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In "What's Killing My Kale?", get research based solutions to pest issues affecting fruit and vegetable crops from University of MN Extension. Learn how to manage weeds, insects, diseases, and more.

What's Killing My Kale? University of MN Extension, Annie Klodd, Natalie Hoidal

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In "What's Killing My Kale?", get research based solutions to pest issues affecting fruit and vegetable crops from University of MN Extension. Learn how to manage weeds, insects, diseases, and more.

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 10: Flowering and fruit set in cucurbits

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 10: Flowering and fruit set in cucurbits

    In Season 3 Episode 10 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked with Dr. Brent Loy, emeritus professor of plant genetics and cucurbit breeder extraordinaire at the University of New Hampshire.  Every year we hear about fruiting in flowering issues in cucurbit crops towards the middle of the summer. Many of the strategies to prevent this from happening should be implemented now, when you're transplanting. In this episode we discussed: Why we so often see flower abortion, small fruit, and oddly shaped fruits, particularly in summer squash and zucchiniThe biology of male and female flowers in various types of cucurbits (and why it matters)The role that variety selection playsBest practices for nutrient management and spacing in cucurbits Click here to download and listen to the episode directly. You can also listen to all of our episodes on Apple Podcasts. Please leave on iTunes. As always, reach out and let us know if there are any topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes!

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 8: Measuring soil health: biological activity

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 8: Measuring soil health: biological activity

    In Season 3, episode 8 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked to Local Extension Educators Claire LaCanne (Rice & Steele Counties) and Shane Bugeja (Le Sueur and Blue Earth Counties) about their recent trials to measure soil biological activity.  Photo: Claire LaCanne With increasing interest in soil health over the years, at-home trials such as the soiled undies test and the tea bag test have become increasingly common. But do they work? Claire and Shane conducted trials to compare these common at-home tests to more sophisticated lab tests of soil biological activity.  In this episode we discussed: How to conduct these tests, and whether they workHow soil biological activity relates to other aspects of soil health suchSituations in which these types of test might be appropriateClick here to download and listen to the episode directly. You can also listen to all of our episodes on Apple Podcasts.

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 9: Nutrient management in wet soils

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 9: Nutrient management in wet soils

    In Season 3, episode 9 of What's Killing My Kale, Natalie talked to Dr. Paulo Pagliari, an associate professor of soil science at the University of Minnesota, about nutrient management in wet soils.  Though this spring has been relatively dry, our climate is becoming wetter overall, and we may still see heavy rainfall and flooding this season. In preparation, we interviewed Paulo to learn about best practices. Much of the information in this episode is also relevant for normal conditions in addition to flooding conditions. In this episode we discussed: Image: Anne SawyerBest practices for split applications and when to apply different fertilizer sourcesHow to respond if you suspect that a heavy rainfall or flooding event resulted in nitrogen leachingFoliar testingBest practices for manure applications to prevent leachingHow to adapt your nutrient management practices in reduced tillage systemsClick here to download and listen to the episode directly. You can also listen to all of our episodes on Apple Podcasts.

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 6: An Update on Organic Spotted Wing Drosophila Management

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 6: An Update on Organic Spotted Wing Drosophila Management

    Spotted wing Drosophila on a raspberry. Photo: Charlie Rohwer, UMNIn Season 3 Episode 6 of What's Killing My Kale, Annie talked with Dr. Mary Rogers, an Assistant Professor studying organic food production systems in the Department of Horticulture. They discussed recent research findings from Dr. Rogers team, as well as other farms and researchers around the country, about the best ways to manage spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) organically.  You can listen to and download the episode here. What's Killing my Kale is also available on Apple Podcasts and FruitEdge. If you enjoy listening to our podcast, please leave a review on iTunes. As always, reach out and let us know if there are any topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes!

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 5: The Economics of Spotted Wing Drosophila Management

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 5: The Economics of Spotted Wing Drosophila Management

    Spotted wing drosophila damage on tart cherry. Photo: Annie KloddIn Season 3 Episode 5 of What's Killing My Kale, Annie talked with Gigi Digiacomo, a research fellow in the Department of Applied Economics. They discussed Digiacomo's recent findings about how spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) has impacted the Minnesota berry industry, and weighed the economics of SWD management strategies.  You can listen to and download the episode here. What's Killing my Kale is also available on Apple Podcasts and FruitEdge. If you enjoy listening to our podcast, please leave a review on iTunes. As always, reach out and let us know if there are any topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes!

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 4: Climate adaptation at Little Hill Berry Farm

    What's Killing My Kale Season 3 Episode 4: Climate adaptation at Little Hill Berry Farm

    In Season 3 Episode 4 of What's Killing My Kale, Annie talked with Aaron Wills from Little Hill Berry Farm. They discussed how climate change is impacting fruit production, and strategies for adaptation. This is the fourth and final episode in a mini series about how climate change is impacting our ability to grow fruits and vegetables in MN. You can listen to and download the episode here. What's Killing my Kale is also available on Apple Podcasts and FruitEdge. If you enjoy listening to our podcast, please leave a review on iTunes. As always, reach out and let us know if there are any topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes!

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