We are first time pig farmers, there was a strange red tinged substance scattered in one area of the pig pen today. (Image attached) The 3 pigs we got two days ago are weaners. They came to us with Diarreah, that has since hardened up. It appeared they ate an aluminum can they found in the borrowed trailer we used to bring them home. Concerned this substance is blood of some sort. The pigs are sound asleep right now.(6:50pm) and have been for at least an hour. I woke them and they aren't interested in food, one has droopy ears. What could this be? Should I call a vet or observe more? Also, they are provided a wallow, choose not to use it, lay in the sun and get sunburnt, any suggestions?
UPDATE: They are all up and eating this morning, but really sunburnt. How can I help them with that? Is wallowing instinctive or a learned behavior?
PS, Included pics of my pigs, can you identify the breed?
Bingham County Idaho almost 6 years ago
I had my lawn soil tested last August. And one of the Promblems is it has a reading for Organic Matter of 0.0 .Does this mean I should not be picking up the grass clippings since I've been doing this for 30+ yrs. To do my lawn with Compost if I could find it in BULK would cost many $$$ since I have over 11'000 sq. ft. Also Potassium is very low (44 ppm ) I did put 50 lbs. of lime per 1,000 sq. ft. This spring and planning on doing the same thing in the fall. Last I'm going to use 12 - 0 - 12 three times this year. Am I going in the right direction ? Thank You , AL Warner, Monroe Mi.
Several dogwood trees on our property appear to have a borer. The bark is chipping off, and the leaves appear to be in distress. There are also what appear to be holes in the trunk. Are these treatable?
Montgomery County Pennsylvania almost 6 years ago
I was cutting down some dead pecan trees and it was full of these worms. The largest was a little under 2 inches. I have looked all over the internet and can't seem to find out what they are. I would love some help to ID them. Thank you in advance.
Victoria County Texas tree health almost 6 years ago
Had a colt Saturday night onto Sunday morning. It was past due. Sunday morning we found the colt standing in the pasture and found the mare dead. The colt was cleaned up and we are pretty positive that it nursed and got some Colostum from the mare. Fed it Colostrum replacer all day Sunday and into Monday morning. Have been feeding it milk replacer since at 1 pint every 4 hours. It is eating and doing well. It is now three days old. Is it ok to stop the middle of the night feedings and let it go from 10 pm- 5 am now?
Cedar County Iowa almost 6 years ago
Ok, had a friend drop this off on my porch this morning while I was gone. She says it is from her Mother's yard in Baltimore. Her Mother is freaked out and wants to call Orkin. It is an oddly solid (like an old mashmallow), yet fuzzy spherical growth (?) from her oak tree. The tree does have some grape vines wrapped through out, so I suppose the oak branch could be hosting a grape pest. It really is very white with cute pinkish red polka dots. I can tear it open, but the last garden oddity she brough me gave me a rash so I would rather get your opinion before I try that again! If you need more photos I can take some in better light tomorrow morning.
Can you identify the species of Japanese maple shown in the photograph? . It came from a seed from a 30-40 foot tall 'mother' tree 20 feet away and is almost 2years old. Thanks.
Some of my tomato plants have a number of leaves exhibiting the bleached/whitefish patches as in the attached photo. This damage appeared sometime over the last couple of days. Is this a disease or maybe cold damage? Thanks.
One of our ancient black walnut trees is dead and will soon be removed. We would like to plant a large fast-growing tree (maybe a sequoia) in its place. Will we have to worry about residual black walnut (juglone) toxicity and if so is there anything that can be done to make the site less toxic to a new tree or is there a type of tree that will be more resistant to the toxin?
Lane County Oregon almost 6 years ago
I have three apple trees that have been planted for about four years. Last year all three bore a few apples. This spring only one of the trees has blossoms. Two of the trees are macintosh. I'm not sure what the other is. Do they only produce fruit every other year.
Campbell County Wyoming almost 6 years ago
I have what I assume is a common Catalpa tree. It is approximately 7' around at the base and in the area of 30' tall. The tree appears to be in excellent condition. Over the past several years many roots have become exposed - or worked their way up through the soil. Most of these exposed roots are large - several inches in diameter and are within several feet of the trunk. If I am correct, this is not an issue for concern and a natural occurrence for the tree. Can hostas be planted underneath this tree without injuring it? I have roughly 50 hostas to move that are currently located underneath a dying maple tree. My ideal would be to create a bed underneath this tree - or slightly off to one side. Will it harm the tree to have a depth of dirt placed over the roots? If I built a bed around the tree - should I have a well around the trunk where no dirt would touch it? Would the introduction of boulders (small - 6-10") 5 feet or so the perimeter (as bed border) of the tree cause damage? Thank you for any assistance you can provide!
I got 10 baby turkeys. One died shortly after I got them home and a second one developed leg problems. From it's knees down his legs don't work. He can move his talons, but he can't walk so he tries to walk on his knees and uses his wings. I just thought it was a freak thing so I bring him in with one other baby every night to make sure he is eating and drinking and in the morning I take them back out to be with everyone during the day. I just went out to check on him and the second baby is starting to have the same issues. What is happening with them. Do they need something extra in their diet or is it a disease? Thank you, Lora
What kind of fertilizer should I use for my second-year asparagus?
Columbia County Wisconsin horticulture almost 6 years ago
I planted this rather large (maybe 2-3 years old) cherry tree about a two months ago and now there are lots of yellow leaves which seem to be clustered near where the blossoms were. It is mulched and kept clear of weeds. It even bloomed about three weeks ago. Do you know what might be causing this? Thank you !
I want to replace my drought intolerant front yard w/ xeriscape. My extension agent here in La Plata County, CO (whom I trust), suggested I rent a sod remover to tear out the existing grass.
- should I mow first? (got 3-5" of weeds/grass right now)
- do I need to rake up the roots from the old grass? or should I simply leave it, for tilling?
- any other advice, before I rent this thing?
Thanks very much!!
La Plata County Colorado lawns and turf almost 6 years ago
Because of the late snow and cold my ash has no leaves as yet. What is the consensus with regard to the potential for leaves to begin appearing? The tree itself looks fine.
Arapahoe County Colorado trees and shrubs almost 6 years ago
I live in Clay county just north of Vermillion. I have 3-4 areas in my backyard that are 3ft round areas with 6-8 1-2inch holes around the perimeter and a few holes in the center area. The whole area is sunken down a few inches like it must be honeycombed under the sod. Do you know if it would be snakes, moles,voles or what?
When you use vinegar as a weed killer, does it do any damage to the nutrients in the soil? We're putting in a backyard are considering using vinegar to kill the existing weeds, but we will be planting a lawn and want to make sure that we don't damage the soil in any way that will affect future lawn or other plant growth.
Utah County Utah almost 6 years ago
How do I know if I have termites? What do I ask during the inspection?
Gwinnett County Georgia almost 6 years ago
Where do I send a Stink Bug collected in my yard in S.E. Portland. A news item last week said the study wanted them sent in.
Multnomah County Oregon almost 6 years ago
I've questioned Chip Miller on this issue in the past but haven't gotten any direct answer. Does anyone know what's going on with all the dying trees? They are very pale (no, it's not because they're supposed to be or that it's Spring) and have been pale for years until they eventually don't foliate in the Spring and die. Our parks look terrible with probably 50% of them dying or already dead. The city cuts down live healthy trees and leaves the dead ones. The ones that are dying are many varieties with maybe the exception of Osage Orange and Hackberry. Please find out why we're losing our beautiful trees. No one plants new ones when they die. Thank you for your information. Marcia Graham
Saline County Kansas almost 6 years ago
Last year my petunias died. This year I bought from a different nursery, but the same thing is happening again.
Last year, I tried Insecticidal Soap; this year, I thought I'd ask for help from you.
Rockingham County Virginia horticulture almost 6 years ago
The bark is separating from the trunk & lateral branches in large sections, what could be the cause. I had a photo but was unable to attach
Multnomah County Oregon almost 6 years ago
I bought a redbud tree late last summer. It is about 6 feet tall. This year while all the other redbuds in the area bloomed with beautiful purple flowers, mine began to sprout leaves. I only got about 10 small clusters of purple here and there. It looks healthy, but no flowers. It is planted in sun, does get some shade of taller trees. The leaves are green and I was told it would have "double flowers". Will it ever flower?
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