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.
ARMSTRONG CREEK - Around 9:12 a.m. on Saturday emergency responders assisted a 49-year-old Crandon man who accidentally shot himself while hunting in Armstrong Creek, according to DNR Safety Specialist Warden Mark Little.
Little said the man saw a deer while sitting in his truck. He went to grab his rifle, and as he was manipulating the gun it went off. A bullet went through the man's upper right leg and lower left leg, exiting out the driver-side door.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Salvation Army hopes to raise $40,000 in its bell ringing campaign again this year. It reached that goal during the holidays a year ago.
Volunteers kicked off the bell ringing drive at Trig's and Shopko on Friday. Eighty-six percent of money raised stays in the Rhinelander area to help families in emergencies.
"We're very excited that we're keeping our goal at 40 (thousand dollars) this year, and we're hoping that people are continuing to be generous in helping us reach that goal," Rhinelander Salvation Army Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said. "People are friendly, they're excited, they're like, 'Oh, it's bell ringing time!' [That] always means the holidays. We're excited about that."
You'll see volunteers at Trig's and Shopko through the holidays. Bell ringing starts at Walmart next week.
EAGLE RIVER - Americans eat more than 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day. That much thawing, handling, and cooking of turkeys means people can make mistakes.
The Vilas County Public Health Department wants to help people avoid exposing themselves to dangerous bacteria. It says frozen turkeys should always be thawed in the refrigerator or under running water.
"You don't want to set them out on your countertop for any amount of time to thaw them because that's when they're going to be in the 'danger zone.' The 'danger zone' is between 40 and 140 [degrees Fahrenheit], and that's when pathogens can grow," said Vilas County Registered Sanitarian Amy Springer.
ROSENDALE, WI - An explosion and fire at a cheese plant in Fond du Lac County sent one person to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Travis Klotzbach, of Brandon, was using a cutting torch on an empty 55-gallon barrel in the auto shop at Knaus Cheese near Rosendale when the explosion happened just after 7 a.m. Friday.
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.