- Obama takes aim at ‘corporate deserters’
- Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
- Senators: Cease-fire must allow Israel to defend against rockets, tunnels
- Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease
- Iraq welcomes Russian fighter jets, helicopter gunships into ISIL fight
- John McCain laments: Obama’s ‘self-pity … is really kind of sad’
- GOP offer to fix VA gives $10 billion in emergency funds
- Paul Ryan offers to repair U.S. economic safety net with a single grant stream
- Kim Jong-un builds bond with Putin: $250M Russia-backed addition to key port opens
- Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death
Fire blight disease strikes Indiana pear trees
Question of the Day
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Plant experts are warning Indiana homeowners to watch for signs of a disease called fire blight that can kill pear trees and has spread more after this year’s harsh winter.
The disease gets its name from the dark brown or black coloring it gives the tree leaves, making them looked scorched, according to Purdue University’s College of Agriculture.
“You can see the blighting on the outside of the branch. It turns black, and it’s very obvious something is wrong,” Tom Creswell, director of Purdue’s Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory, told the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/U2hWeJ ).
Other signs of the disease include wilting shoots and black cankers on branches.
Creswell said Indiana typically has some instances of fire blight each spring, but that the harsh winter increased occurrences of the disease, which is passed from tree to tree by water in open cuts or cracks in the bark. It’s most prevalent in the spring because of warmer weather, coupled with rain.
It can be spread by wind, rain, insects and bees, Creswell said.
Purdue University Extension provides further details on the diseases causes, symptoms and treatment in a brochure titled “Fruit Diseases: Fire Blight on Fruit Trees in the Home Orchard.” The brochure can be downloaded from the Purdue Extension website for no charge.
Creswell suggests pruning the affected parts of the tree 12 to 18 inches beyond the diseased part and into green, healthy-looking tissue. That’s because blight might be deeper than is visible.
Pruning should take place in the hot and dry part of summer or during the winter, as the disease tends to stop spreading during those times, Creswell.
“If they can prune it out in the wintertime before the spring growth starts, that’s the best time,” he said.
Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com
TWT Video Picks
By Michael Widlanski
Leveling the battlefield to aid terrorists enables evil to fight on
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Norway expects imminent 'concrete threat' from ISIL terrorists 'within days'
- State Department indicates Nouri al-Maliki's days numbered as Iraq prime minister
- Evidence shows Russia firing artillery into Ukraine: Pentagon
- Hamas orders civilians to die in Israeli airstrikes
- Calif. dolls were meant to spread cheer, not chill
- Obama family set to buy $4.25M desert home in California: report
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq