Alfalfa Weevil – The Next Step

Alfalfa weevils have been very damaging in some fields this year (Figure 1). While Individual larvae feed for about 3 weeks, a wide window for egg hatch this year has resulted in an extended season. Unfortunately, additional damage is still

Posted in Forages

Flea Beetles and Other Insect Pests of Spring Vegetables

While flea beetles are a common problem of spring vegetable crops, they can be particularly troublesome following mild winters. We often refer to flea beetles as if they were a single pest; however, there are several different species of flea

Posted in Vegetables

Fire Blight Alert and Risk Map Overview

Apple trees are blooming throughout the Commonwealth. Infection by the fire blight bacterium occurs during bloom, thus, protectant antibiotics should be applied when risk is high. Risk for infection can be assessed using the Fire Blight Disease Prediction Model. Growers

Posted in Fruit

Reducing Pesticide Drift

Drift is the uncontrolled movement of a pesticide away from its target area. Drift can damage susceptible off-target sites (plants, animals, etc.), reduces pest control (which wastes the pesticide and money), and contaminates the environment (water pollution and illegal pesticide

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2017 Insect Trap Counts

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

Posted in Insect Trap Counts

Fire Blight Alert and Risk Map Overview

Apple trees are blooming throughout the Commonwealth. Infection by the fire blight bacterium occurs during bloom, thus, protectant antibiotics should be applied when risk is high. Risk for infection can be assessed using the Fire Blight Disease Prediction Model. Growers

Posted in Fruit

Ambrosia Beetles Are Out Looking for New Hosts

Two invasive ambrosia beetle species are serious pests in nursery and landscape trees and shrubs: granulate ambrosia beetle (Figure 1), and black stem borer (Figure 2). Ambrosia beetles are about 2 to 4 mm in length and spend most of

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs, Nursery Crops