Monthly Archives: May 2014

Managing Bacterial Soft Rot (Blackleg) on Tobacco Seedlings

One of the biggest threats to tobacco that we see in float beds during warm weather is bacterial soft rot, or blackleg.  Temperatures have been summer-like in recent days, and a few cases of this disease have begun to show

Posted in Tobacco

Expect San Jose Scale Crawler Emergence Soon

While relatively easy to manage, San Jose scale (Figure 1) is potentially the most destructive pest of peaches in Kentucky, and it is also a serious pest of apples. It is difficult to control the minute scale underneath its protective

Posted in Fruit

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, we diagnosed angular leaf spot (Xanthomonas) on strawberry; Botryosphaeria canker on apple;

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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Armyworm Moth Trap Captures Continue to Increase

Though delayed by several weeks, capture of armyworm moths in the UK-IPM pheromone baited traps is starting to show a definite increase. The delay is not unexpected, given the very cold winter and cool wet spring we have had so

Posted in Grains

Eastern Tent Caterpillar Dispersal

Mature eastern tent caterpillars are leaving trees in search of protected pupation sites where they will spin cocoons and transform to moths. This dispersal is a normal part of their life cycle. Wandering caterpillars may move several hundred feet from

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Feed-Thru (Oral Larvicides) for Pasture Fly Control

Altosid (methoprene) and Rabon (tetrachlorvinophos) are insecticides that are available as minerals or feed supplements for beef and dairy cattle fly control. These oral larvicides are consumed and pass through the animal’s manure at concentrations that kill fly maggots. With

Posted in Livestock 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. Lepto leaf spot was diagnosed on alfalfa; Pythium root rot, Rhizoctonia damping-off, Sclerotinia collar rot, 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.

Posted in Insect Trap Counts