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Roadside Beauties

July brings patriotism, hot weather, hot dogs, fireworks, and beautiful chicory blooming along the roadsides in Wisconsin. The pretty blue blooms are common chicory, Cichorium intybus, a plant that originated in the Mediterranean and was cultivated in North America from the 1700s until the 1950s when it became more economical to import it. Now, it […]

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Summer Berries

What are the berries that first come to mind? Blueberry? Strawberry? Raspberry? What about bananas, watermelon, tomatoes or grapes? According to the botanical definition of a berry, berries include currants, blueberries, cranberries, and also bananas, tomatoes, watermelon, grapes and pumpkins. Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are not berries at all, but are classified as an aggregate […]

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Echinacea – The Quintessential Summer Flower

Spring blooms are refreshment to winter weary souls. They give the assurance that summer is on the horizon and better things are coming. Summer blooms bring out the brilliance of a beautiful day in a background of lush green grass, trees, and shrubs. The quintessential summer bloomer is Echinacea. These tall beauties are commonly pale […]

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Lovely Lilacs

“Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes Aside from roses, there is no flower as beautiful and aromatic as lilacs. Lilacs have a distinctive, memorable fragrance. When the smell of lilacs heralds the arrival of spring, where does the […]

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What’s Standing Alfalfa Worth in 2016?

One of the challenges in coming up with a value for standing hay is the lack of daily commodity market pricing like corn and soybeans. Another challenge this year is the significant drop in hay price, in some cases almost half of what it was going for just a few years ago. So the price […]

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Crops & Soils Agent Arrives – Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing

Let me introduce myself. I am Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing, the new UW-Extension Crops and Soils Area Agent with 50% responsibilities in each of Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties.   Both counties have such a rich agricultural history that will let me utilize my diverse background which includes a B.S. in agronomy (crop protection), an M.S. […]

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Dames Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

A plant with pretty pink to purple flowers, a long bloom season, fragrant – especially in the evening, attracts butterflies, deer don’t like it, no disease problems, and easy to grow. Sounds like a perfect ornamental plant for the home garden. Not so fast! This “perfect” plant is dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) and it’s on […]

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