Not all presents under the Christmas tree are welcome

Reposted from Insects in the City blog

The last week in November and first three weeks in December are Christmas tree season in the U.S.  All over the country, excited families take to the nearest tree lot to pick a recently cut tree for home.  Some of these trees, however, come with more than just needles and flocking.

Giant conifer aphids in the genus Cinara, are among the most commonly encountered insects on fresh Christmas trees.  These aphids form colonies on trees outdoors.  Smaller colonies and lighter infestations are often missed by the tree farm, or by a bright-eyed family out on a U-cut adventure. Continue reading

Turfgrass short course to be offered in College Station, TX Jan. 17-20

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

An intensive four-day Turfgrass Ecology and Management Short Course will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Jan. 17-20 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

Dr. Casey Reynolds, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in College Station, will present the educational workshop for anyone interested in the fundamentals of turfgrass physiology and management. Continue reading