Landscape Sanitation: Clean Up for Clean Plants

Autumn has arrived in Kentucky and, as leaves will soon begin to change color and fall from trees, it is time to focus on landscape sanitation. Good sanitation practices can help reduce disease-causing pathogens.  These organisms can survive for months

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Crown Gall (PPFS-GEN-01)

Crown gall can affect a wide range of crops, including woody ornamentals, tree fruits, and small fruits.  Plants in commercial and residential plantings can suffer losses from this bacterial disease. This publication provides information on crown gall and its effect

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Announcing the University of Kentucky 2020 Fall Crop Protection Webinar Series

The University of Kentucky has organized five webinars on field crop protection topics that will be hosted through the Southern Integrated Pest Management Center starting on November 10. These weekly webinars will cover topics such as new research on foliar

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Bacterial Wetwood and Slime Flux

Bacterial wetwood and slime flux refer to bacterial “ooze” that runs down trunks of trees.  Oozing fluids are the result of a bacterial infection known as bacterial wetwood (Figure 1). Advanced development is called slime flux, in which a foul-smelling,

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Expected to Invade Man-Made Structures in Western Kentucky this Fall

Status of the brown marmorated stink bug The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halymorpha halys, was detected in soybean fields in several counties of western Kentucky between August and September 2020. This insect is widely distributed and has been established

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Protect your Investments: Store Your Pesticides Properly During Winter

Pesticides aren’t cheap, so it is important to take care of them. Pesticides can become degraded or unusable during the winter months if not stored properly. Some pesticides can be degraded with extreme temperatures or high humidity. This can result

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Managing Diseases with Sanitation Practices

When diseases occur in commercial or residential plantings, it is often presumed that fungicides are the most important and effective disease management tools available.  However, a good sanitation program can help reduce the need for chemical controls and can improve

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Covid, Commercial Applicators CEUs, and EPA Opportunities

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with typical Continuing Education Units (CEU) opportunities, as well as testing for commercial applicators. Some meetings have been cancelled and others have gone on-line. For many, the on-line meetings provide opportunities to get CEU

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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

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How Dry Seasons Affect Woody Plants (ID-89)

Pattern, frequency, and amounts of rainfall are important components to plant health. During dry seasons and drought conditions, plants become stressed. Growth ceases, nutrient transport slows, and plants wilt as cells become water-deficient. Severe, long-term, or consecutive drought events may

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Management of Soybean Cyst Nematode Starts with Soil Sampling this Fall or Spring

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) (Figure 1) causes greater annual yield losses in Kentucky than any other pathogen of soybean.  The last time a formal survey was conducted by the University of Kentucky in 2006 and 2007, approximately 76% of soybean

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Transplant Shock: Disease or Cultural Problem?

Autumn has arrived in Kentucky, and now is one of the best times to plant new trees. Cool-season planting allows trees to “focus” on root system development. Woody plants may take as long as 3 to 5 years to establish

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Bacterial Wilt of Cucurbits – Quick Facts (PPFS-VG-11 QF)

Bacterial wilt is a common, often destructive, disease of cucurbits. This disease can cause nearly complete losses of a planting before the first harvest. Bacterial wilt primarily affects cucumber and muskmelon (cantaloupe). While squash and pumpkin are also susceptible, the

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The Crop Protection Network Needs Your Input!

The University of Kentucky is a partner in the Crop Protection Network (CPN), which develops tools to help farmers, ag industry, and researchers with crop protection decisions. The CPN is a partnership of university Extension specialists across the United States

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Colonization of Western Kentucky by Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Status of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Kentucky Halymorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) known as brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), is a polyphagous invasive species of Asian origin that feeds on more than 100 plant species in the U.S. Initially,

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