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    Know which plants are dangerous and protect your family, pets, and animals.

    There are many poisonous plants in Illinois, some are native plants and others were introduced into the state.

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    A properly constructed and maintained water well can provide many years of trouble free service, but a well can deteriorate or become damaged allowing surface contaminants to enter the water in the well. In addition, groundwater can become contaminated. The safety of a family’s drinking water is very important, so important that public water systems must monitor their water’s safety at least monthly. However, if you have a private well, regular testing is your responsibility.

    Annual Inspection and Testing

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    In the past three weeks, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been detected wild birds in the central U.S. flyway. The HPIA strains being detected are Eurasian H5 and Eurasian H5N1. Confirmed cases of HPIA have been confirmed in commercial and small flocks in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Michigan, so far none in Illinois.

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    With spring right around the corner and seed catalogs pouring in, many gardeners are anxious to get their hands in the soil, myself included.

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    Are you wondering what to do with your fresh-cut Christmas tree now that Christmas is over? How about recycling it? If you have a landscape recycling center or compost facility nearby, take it there and it will be converted into a renewable mulch or compost. Before you recycle your tree, it must be undecorated – no ornaments or lights or tree stand.

    In the Macon County area, people can drop off their undecorated trees at the Macon County Composting Facility. For more information, call the Facility at (217) 425-4505.

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    When temperatures start getting cold in late fall, it's time to make those last-minute preparations that help your bees have the best chance of surviving the winter.

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    I have been noticing tree frogs for the past month and a half. First, I saw a green one back in September on the porch door and then several on the kitchen window in the evening. This past Sunday, I noticed a gray tree frog sitting inside a storage shed. Locally, I have heard reports of people seeing numbers of them on the side of their houses.

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    This is the “wheel bug.” While it resembles something out of a horror movie, it is actually one of the “good’ insects. The semi-circle crest of this bug resembles half of a cog wheel, hence the name. It is a member of the Assassin bug family and they feed on soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars, moths, aphids, and leafhoppers.

    Do not pick them up, they can bite. Just leave them alone and let them feed on some of our nuisance insect pests.

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    Trees and shrubs are valuable elements in both public and private landscapes, and the wise investment of time and careful selection will onl

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    With frequent summer thunderstorms, we should be diligent in scouting for

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    Judging by the weed pressure in my garden, the growing season is in full force!

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    Roses have a long and vibrant history and have even been recognized as a status symbol.

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    These few weeks in April bring an onslaught of spectacular spring colors from blooming tree and shrub species.

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    If you're like me, while performing spring clean-up around the yard, you may realize some lawn care is also needed!

    Here are some helpful tips for the season:

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    2020 has been quite a year for all of us with all the changes that have been thrust upon us. This includes our farmers who supply fresh produce and meats to our local markets. With the health restrictions, many farmers had to quickly change from face-to-face market sales to online sales with delivery or pick-up. Other farmers had to quickly find new markets for their lost restaurant sales and still, others had to make changes so that customers could safely come to their farms.

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    Often people who have their own private water well forget how important it is to do an annual visual inspection of their well components and annual water testing.

    It does not take long to do, and it might save you an expensive well repair bill.

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    Fields are turning to browns and golds and harvest has begun. With farmers across Illinois spending long hours in the fields, they and their farm families are shifting mealtime from the kitchen table to the field.

    Being in the middle of a field without kitchen conveniences like microwaves, refrigerators, and sinks requires farmers, workers, and farm families to get creative with meals and snacks.

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    If you enjoy those sweet tender vegetables of spring, then you get another opportunity to enjoy them during the cooler temperatures of fall. The catch is that you have to plant them now during the month of August.

    Why does a fall crop need to be planted in August? Daylight and temperature.

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    Spring has sprung, the weather is gorgeous, and everyone wants to get outside. However, social distancing measures prevent many of us from being in public spaces. We can’t gather with others, but we still care about our families and our community. What a perfect time to revisit the victory garden and give a whole new meaning to the word VICTORY.