ONEIDA COUNTY - You often see tomatoes growing in gardens across the Northwoods, but making sure tomato plants stay healthy is difficult here in Wisconsin because of tomato blight.
In Wisconsin, tomato plants often get a disease called tomato blight. It can come early or late in the season.
"That's always a big one where your tomatoes defoliate from the bottom up," says Brian Hudelson, the director of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic. "That's a very common one across the state, not only here but everywhere."
If you start to see it, don't let it grow out of control.
"If you have a problem with the disease, clean up the plants -as much of the debris as you possibly can," says Hudelson. "You can either burn, bury or hot compost that material to get rid of the pathogen."
Mulching is also a good way to prevent the disease from ever leaving the soil.
Experts also recommend keeping the leaves dry.
"Don't overhead water," says Hudelson. "That's a big one we talk about with folks, People like to sprinkle irrigate and that's not a good thing from a disease stand point."
If the disease keeps attacking your plants year after year, experts say it's a good idea to look into planting resistant varieties.
"Next year when you go in, move your tomatoes to a new location, space them far a part and make sure there's a lot of good air flow," says Hudelson. "Prune them routinely and cut out suckers so you open the canopy to more air penetration -that'll dry things."
People can get more advice on gardening at their local UW-Extension Office.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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