Dr. John Ball to talk about flood-impacted trees, shrubs

South Dakota State University Forestry Specialist Dr. John Ball will present on the impact the summer's flood had on the area's shrubs and trees Friday, Dec. 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Stoney Creek Inn, 300 Third St., Sioux City, IA. This presentation will be held following the Tri-State Fruit and Vegetable Growers Symposium being hosted by Extension services in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Ball will address short-term and long-term health of trees in city parks and on private property affected by flooding. This session on flood recovery is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

Ball will also present at the fruit and vegetable growers conference which will be held from 12 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. providing an overview of specialty crops.

Other topics to be covered during the conference include fruit trees, aronia berries, grapes, ethnic vegetable varieties, organic insect and pest control, and community supported agriculture strategies.

The symposium and flood recovery presentation is planned in partnership with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, University of Nebraska Extension, and South Dakota State University Extension. For more information or to register call ISU Extension-Woodbury County at (712) 276-2157 or visit www.flavorsofnorthwestiowa.org.

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