Update on Soybean Rust

Although soybean rust has not yet been observed in Kentucky this year, it is likely present in the state. Soybean rust was recently reported in southern Illinois (Union County, IL).  From all observations, the Kentucky soybean crop should be at

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Stink Bug Populations Surpassing Economic Thresholds in Soybeans in 2020

Several stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) species (Figure 1) are key pests of soybeans in Kentucky. They include the green stink bug (Chinavia hilaris), brown stink bug (Euschistus spp.), southern green stink bug (Nezara viridula), brown marmorated stink bug (Halymorpha halys)

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Necrotic Ring Spot and Summer Patch in Kentucky Bluegrass Lawns (PPFS-0R-T-06)

Necrotic ring spot and summer patch are two patch diseases that can be very destructive when Kentucky bluegrass is grown under intensive management. These diseases become a concern in lawns when improper management practices, such as close mowing, promote disease

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Diagnosis of “No Disease”

Extension agents and growers may occasionally receive diagnostic reports from the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory that indicate, “no disease was found.”  This may result from an insufficient sample and/or that the plant problem does not result from

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2020 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

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Pre-harvest Corn Disease Scouting Observations

Scouting reports across Kentucky this week have indicated that farmers need to be aware of stalk rots and ear rots as they prepare for and begin corn harvest. Pockets of fields scouted across the state have stalk rot issues that

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Hemp Greenhouse Sanitation: Cleaning Up Today May Keep Disease Away

Diseases are a major concern for greenhouse hemp growers, and they can be a factor that limits the profitable production of plants. The warm, humid greenhouse environment provides optimal conditions for reproduction of many pathogens. A good sanitation program can

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Hammerhead Worms

One of the more unusual species to find in gardens is a terrestrial flatworm called the hammerhead worm. This week, I have had two reports of them; one from the mountains of eastern Kentucky (Letcher County), and the other from

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Pest-Proofing Your Home

Many pests seek refuge in homes and buildings in response to changes in weather, such as extended periods of rain or drought, or the onset of cool autumn temperatures. In response to these pest invasions, homeowners often apply liberal amounts

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Managing Tobamoviruses in Greenhouse Production (PPFS-GH-08)

Tobamoviruses, including tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and the new tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV), can be persistent in greenhouses and other protected cropping environments.  Herbaceous ornamentals, vegetables, and tobacco can be affected by tobamoviruses.  Once introduced into a site,

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2020 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

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Sooty Blotch & Flyspeck Make for Ugly Apples

The time for apple harvest in Kentucky has arrived, bringing with it the possibility of less than perfect looking apples. Sooty blotch and/or flyspeck are one of many causes for blemished, ugly apples. The two fungal diseases occur together as

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Managing Diseases of Herbaceous Ornamentals (PPFS-OR-H-01)

Herbaceous landscape ornamentals can succumb to various adverse factors, including infectious and non-infectious diseases.  Managing Diseases of Herbaceous Ornamentals provides suggestions for symptom recognition and management approaches to common problems of these crops in residential and commercial landscape plantings, greenhouses,

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Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights have been compiled from samples submitted to the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories from August 1 to August 17, 2020. Diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included Rhizoctonia root and crown rot, Rhizoctonia

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2020 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

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