard, get rid of standing water from places such as buckets and tires. “It is to everyone’s advantage to remove standing water in their yard where mosquitoes can lay eggs,” she says. “It only takes a tiny amount of water for a mosquito egg to grow into an adult.”

For more information, the MU Extension publication “Mulches” (G6960) is available for free download at

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Story source: Chris Willow, 573-882-2680

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri 4-H Foundation will host the 10th annual 4-H Clover Classic Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 4, at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia.

The goal is to raise $50,000 to support Missouri 4-H’s work to turn today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders through the development of life skills and career knowledge.

Registration for the 18-hole tournament covers green fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments and a team photo. Platinum, Gold, Silver and Hole sponsorships are also available. For more information, visit For questions, call 573-882-2680.

The event is presented by The Climate Corp., a subsidiary of Bayer, and Great American Insurance-Crop Division.

About the Missouri 4-H Foundation

The Missouri 4-H Foundation is the private resource partner of the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. For 70 years, the foundation has secured and managed funds for Missouri 4-H, providing higher education scholarships, recognizing 4-H volunteers and supporting the Missouri 4-H program. MU Extension 4-H is a community of youth across Missouri learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

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