Cucurbit Powdery Mildew Taking Off in Kentucky

Reports of powdery mildew have increased rapidly in cucurbit crops in the past 2 weeks. Powdery mildew is a common disease of all cucurbits that usually appears first near the middle of the growing season. The disease occurs in greenhouses

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Avoid Introduction of Boxwood Blight into Landscapes

Boxwood blight has been detected in Kentucky again this year. The disease can be devastating to American boxwood cultivars, which are common in the Kentucky landscape. Complete defoliation can occur within a week and plants can die within a single

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Lawn Ants

Several species of ants are common landscape residents. They nest in places that meet their needs: suitable soil type and drainage, convenient food sources, and in some cases, sheltering rocks or logs. We most commonly share greenspace with field ants,

Posted in Lawn & Turf

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. Diagnostic samples of agronomic crops from the past week have included summer black stem on

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

2017 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

Posted in Insect Trap Counts

Welcome Dr. Kiersten Wise to the University of Kentucky

Dr. Kiersten Wise is the Department of Plant Pathology’s newest addition to the faculty (Figure. 1).  She is an Extension Plant Pathologist with responsibilities in field crops and is based out of the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center

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Southern Rust of Corn Confirmed in Kentucky

Southern rust of corn, caused by the fungus Puccinia polysora, was confirmed by the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (PDDL) this week on samples from Caldwell County and Graves County. This is the first confirmation of southern rust

Posted in Grains