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Just when a garden looks good, ravenous Japanese beetles can promptly emerge in the heart of summer to devour the gardener's favorite plants.
Summer marks a hiatus from the daily responsibilities and scheduled demands children face during the school year, which provides a structure for eating, sleeping and physical activities. But in summer, if children engage in less physical activity, they may gain up to three times as much weight as they do over an entire school year.
Hot weather and a high heat index are a challenge for farmers each summer. During heat waves, farmers need to take precautions for their animals to minimize the risk of injury and sickness from prolonged exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
Heat exposure kills more people each year than floods, tornadoes, lightning and hurricanes combined. Heat-related illness can develop quickly and progress to deadly stages.
After flooding occurs, gardeners often raise questions about the safety of consuming produce from gardens that were under water for a day or two.
People who feel their paychecks are not keeping up with everyday expenses may be right — median household income is down for many families across Wisconsin.
Bruce Johnson has put a great deal of time and money into changing the way he uses energy — his house on the east side of Madison sports three rooftop solar-panel installations.
Invasive species are a familiar and persistent challenge across the United States. Kudzu is engulfing the South, gypsy moths have been consuming forests in the East, and the emerald ash borer is wreaking havoc on several species of ash trees here in the Midwest.
Fish with spinach
Vegetables, fruits, whole grains and a variety of proteins are basic to good health. However most Wisconsin children and their families don't eat enough of these foods.
Adult lily leaf beetles
Gardeners in central Wisconsin should be on the lookout for the lily leaf beetle and be ready to help prevent it from spreading around the state. Bright red in color, this invasive insect is turning up in Marathon and Portage counties.