Tree Wounds – Invitations to Wood Decay Fungi

Wood decay leads to loss of tree vigor and vitality, resulting in decline, dieback, and structural failure. Wounds play an important part in this process since they are the primary point of entry for wood decay pathogens. While other factors

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Tree Chiggers: Oak Leaves with a Bite

Dealing with chiggers is never pleasant but is an expected risk taken when venturing into tall grass during mid- to late summer. Unfortunately, there are other ways to have chigger-like experiences. The oak leaf itch mite can give the same

Posted in Human Pests

Accidental Invaders

Winter is an inhospitable season for cold-blooded arthropods that survive year-round in Kentucky. Most accomplish this in an innocuous fashion–out-of-sight and out-of-mind. Unfortunately, several species of these “accidental invaders” enter structures seeking shelter from the elements. While they come from

Posted in Household Pests

Featured Publication

2017 Southeastern U.S. Pest Control Guide for Nursery Crops and Landscape Plantings A cooperative effort of Southern Nursery IPM Working Group members, including UK collaborators, this publication provides up-to-date information about pest management products used for nursery, greenhouse, and landscape

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Peach Leaf Curl

It is time to implement measures to protect residential and commercial peach trees from peach leaf curl. This disease results in disfigured leaves during spring and summer; twigs and fruit may also become infected. Successful management of peach leaf curl

Posted in Fruit

Featured Publication

Commercial Strawberry Fungicide Spray Schedule Worksheet & Sample Spray Guide (PPFS-FR-S-26) A new worksheet with a sample spray guide has been created for commercial strawberry growers. This easy-to-use two-page publication is designed to assist growers in planning an appropriate fungicide

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Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from field crops, fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. During the month of October, diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included Fusarium ear rot,

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