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Japanese beetle

Rich Egger

After a brief break, cold temperatures have returned to the region. While that might mean you have to turn up the thermostat at home and bundle up before heading outside, a horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension said there is a silver lining to the extreme cold.

Kari Houle / University of Illinois Extension

The Japanese beetle can be a dreaded insect for any gardener. They are easy to spot with their copper colored wings but they are not as easy to stop. 

University of Illinois Extension

Farmers and home gardeners probably should not expect a respite from a voracious pest.

Purdue University Extension

Despite what they may be thinking now, Midwest grain farmers and backyard gardeners alike may be thankful for the recent arctic temperatures before 2014 is out.