University of Missouri Extension
Story source: Patricia Barrett, 573-369-2394
TUSCUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension in Miller County and the Lake Area Master Gardeners offer an intensive Master Gardener certification class for June 2019. They designed the new class with “summer residents” of the Lake of the Ozarks area in mind.
“The expansion of the MU Extension Master Gardener program provides exciting opportunities for gardeners to experience a wide range of horticultural activities in a short period of time,” says MU Extension county engagement specialist Patricia Barrett.
The five-week class includes outdoor activities to give students hands-on experience in the latest gardening techniques.
Master Gardener candidates receive 30 hours of indoor and outdoor instruction and donate 30 hours of volunteer community service. Area Master Gardener projects include the Willmore Lodge gardens and the annual Garden Walk. Volunteer activities include teaching youth and adults about basic gardening, developing educational workshops, aiding civic groups in planning public gardens and conducting tours, says Barrett.
Classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday from June 3 through July 1 at the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District training room, 1767 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Lake Ozark. An awards banquet will be held Nov. 12.
Learn more about the Missouri Master Gardener program at mg.missouri.edu.
Bloom Thinning with the Pollen Tube Growth Model (PTGM)
Mike Basedow, CCE-ENYCHP & Dan Donahue CCE-ENYCHP
Reprinted from Cornell ENYCHP Tree Fruit E-Alert, Donahue and Basedow, for April 30th, 2019 @ 10:00 am
We trialed the PTGM thinning protocol in ENY orchards in 2018 to mixed results. Spray timings are critical (hours, not days), and inclement weather can interfere. Trials have been set up in Ulster, Columbia, and Clinton Counties for 2019.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Spring and warmer weather sends producers to the fields in droves, planting and