Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Hours of Operation: 7 am – 7 pm (Monday – Friday) Hot line is currently operational as of 4/20/11. During the holiday weekend, the Hot line will be available Friday 4/22/11 and Saturday 4/23/11 from 7 am – 2 pm. If calling after hours please leave a message. Messages will be frequently retrieved, and will be returned as soon as possible. The Hot line will be closed on Easter Sunday.
Also, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) has instituted the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to allow farm operators to be reimbursed for the cost of debris removal and repair of fences due to damage from the recent tornadoes. Operators should contact their local FSA office to apply for this program. Generally the office will either visit the site or ask the operator to document the damage with photographs prior to clean up. Click here for a fact sheet detailing the program. Click here for contact information to your local FSA office.
Finally, farm operators can contact their county Extension agent and/or county Emergency Manager to ask that a resource request be submitted to North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) for prison labor to remove debris from fields to allow normal cultural practices to resume. The owner/operator will need to sign a Right of Entry Agreement Waiver which will be provided by NCEM or the county Emergency Management office. Click here for contact information to your local Cooperative Extension Office.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Symptoms on pine include swollen areas on the branches, lumps or galls measuring up to 4 inches across, and slowed growth. Trunk galls on young trees may result in death or breakage of the trunk or branches at gall location. Galls on branches may girdle and kill tissue beyond the infection. Symptoms on oak leaves include small dark brown spots with yellow borders on the upper leaf surfaces, and reproductive structures develop on the underside of infected leaves.
In the spring, mature galls on the pine host release windblown spores, which infect expanding oak leaves. About one week after infection, orange spores are released from the underside of infected oak leaves, causing additional oak leaf infections.
The above photograph shows the orange spores produced by the pathogen and being released on the surface of the gall.
Control measures include removal of infected branches on pines to remove the source of inoculum (spores) available for infecting oak trees. No control measures are feasible on oak trees.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
A visit to the Bullington Center is a delight to anyone who appreciates the beauty and texture of flowers, ornamental and evergreen shrubs, and trees. The center's unique, natural setting changes with each new season. The existing gardens include colorful perennial borders, a butterfly garden, a shade garden, and an herb garden containing fragrant and dye, medicinal, and biblical herbs.
The biggest problem for homeowners is the bugs’ overwintering behavior of collecting inside structures and homes when seeking shelter, much like the multicolored Asian lady beetle. They do not harm people, but they can emit an unpleasant odor when crushed or vacuumed. Appearance in homes usually begins about late September or early October. For homes, sealing and caulking all entry spaces usually keeps stink bugs at bay. If they are found inside, hand removal and vacuuming are the best options. A piece of ladies’ hosiery over the vacuum’s nozzle allows for easy disposal of the insects and keeps the odor from lingering in the vacuum canister.
For more information, see this site.
Monday, April 4, 2011
As Earth Day, April 22, falls on a holiday this year, the Solid Waste Division is celebrating on April 21 by providing for free and safe recycling and disposal of household chemicals and cleaners, pesticides, insecticides and thermostats. Liquid paint will also be disposed of for a fee of $5 per liquid gallon.
The event will be in the rear of the Stoney Mountain Activity Center. Follow the directional signs at the entrance and exit of the activity center. Traffic entering the site will use the exit side of the current driveway, while the entrance will be used for the exit in order to make room for more vehicles.