Fire Blight Alert and Risk Map Overview

Apple are in bloom throughout Kentucky. 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 can

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Apple Scab Picking on Kentucky Apple and Crabapple Trees

Apple scab is the most consistently serious disease of homegrown apple and flowering crabapple in Kentucky. The most noticeable losses on apple result from reduced fruit quality and from premature drop of infected fruit. Scab also causes a general weakening

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Sassafras or Yellow Poplar Weevil

Yellow poplar weevil, also known as sassafras weevil, is a small (1/8”), stout, black, snout beetle that can damage yellow poplar, sassafras, and magnolia. In spring, adults can be found on these trees or, when numerous, in buildings and on

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Ground-Nesting and Digger Bees

The University of Kentucky Department of Entomology receives several calls a year from growers concerned about ground-nesting or digger bees in their gardens. There are many different species of these bees, and while their sizes can vary, they are generally

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Homeowner’s Guide to Fungicides (PPFS-GEN-07)

Diseases in home gardens, orchards, and landscapes do not always cause total losses, but they can be serious problems if left unmanaged. As a rule, chemicals are not recommended as the only means of disease control for homeowners. Cultural practices

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2019 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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Fire Blight Alert and Risk Map Overview

Apple and pear are in bloom in many Kentucky counties. 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

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