Friday, May 20, 2016

Hail pounds parts of Dona Ana County

Photo of a street in Las Cruces, NM with hail all over the ground
Hail in Las Cruces on May 18, 2016
On May 18, 2016 a storm moved through Dona Ana County dropping pea to marble sized hail. In some locations, crops and garden plants sustained significant damage from this storm. In addition to the physical injury created by the hail and wind, the plants are now vulnerable to infection by fungi and bacteria that can take advantage of the wounds. In some situations, the use of fungicides/bactericides may be helpful in preventing or reducing additional losses to these organisms.

A composite photo of an onion field - the photo on the leaf shows a good stand of healthy plants, the photo on the right show the same field 2 days later after a hail storm that removed much of the foliage
Onion field one week before hail storm (left) and 2 days after hail storm (right)
(Photos: Jason French, NMSU - PDC)

Composite photo of a grape vineyard showing tattered leaves and pock marked fruit caused by hail
Hail damage on grapes - approximately 30% of the grapes at the
Fabian Garcia Ag Science Center were damaged by the storm
(Vine photos: Jason French, NMSU - PDC;
Fruit photo: Daniel Goodrich, NMSU - Viticulture Program)

A composite photograph showing tattered pecan leaves damaged by hail
Pecan leaves damaged by hail (Photos: Jason French, NMSU - PDC)

A composite photo of a tomato leaf - the photo on the left was taken immediately following the hail storm and show holes in the leaf, the photo on the right was taken of the same leaf 3 days later and shows the leaf starting to die and developing necrotic tissue
Tomato leaf damaged by hail: photo on left was taken immediately
following the hail storm and the photo on the right, of the same leaf, was
taken 3 days later (Photos: Natalie Goldberg, NMSU - PDC)

Green tomato fruit with light green spots where hail hit the fruit
Hail damage on tomato fruit
(Photo: Natalie Goldberg, NMSU - PDC)
Garden sage with holes in the leaf caused by hail
Hail damage on sage
(Photo: Natalie Goldberg, NMSU - PDC)

Monday, May 16, 2016

First Detector Training & Field Pest Identification Workshops Offered by NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service

The educate to detect logo

NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service is offering two plant health workshops the first week of June in Albuquerque. On June 7, there will be a First Detector Training Workshop for Master Gardeners, Pest Control Operators, landscape managers, crop producers and the general public. This training is part of the National Plant Diagnostic Network's education and training program. Participants who attend the training workshop will become a Certified First Detector and be part of a national registry of trained first detectors. The training will be conducted at the Albuquerque Garden Center from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM. The cost for this is $20 - morning coffee and refreshments, and lunch is provided.
On June 8, there will be a Field Pest Identification Workshop which will allow participants to learn the process of identifying pest problems in the field. This hands-on training will be held outdoors at the Hubble House from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM - participants are advised to dress appropriately and the bring a hat and sunscreen. This event is free - light refreshments and water will be provided.
The deadline to register for either or both of these events is June 1. For more information on these events, please view the Registration Form 

Photo of three people standing under a tree
Three newly certified First Detector's proudly
display their First Detector Field Packs 

Photo of a classroom with a crowd of people
First Detector Training Class

Photo of a group of people in a garden looking at plants
Master Gardeners participating in a pest ID workshop

Friday, May 13, 2016

NMSU Plant Clinic Assists with Pest Identification

Spring has sprung and the plant are growing! If your plants start to look stressed, test, don't guess! Symptoms alone are usually insufficient for diagnosis, because they are not specific to the causal agent. Proper identification is important in developing management plans. The NMSU Plant Diagnostic Clinic is here to help. We can assist with disease, arthropod and weed identification. Submission of samples for diagnosis is facilitated through the County Extension Agents. Check here for the location of NM County Extension Offices

A composite photo of four plants with different diseases that looks similar to one another
Test, don't guess! Symptoms caused by pathogens may look alike.
They are not specific to the causal agent!