DNR - Entomology Weekly Review, June 4


Weekly Review for June 4, 2019

This informal report by the Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology is designed to update the Nursery and Greenhouse industry of insect and disease pests the Division has been encountering on a week to week basis and as a way to give a “heads up” of things to be on the lookout for. Comments and questions about this report are welcome and can be sent to your respective Inspector.

Our Website
Inspector Territories

Eric Biddinger (Nursery Inspector & Compliance Officer) - EBiddinger@dnr.IN.gov 

Off to a slow start on nursery inspections. Hollyhock rust was just starting out. Apple scab has the potential to problematic this year. Interestingly, I haven’t come across any fireblight to this point.

Ren Hall (Nursery Inspector & Compliance Officer) RHall@dnr.IN.gov

I was on vacation last week, so, I don’t have much to report, other than that on dealer inspections today I have been seeing a lot of drought-stressed plants. Most of these are out on pallets in parking lots at box store dealers and they are just not keeping up with the watering in this heat. The funny thing to me is that after the stores severely injure or kill the plants by not watering, they put them on the clearance rack.


Kristy Stultz (Nursery Inspector & Compliance Officer) - KStultz@dnr.IN.gov

It’s been a busy few weeks working on the Sudden Oak Death issue, but while removing infected rhododendrons from sale, I also noticed Sarah Bernhardt Peonies with a suspected virus. Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab has confirmed Peony ringspot virus and Tobacco Rattle Virus on submitted samples.


No reports this week

Megan Abraham (Division Director & State Entomologist) - MAbraham@dnr.IN.gov

Eric Bitner (Nursery Inspector & Compliance Officer) - EBitner@dnr.IN.gov

Kallie Bontrager (Nursery Inspector & Compliance Officer) - KBontrager@dnr.IN.gov

Vince Burkle (Nursery Inspector & Compliance Officer) - VBurkle@dnr.IN.gov

Ken Cote (Nursery Inspector & Compliance Officer) - KCote@dnr.IN.gov

Phil Marshall (State Forest Health Specialist) - PMarshall@dnr.IN.gov

Kathleen Prough (Chief Apiary Inspector) - KPrough@dnr.IN.gov

Angela Rust (Nursery Inspector & Compliance Officer) - ARust@dnr.IN.gov

Jared Spokowsky (Nursery Inspetor & Compliance Officer)Jspokowsky@dnr.IN.gov

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.