Monthly Archives: May 2014

Watch for Cutworm Problems in Tobacco

Black cutworm infestations can be very damaging in tobacco fields.  If they are present, injury usually appears during the 10 to 14 days after tobacco is set. Often, it is limited to or worse in low-lying areas with heavier soils.

Posted in Tobacco

13-Year Periodical Cicada Brood May Be Seen in Northern Kentucky

Emergence of a small brood of 13-year cicadas is anticipated along the Ohio River in areas of southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky this spring. Cicada activity is expected to be very localized with minimal damage potential. Sightings can be reported

Posted in Forest Trees, Fruit, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Red Sidewalk/Brick Mites

These running red mites are everywhere, including soil litter, tree trunks, brick or stone walls, and flowers. Little is known about their biology and habits, but they have been seen feeding on small arthropods and pollen. These Balaustium mites also

Posted in General Pests

Northern Fowl Mites as Invaders

The northern fowl mite is a relatively common blood-feeding parasite of birds that nest on ledges or in cavities of homes or buildings. When birds leave the nest, mites left behind will disperse in search of another host. They can

Posted in Human Pests

Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the UK Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from field crops, fruit and vegetables, and ornamentals. During the past week, field crop diagnoses included cold injury on barley; stress from compaction and

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

2014 Insect Trap Counts

Weekly trap counts for major insect pests are provided by the Kentucky IPM Program. Traps are located at the UK Research Center in western Kentucky and the UK Spindletop Farm in Lexington.  Below are trap counts for the current period.

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Cool and Wet Can Only Help Cutworms

Capture of black cutworm moths in the IPM traps has been above the rolling 5-year average for the last several weeks. The activity of this insect has been notoriously difficult to predict over the years, even with years of data

Posted in Grains