Common Corn Smut

Common corn smut is a fungal disease that affects field, pop and sweet corn, and forms swellings (galls) on ears, kernels, tassels, husks, leaves, stalks, buds and even aerial roots of the plant. Learn more here.

Maintaining Lawn and Garden Tools

When it comes to digging in the garden or pruning trees and shrubs, having high quality tools that are cleaned, lubricated, sharpened and otherwise properly maintained, makes any outdoor job simpler and more efficient. Learn how to maintain your garden tools in this useful factsheet.


This mushroom-like mass found on the ears of corn and corn relatives can be a problem for corn growers (i.e., “corn smut”), but is also often a culinary delicacy! Learn more in this factsheet.

Black Rot of Crucifers

Black rot is a serious bacterial disease of cruciferous plants including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, rutabaga and turnip. Learn about identification and management here.

Home Garden Fungicides

While cultural methods are the preferred options for disease management in home vegetable gardens, fungicides may occassionally be warranted. Learn about options here.

Black Cutworm

Black cutworm larvae are active nighttime feeders, clipping seedlings at or below the soil line. Find out when to monitor and control this pest to limit damage in this publication.

Caterpillar Pests of Cole Crops

This factsheet covers the imported cabbageworm, the cabbage looper, and the diamondback moth. Scouting tips and effective means of control are highlighted.

Corn Earworm

Corn earworm can cause serious economic damage to commercial and home-grown sweet corn and hybrid dent seed corn, as well as tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and beans. Learn more in this factsheet.

Cucumber Beetles

Spotted and striped cucumber beetles damage vine crops, including cucumbers, squash, melons and pumpkins. This factsheet details the lifecycle, damage, and controls of these beetles.

Potato Leafhopper

Potato leafhopper is a serious pest of snap beans and potatoes, causing stunted plants, brown leaves, and reduced plant vigor. Learn more in this factsheet about this insect’s lifecycle and how to best control it.

Squash Vine Borer

Squash vine borer is an annual pest of pumpkins and squash. This factsheet describes the insect’s lifecycle, damage it causes, and various effective means of control.

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