Branch County, Michigan

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Maple tree splotches

I have white splotches on my maple tree. It has some droopy and overturned leaves. Please help.


Branch County MI over 1 year ago

Foreign grass in my yard

A foreign type grass typically on golf courses is spreading in my yard. My yard is thick and plush in the spring, but as summer progresses spots of this grass begin to spread. We are located on Coldwater Lake and the problem is primarily on the lake side. Neither of my neighbors seem to have this problem. My yard maintenance company says nothing can be done. I am hoping you might have a solution. Thank you, Wayne Weaver


Branch County MI 5 months ago

Legally Advertising and Selling Farm Raised Pork

Good morning MSU Extension,

I am interested in continuing my tradition of raising pigs during the summer as I have the past few years. Usually I raised pigs for the local 4-H fair, but now I am too old for this. I want to raise feeders instead and then sell them to my friends and family. There is a local USDA certified butcher that would be doing all the butchering, processing, and packaging. I was curious how I can legally do this and advertise it in the State of Michigan.


Branch County MI pork safety pork production selling pork over 1 year ago

Oak tree

Is it dying or should I have it pruned Is this wilt oak disease? ? White Oak, not Red



Branch County MI trees and shrubs horticulture over 6 years ago

Eagle Scout Project

I am inquiring on information, or to be directed to someone who could supply us with the needed information on an Eagle Scout project my son has in mind to earn his Eagle ranking with Boy Scouts. He would like to raise a flock of chickens to donate the meat to a local food pantry. We already raise meat and egg chickens for our own use and it would make for an easily managed project for him to do so for the pantry of his choice. He is only planning on appoximately 50 birds for this project.

We raise our personal flocks in a 'chicken tractor' set up so they have plenty of space, clean environment, and moved to fresh pasture area each day. We feed from local feed mill sourcing, and always keep fresh water available. Is this within guidelines for donated chicken?

Also what are the requirement for butchering of said birds? Would they need to be done in a licenced facility, or is there a type of home set up that would cover the needs to donate said birds? We manage our own (approximately 50 birds per year) between an outside setup with a plucker machine and finished in kitchen to be frozen same day. If in a licenced facility, is there any that are know that would work with such a project?

We appreciate any information and time spent answering our questions.


Branch County MI poultry poultry processing 4-h poultry over 1 year ago

Very old canned tomatoes

We cleaning out a basement, found 20 jars of canned tomatoes. These jars are very old we estimate 30 to 40 years. How do we dispose of this food, will it contain botulism spores


Branch County MI over 1 year ago

Cucumbers not growing

I have tiny cucumbers but they aren’t getting any larger. The plant looks healthy


Branch County MI cucumbers cucurbits hand-pollination 6 months ago

Invasive weed

How can I get rid of this very invasive weed ?


Branch County MI over 3 years ago

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