June 27, 2022

Calendar: Tomato Troubles

MONTICELLO, Ill. — Learn how to grow great tomatoes at the program Tomato Troubles presented by Piatt County master gardeners at noon June 21 at the Piatt County Extension office, 210 S. Market St., Monticello.

Discussed will be tomato growing tips, common diseases and pests, and best management techniques.

Register at tinyurl.com/39k3daww. For more information, call Beth Miglin at 217-762-2191.

Tractor Driving Contest

MT. VERNON, Ind. — The Posey County 4-H Tractor Driving Contest will be at 9 a.m. CT June 18 at Juncker Outdoor Power & Equipment, 1331 E. Fourth St., Mt. Vernon.

Vermillion County Fair

CAYUGA, Ind. — Vermillion County Fair, June 18-25, Fairgrounds Road, Cayuga; www.vermillioncountyfairboard.com; 812-249-2026.

Wayne County 4-H Fair

RICHMOND, Ind. — Wayne County 4-H Fair, June 18-25, 861 N. Salisbury Road, Richmond; www.wayneco4hfair.com; sandyhouse1@yahoo.com; 765-489-5559.

Jasper County Fair

NEWTON, Ill. — Jasper County Fair, June 19-25, 1300 Fairground Ave., Newton; www.jaspercofairnewtonillinois.org; 618-783-3901.

Grant County Fair

MARION, Ind. — Grant County Fair, June 19-25, 1403 E. SR 18, Marion; www.grantcountyinfair.com; info@grantcountyinfair.com; 765-664-0343.

Miami County 4-H Fair

PERU, Ind. — Miami County 4-H Fair, June 19-25, 1029 W 200 N, Peru; www.miamicounty4hfair.com; info@miamicounty4hfair.com; 765-473-9656.

Summer Twilight Series

JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. — Libby and Derek Ervin of Glacier’s End are teaming up with University of Illinois Extension to host the second of four twilight meetings at 6 p.m. June 20 at their orchard, Glacier’s End, 18538 Pittsburg Road, Johnston City.

Glacier’s End is agribusiness-focused on specialty crops and cottage foods. They specialize in preserving food and beverages primarily sourced from their orchard, gardens and woods, and they supplement from local farms and growers. Their production allows them to cultivate rare and unique varieties of fruit, vegetables and flowers as they create delicious products for their kitchen and cellar. At the twilight meeting, the Ervins will demonstrate how they use natural fermentation processes and traditional methods to preserve their fruit and vegetables, producing healthy and delicious creations.

In addition, Family Life Educator Robin Ridgley will be on hand to discuss the Weathering the Storm program, which was developed by Michigan State University Extension to help farmers and farm families improve their toolkit of coping strategies related to farm stress. A brief overview of this program, along with resources to improve stress management, will be provided.

Register by visiting tinyurl.com/m6j9hzck.

Dearborn County Fair

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Dearborn County Fair, June 20-25, 351 E Eads Pkwy., Lawrenceburg; www.dearborncountyfair.com; dearborncountyfair@yahoo.com; 812-926-1189.

Natives vs. Cultivars

Natives vs. Cultivars will be the topic of the online Four Seasons Gardening program at 1:30 p.m. June 21.

Breeding and selection programs have given gardeners a vast array of choices when it comes to plants for the home landscape. In addition to seeking the newest, most unique plant cultivars, many gardeners are also wanting to plant for pollinators and beneficial insects.

Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Emily Swihart will explore the cross section of these two gardening trends in a effort to better understand how we can plant to impress creatures large and small.

Register at tinyurl.com/4c9rt74w.

Seed Treatment Workshop

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. — Purdue Extension will host a Seed Treatment Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET June 21 at the Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center, 4821 E 400 S, Columbia City.

The workshop is an opportunity for farmers and agribusiness professionals to hear the latest technological and research updates along with ways to protect themselves and the environment. Credits will be available for individuals seeking continuing credits for their Category 4 seed treatment license and certified crop adviser licenses. Presentations will include:

• “Seed Care Technologies/Production Management” by Norm Wagoner of KALO Seed Care.

• “Managing Inventory as a Way of Protecting Product Efficacy” by Fred Whitford, Purdue Pesticide Programs.

• " Seed Labeling Laws; Seed Treatment Licensing Updates,” by Joe Becovitz, Office of Indiana State Chemist.

• “Effectiveness of Insecticides/Water Solubility of Neonicotinoids,” by Christian Krupke, Purdue Entomology Department.

• “Reading Pesticide Labels/Pesticide Safety” by James Wolff and John Woodmansee, Purdue Extension Educators.

Registration is $80 per person and includes lunch. Register online at cvent.me/Y7498z. For more information, contact Ed Farris, Purdue Extension educator in Huntington County, at 260-358-4826 or emfarris@purdue.edu.

Connecting with Nature

ROCKFORD, Ill. — A native plant garden was established in 2010 behind the Winnebago County Extension office, 1040 N. Second St., Rockford. Over the years, many challenges have been overcome and the garden continues to flourish under the watchful eye of Master Naturalist Ginnie Watson and others. Join Watson in the garden at 6 p.m. June 22 to learn about the plant selection, care and benefits of native plants.

Register for this free Connecting with Nature program at tinyurl.com/yuxam382.

Montgomery County Fair

BUTLER, Ill. — Montgomery County Fair, June 22-25, 300 Water St., Butler; 217-324-5829.

Western Illinois Fair

GRIGGSVILLE, Ill. — Western Illinois Fair, June 22-26, 516 S. Oak St., Griggsville; www.westernillinoisfair.com; info@westernillinoisfair.com; 217-833-2116.

Vermilion County Fair & Expo

OAKWOOD, Ill. — Vermilion County Fair & Expo, June 22-26, 17528 N. 1180 East Road, Oakwood; vermilioncountyfair.org; 217-474-3706.

Master Gardener Help Desk

CLINTON, Ill. — Talk with DeWitt County master gardeners from 3 to 5 p.m. June 23 at the at Vespasian Warner Public Library, 310 N. Quincy St., Clinton, to learn garden tips and have any of your gardening questions answered.

For more information about the Help Desk, call Beth Miglin at 217-762-2191.

High Tunnels Field Day

SIMPSON, Ill. — More Illinois specialty crop growers are planting in high tunnels to benefit from the extended growing season, increased crop diversity, higher yields, and improved quality. But high tunnels come with their own unique challenges including insect pests that can cause major damage if not controlled. Pesticides are one control measure but can be challenging as not many insecticides are labeled for use within a high tunnel or some insecticides can also eliminate any natural predators, making pest outbreaks more likely.

Walk through the high tunnels at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center, 354 IL-145, Simpson, at 6 p.m. June 23 with University of Illinois crop science experts to learn about cutting-edge research updates. Kacie Athey, specialty crops entomologist, and Bronwyn Aly, University of Illinois Extension educator, will share their experiences and observations from their research on biological control — using predator insects to manage insect pest populations.

Research has shown that biological control is effective on insect pests in greenhouses, but it’s unknown if they work in a high tunnel system, a hoop structure covered with plastic, that is passively vented and not completely enclosed. To help Illinois growers protect their investment, researchers launched a two-year project in the summer of 2021 at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center. Athey and Aly released insect predators into high tunnels with tomatoes, peppers, and a few other crops to see if and how they affected common pest populations of spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, and thrips.

There is no cost to attend, but preregister at go.illinois.edu/BiologicalControl. For more information, contact Aly at 618-695-2441 or baly@illinois.edu.

Bartholomew County Fair

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew County Fair, June 24-July 2, 750 W 200 S, Columbus; www.bartholomewcountyfair.com; office@bartholomewcountyfair.com; 812-372-6133.

Marion County Fair

INDIANAPOLIS — Marion County Fair, June 24-July 3, 7300 E. Troy Ave., Indianapolis; www.marioncountyfair.org; marioncountyfair@comcast.net; 317-353-2444.

Moultrie-Sullivan Junior Fair

SULLIVAN, Ill.— Moultrie-Sullivan Junior Fair, June 24-25, 4-H Center, 1400 N CR 1500 E, Sullivan; moultriesullivanfair.com; 217-549-0831.

Happy Hour Hike

URBANA, Ill. — The East Central Illinois Master Naturalists and Champaign County Climate Coalition invite you to join a Happy Hour Hike June 24 at the University of Illinois Arboretum and Pollinatarium. Meet at 5 p.m. in the parking lot just south of Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.

After the Happy Hour Hike, participants are invited to head over to Green Drinks at Riggs, 1901 S. High Cross Road, Urbana.

No registration is necessary. More events and information can be found on the Champaign County Climate Coalition Facebook page, or reach out to Amanda at achriste@illinois.edu or 217-333-7672.

Macon County Garden Walk

DECATUR, Ill. — The Macon County Garden Walk will be from 1 to 5 p.m. June 25. Enjoy a self-guided tour of six gardens, showcasing everything from water gardening, rose gardening, and container gardening to pollinator gardening. Stroll through beautifully designed gardens in Decatur’s Downtown Historical District, the west end, and the north side of Decatur.

Tickets are $10 in advance. Youth ages 12 and under are free. Advance tickets are available online at go.illinois.edu/MaconGardenWalk or by visiting the Macon County Extension office at 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd., Decatur.

Tickets will be available for $12 on the day of the walk at Farmer’s Market Garden Center, 1805 N. Main St., Decatur, from 12-4 p.m., .

For more information, call Julia Duncan at 217-877-6042.

Garden Walk

CHURUBUSCO, Ind. — The 2022 Master Gardeners’ Garden Walk will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET June 25 in the Churubusco area. Signs throughout the Churubusco area will direct you to one of the six gardens.

Tickets in advance are $8 each and are available from any Whitley County master gardener or at the Purdue Extension office, 524 Branch Court, Columbia City. Tickets will be available for $10 on the day of the event at any of the gardens on the Garden Walk.

For more information, call 260-244-7615.