Clean up Those Fields with Fall Sanitation

With the first frosts of fall approaching and production for many vegetable fields exhausted, producers should be preparing fields for winter. Part of that preparation should be destruction of any crop residue remaining. Crop residue that remains in the field

Posted in Vegetables

Tomato Fruitworm in High Tunnels

The USDA NRCS EQIP high tunnel cost-share program has been very successful in Kentucky and there are many new high tunnels across the state. High-tunnels extend the growing season for high value crops with tomatoes as one of the most

Posted in Vegetables

Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the UK Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from field crops, fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. Agronomic samples over the past week included brown spot, sudden death syndrome, soybean cyst nematode, and potassium

Posted in Diagnostic Lab Highlights

2014 Insect Trap Counts

Weekly trap counts for major insect pests are provided by the Kentucky IPM Program. Traps are located at the UK Research Center in western Kentucky and the UK Spindletop Farm in Lexington.  Below are trap counts for the current period.

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Got Fall Armyworm? Want Some More!!!

For the past week or so, we have been dealing with large populations of fall armyworm (FAW) caterpillars. These hungry little pests have devoured alfalfa, forage and lawn grasses, and munched around the edges of soybean fields. I am sorry

Posted in Forages, Grains

Know Your Pests and Recognize Their Enemies: True Bugs

Some of the more difficult to control insects in the field often belong to the true bug group. Squash bug, stink bugs, and plant bugs belong to this group. But there are also several important groups of insect predators that

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When ‘Insects Don’t Read the Book’

In early August, I was collecting green stink bugs for a project that one of my graduate students is working on, and I came across an unusual specimen. Generally, when looking for green stink bugs, you expect them to be

Posted in General Pests

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