Author(s): D.L. Mahr, P.S. McManus, T.R. Roper Strawberries are one of the easiest fruit crops for gardeners to grow. However, they are susceptible to many disease and insect pests that must be managed to produce consistent crops of edible fruit. This brief 2-page bulletin is a companion to Extension publication Growing Strawberries in Wisconsin (A1597), […]
Christelle Guédot, UW-Madison Entomology Revised: 01/09/2015 Item number: XHT1237 Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is an invasive vinegar fly native to Southeast Asia. It became established in Hawaii during the 1980’s, and was first discovered in the continental United States in California in 2008. SWD quickly spread throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada, and […]
Teryl R. Roper, Daniel L. Mahr, Patricia S. McManus Revised: 7/5/2010 Item number: A1656 This award-winning manual offers detailed instructions on how to successfully grow grapes in Wisconsin. Covers selecting the best cultivars for your growing conditions, illustrates a variety of trellis designs and proper pruning techniques, and suggests ways to limit or prevent damage […]
Brian R. Smith, Daniel L. Mahr, Patricia S. McManus, Teryl R. Roper Revised: 7/5/2010 Item number: A1597 Strawberries are the most widely grown small fruit crop in Wisconsin. Learn about the growth and fruiting habits of strawberries and how to raise and harvest them successfully. Download Article
Brian R. Smith, Daniel L. Mahr, Patricia S. McManus, Teryl R. Roper Revised: 7/5/2010 Item number: A1610 A variety of raspberries—black, purple, and yellow as well as red—can thrive throughout Wisconsin. Describes how to select and raise them, and how to protect them from diseases and pests. Download Article
The Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, is a significant pest of landscape trees and shrubs, vegetable and fruit crops, and turfgrass in the eastern United States. This factsheet describes the lifecycle of this destructive beetle along with management and control options.
Teryl R. Roper, Daniel L. Mahr, Patricia S. McManus Revised: 7/5/2010 Item number: A1960 Currants, elderberries, and gooseberries are all native to Wisconsin woodlands, fence rows, and fields, often harvested from the wild and are prized for making jams, jellies, pies, and juice. These crops are generally hardy enough to be grown in all areas […]
Christelle Guédot, UW-Madison Entomology and Bryan Jensen, UW IPM Program Revised: 3/26/2014 Item number: XHT1236 Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halymorpha halys, is an exotic, invasive insect native to Asia, including China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. BMSB was first confirmed in the United States in 2001 although an unconfirmed sighting was reported in Pennsylvania in […]
Aphids are soft-bodied, sucking insects that are sometimes called plant lice. They feed on plant sap and subsequently excrete a sugary substance (called honeydew) that can attract ants as well as support the growth of a saprophytic fungus called sooty mold. Learn about common aphids found in home gardens in this factsheet.
Aphids may be viewed as just another pest for gardeners to try to eliminate, but they’re really fascinating insects, with bizarre lifestyles and eating habits and they’re also dinner for lots of other insects. Forming colonies covering the leaves and stems of plants, these small sap-sucking creatures reproduce incredibly fast and a few also transmit plant diseases. Learn more about this large group of insects and how to manage them in the garden in this article…
Karen Delahaut, UW-Madison Fresh Market Vegetable Program Revised: 8/13/2012 Item number: XHT1096 Recently, several commonly-used insecticides for the control of insects on woody landscape plants have been taken off the market. As a result, it’s becoming ever more challenging for home gardeners to find suitable insecticide products at garden centers, discount stores, and hardware stores. […]
Karen Delahaut, UW-Madison Fresh Market Vegetable Program Revised: 8/6/2012 Item number: XHT1086 Indicator plants are not always suitable for the timing of pest management practices. You may not have the critical indicator plant nearby to time local activities, or there may not be a good indicator plant for a particular pest’s crucial life stage. Another […]