Agriculture

Learn how to take the fire out of fire ants on September 4

Calls have been coming into Extension Centers across the piedmont area of North Carolina, including Chatham County, throughout the spring and summer about the fire ant mounds popping up. In response, Chatham County’s Extension Agent Charlotte Glen and Extension Director Sam Groce will conduct a free program, Taking the Fire Out of Fire Ants, on Thursday Sept. 4, 2014 from 7 to 9 pm at the Chatham Extension Center in Pittsboro.

What is the white fluffy stuff on my shrubs?

I get lots of gardening questions from visitors when I am working in my pollinator garden at Chatham Mills. Several people have asked me what is the white fluffy stuff they are seeing on the stems of shrubs. I have also seen quite a bit of this “problem” at the pollinator garden. At first I thought they were mealybugs but upon closer inspection I discovered they were nymphs of the flatid planthopper.

Bee school

The Chatham County Beekeepers Association conducts an eight week bee school every other year with our next one in 2015. I get several calls a year asking about bee schools and I wanted to make you aware that one will be starting on April 21st in Raleig…