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My apologies to EAB


Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

With the tornado related concerns last week, I slighted "Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week." I've been drawing some comparisons between EAB and tornados in my mind. Not on how they affect us, but on how the press treats them.

Nationally, the tornado in Joplin, MO certainly caught the national news attention over our small tornado and rightfully so. When referring to EAB, nationally thirteen states have EAB, and Michigan has virtually lost all their ash trees. Minnesota is on the fringe of that expansion.

On the state level there was wind damage on the north edge of the Twin Cities that caused $15 billion in damages. That seems to have Minnesota's attention, much more so than the tornado damage in Fillmore and Houston Counties. The fact that EAB has been confirmed in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties seems to be a much bigger issue than Houston County having EAB.

While gathering material on EAB, I contacted Extension Entomologist Jeff Hahn. Jeff told me there hasbeen no new confirmed EAB sites in Minnesota in 2011, yet! He has also sent me a large supply of very nice one-page color bulletins titled "Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota".

There is a fine Extension website http://www.extension.umn.edu/issues/eab/ with a lot of great information, but the Extension website does not have this bulletin. If you would like a copy, stop by either the Houston or Fillmore County Extension Offices.

Some of the information contained in the bulletin is websites and phone numbers for various situations. For example, if you suspect you have found EAB and you have internet access, check out the previously listed website. If you cannot easily rule out EAB you can contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Arrest the Pest Hotline 651-201-6684 or 1-888-545-6684.

With the state and federal quarantine for Houston, Ramsey, and Hennepin counties in effect, the movement of any hardwood firewood, as well as ash branches, limbs, and similar materials is restricted. For more information concerning the quarantine, call the Arrest the Pest Hotline, 651-201-6684 or 1-888-545-6684.

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