Stink Bug Pests: When Should We Expect Their Appearance in Kentucky Soybeans?

Stink bugs are one of the most common insect pest groups attacking soybeans worldwide and probably the most important pest of soybeans in the USA. Given their economic damage, many aspects of the life history, management methods, and distribution of

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Ordering Seeds for Vegetable Gardens

Spring may feel far away, but vegetable garden planning begins during the cold months of winter. Seed catalogs, store displays, and online retailers present a number of different options (Figure 1). However, successful production begins with the selection of the

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Plant Diseases – Kentucky Master Gardener Manual Chapter 6 (PPA-46)

Chapter 6 in the Master Gardener Manual (Figure 1) provides an excellent overview of the types of living organisms that cause plant diseases.  These organisms include fungi, water molds, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, phytoplasmas, and parasitic plants. Large, color pictures (Figure

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Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory Wants to Hear from You!

The University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (PDDL) is inviting you to take part in a survey of current and future PDDL services and policies. Although you may not get personal benefit from taking this survey, your responses may

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Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights have been compiled from samples submitted to the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory from January 3 to January 31, 2023.  Although a few agronomic and greenhouse vegetable samples were received during this period,

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Site Analysis – Diagnosing Diseases and Other Problems in the Orchard (video)

Dr. Nicole Gauthier, University of Kentucky Plant Pathology Extension Specialist, explains the steps for completing an orchard site analysis in this 5-minute video. This process can be used by county agents and consultants when diagnosing diseases and other problems in

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Fruit Scout Website

The IPM Scouting Guide publications for fruit crops were converted into mobile compatible websites beginning in 2017. Now accessing this information is even easier with the creation of the Fruit Scout Website. This new website provides access to the information

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EPA IPM Webinar: Updates for Managing the Asian Long-horned Beetle

The Asian long-horned beetle is an invasive insect that is harmful to America’s hardwood forests. Boring into hardwoods, this invasive insect weakens the trunks of trees and can lead to their decline. This beetle has spread throughout the U.S. and

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Management of Common High Tunnel Tomato Diseases (video)

Commercial growers consider diseases their biggest challenge for high tunnel tomato production. In this 18-minute video, Dr. Nicole Gauthier first presents a basic definition of what constitutes a plant disease, along with the interaction of host, pathogen, and environment in

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2023 IPM Training School

This year, the Integrated Pest Management School will hold it’s in-person meeting at the McCracken County Extension Office, Paducah on March 8.  Virtual attendees can access the meeting through Zoom; both audiences require registration via Zoom. On-site registration will be

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What Bugs You About Using Certain Pest Management Methods? We Need to Know!

The University of Kentucky Grain Crops IPM Group is inviting you to take part in a survey of current grain crop pest management practices that you use on your farm or recommend to others. Although you may not get personal

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Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide 2023-2024 (ID-232)

The Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide 2023-2024 was recently revised to keep up with the latest management and pesticide recommendations for tree fruit and small fruit. This publication for commercial producers was developed by the Midwest Fruit Workers Group, which

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Is Fungicide Resistance an Issue?  Let Us Know!

The University of Kentucky is inviting you to take part in a survey of current understanding of fungicide resistance issues. Fungicide resistance is a growing concern in agriculture and also in human fungal pathogens. Improving our understanding of knowledge gaps

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Survival and Overwintering Potential for Disease Agents (video)

Ever wonder how disease pathogens survive winter?  This 14-minute video, presented by Dr. Nicole Gauthier as part of a webinar series, provides an excellent overview of this topic.  Dr. Gauthier identifies the various types and sources of plant pathogens, how

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Crown Gall (PPFS-GEN-01)

Beginning in autumn and extending through winter, the loss of foliage on deciduous woody plants makes it easier to identify the presence of crown gall. This disease can affect a wide range of crops, including woody ornamentals, tree fruits, and

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