Pesticide Training and Certification in Kentucky and Covid-19

Applying pesticides safely and effectively takes training and experience. Applying pesticides improperly can result in risks to one’s health, to food safety, and to the environment. From a regulatory perspective, pesticides are classified as either General Use Pesticides (GUP) or

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Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide 2021-2022 (ID-232)

The Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide 2021-2022 was developed by the Midwest Fruit Workers Group, which includes University of Kentucky Extension specialists from Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Horticulture, as well as specialists from twelve other universities. This publication was recently

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Rust Diseases of Brambles (PPFS-FR-S-06)

The three most important rust diseases occurring on brambles in Kentucky are cane and leaf rust, late rust, and orange rust. Distinguishing between these rust diseases is critical for proper management. This new publication discusses symptoms, signs, bramble hosts, causes,

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What’s Wrong with My Taxus? (ID-52)

Taxus (yew) is an evergreen shrub commonly found in Kentucky landscapes. Numerous conditions can cause these shrubs to exhibit yellowing and browning symptoms. Taxus troubles can be the result of diseases, insects, or adverse growing conditions. Pinpointing the specific cause

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2021 IPM Training School

In anticipation of the continued gathering restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 IPM Training School will be livestreamed on March 10, 2021 via Zoom. The program will consist of a field crop session from 8:15 AM to 11:15

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From Tree Thief to Holiday Tradition: The Story of Mistletoe

Once autumn leaves have fallen, mistletoe becomes highly visible on large trees throughout Kentucky. Phoradendron, the scientific name for Kentucky’s most common type of this parasitic plant, means tree thief. These small leafy plants are commonly found on twigs and

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How Poinsettia Diseases Can Ruin the Holiday

Poinsettia are holiday decorations in public and personal spaces. No holiday décor is complete without at least one. However, numerous plant diseases can act as a Grinch to steal holiday cheer. Proper plant selection and maintenance are important for a

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Early Blight & Septoria Leaf Spot of Tomato – Disease Management for Commercial Growers

Early blight and Septoria leaf spot are the most common fungal diseases of tomato in Kentucky. Often occurring together, these diseases can significantly reduce yields during seasons with humid, wet weather. This newly released publication was created to assist commercial

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Dothistroma Needle Blight of Pine (PPFS-OR-W-25)

Dothistroma needle blight afflicts some pine species commonly planted in Kentucky landscapes, particularly Austrian and Mugo pines. This disease results in brown needles, which may or may not drop from branches, and unsightly trees. This fact sheet covers symptoms, cause,

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Common Diseases of Spruce in Kentucky (PPFS-OR-W-24)

Spruce trees, particularly blue spruce (Picea pungens) and Norway spruce (Picea abies), are popular landscape trees in Kentucky. Unfortunately, these trees present problems for homeowners when they show evidence of poor vigor, dieback, or needle drop.  This publication discusses the

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Free Session on Fusarium Head Blight Management during the 2020 Scab Forum Held Online

The U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative will be hosting a free session on Fusarium head blight (FHB) management for wheat and barley during the 2020 Scab Forum, which will be head “virtually” online this year.  The FHB management session

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When White Pines Turn Brown…Common Problems of White Pines in Kentucky (PPFS-OR-W-22)

Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) is a popular conifer in many Kentucky landscapes; however, this species is subject to browning as a result of various environmental and disease problems. In Kentucky, brown needles on white pine are often caused by

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University of Kentucky 2020 Virtual Hemp Field Day

The 2020 Virtual Hemp Field Day will be held on December 8 and 9, 2020 from 10 am to 12 pm EST via Zoom. This educational program includes information on various aspects of hemp production in Kentucky. Topics such as

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Kentucky Agriculture Training School (KATS) Survey

The Kentucky Agriculture Training School (KATS) is designed to be a hands-on and interactive approach to presenting information regarding crop management and production.  Due to the structure of the program, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused us to cancel much of

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Apple Production Practices and Pest Management

During the past 10 years, orchard practices in Kentucky have changed dramatically. Many of these practices contributed to conditions conducive for diseases and pests. Growers began to shift from traditional plant spacing to high density plantings, increasing tree stress and

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