Update & Correction Concerning Collection of Sugarcane Aphid in Kentucky Grain Sorghum

This post is intended to clarify where sugarcane aphid has been collected and identified in Kentucky. The first two collections were reported as Fulton and Graves counties. This was incorrect; the report should have listed Fulton and Calloway Counties instead.

Posted in Grains

US-EPA Grants Section 18 Emergency Exemption Label for Use of Transform™ WG for Control of Sugarcane Aphid on Grain Sorghum in Kentucky

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) has granted the use of Transform™ WG for control of the sugarcane aphid (Melanaphis sacchari) on sorghum. Emergency Label Highlights Use of this product is provided through the Specific Exemption under provisions of

Posted in Grains, Pesticides

Hanging by a Thread

Dead, curled leaves dangling by fungal “threads” are typical of a disease called thread blight.  This disease is more common in eastern Kentucky, where it has been observed on apple, cherry, and viburnum this year.  It was also recently diagnosed

Posted in Fruit, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Emerald Ash Borer Update

Abe Nielson, Kentucky Division of Forestry, reported emerald ash borer-infested trees were found in Floyd, Lincoln, and Martin counties during the last 2 weeks in. The most current distribution map is located at the UK Emerald Ash Borer Information website.

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Pine Sawflies Can Be Destructive in Late Fall

Redheaded Pine Sawfly The redheaded pine sawfly can be very destructive, attacking trees that are 1 to 12 feet tall. Infestations may be worse on trees already under stress due to a poor site or if under severe competition from

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Another Tent Maker

The poplar tent maker caterpillar (Figure 1) is gray with four thin yellow lines running the length of the body. These caterpillars have one distinct black bump behind the head and one near the end of the abdomen. They live

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Are Fall Webworms a Threat to Horses?

More than the normal numbers of fall webworm (FWW) tents have covered the ends of tree branches in some parts of Kentucky during the last few weeks. The sight of silk tents occupied by hairy caterpillars is unnerving to horse

Posted in Livestock Pests
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