University of Kentucky 2022 Crop Pest Management Webinar Series begins in November

Information regarding your pest management questions is just a few mouse clicks away. As offered in previous years, the University of Kentucky has once again organized five webinars on field crop protection topics that will be hosted through the Southern

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Expected Changes to the Commercial Pesticide Applicator Program in 2023

In December 2016, the EPA published the final rule to improve all applicator certification and training standards. While implementation of this plan has been plagued by delays at the Federal level, our new plan for Kentucky has been reviewed and

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Biological and Biorational Fungicides May Be Effective Against Common Hemp Leaf Spot Pathogens: A Bioassay Study (PPRR-03)

The demand for natural, organic, or chemical pesticide-free hemp material has driven an interest in biological and biorational pesticides. Because hemp is a new (newly reintroduced) crop, there is limited data showing efficacy of these products, particularly fungicides. In addition,

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2022 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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University of Kentucky 2022 Fall IPM Vegetable Field Day

Join University of Kentucky Extension Vegetable Specialists for an in-person and virtual field day on October 13, 2022 from 11 AM to 2 PM EST. Learn about the ongoing research at the Horticulture Research Farm and how the information gained

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New Grower Resource: Summer 2022 IPM Vegetable Virtual Field Day Video Series

The Summer 2022 IPM Vegetable Virtual Field Day was conducted on July 26, 2022. Sessions from this event were recorded and are now available online. These videos provide information for growers of all experience levels. This series includes presentations from

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Presence of Soybean Podworm Seen on Maturing Soybeans

Description of Insect & Damage Although some soybean fields have already been harvested, there are still fields with some maturing pods, and other double crop fields have developing pods. Although not reported in commercial fields this year, the soybean podworm

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Storing Pesticides Properly: Protect Others and Your Investment

Pesticides are not cheap and some are not always easy to come by. Pesticides represent a significant investment for those who use pesticides regularly. Generally, most pesticides are intended to have a 2- to 3-year storage life. Too much time

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Using Silicon to Suppress Hemp Powdery Mildew (PPRR-02)

Powdery mildew is the most common disease of greenhouse hemp.  Most hemp grown for cannabinoid production is propagated by cuttings or started from feminized seed in greenhouses and then moved outdoors.  Powdery mildew can become a limiting factor in these

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2022 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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EPA IPM Webinar: Excluding Pests from Schools

A first component of integrated pest management (IPM) is prevention. One of the tools available to prevent insects from becoming pests is the use of exclusion.  Pests know where to get into buildings – especially in gaps under doors and

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Tar Spot on Corn Confirmed In 2022

Tar spot on corn was confirmed by the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (PDDL) from samples collected in Lincoln County. This is our first confirmation of tar spot for 2022, after finding it in Ohio and Todd counties

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The Best Management of Fusarium Head Blight of Wheat Starts with the Selection of Varieties with Resistance

The most consistent, problematic disease of wheat in Kentucky and the surrounding region is Fusarium head blight (FHB; also known as scab), caused by the fungus Fusarium graminearum (Figure 1).  This disease can cause reduced grain yield, test weight, and

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A New Pest for Soybeans Reported in Minnesota and Quebec, the Leafminer Macrosaccus morrisella

Reports in Soybean & Mine Description In Québec (Canada), white-colored blotch-type leaf mines have been observed in soybean fields since August 2016, whereas, in Minnesota (United States), leaf mines similar to those in Québec were observed in soybean fields in

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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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