Monthly Archives: June 2014

Kudzu Bug Collected in Christian County, KY

A single adult Kudzu bug was collected on June 16, 2014 from a Kudzu patch located at near KY mile marker #1 on the north-bound right-of-way of I-24 (Christian County). No nymphs or eggs were collected. This represents the first

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Leaf Spotting on Tobacco Common across Kentucky

Recently, we have been seeing many cases of lower leaf spotting in tobacco in all areas of the state (Figure 1). These symptoms are most common in crops that were set 3 to 6 weeks ago (late May). In most

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Captured in Western Kentucky

We have identified our first spotted wing drosophila (SWD) of 2014 in western Kentucky. It was present in a trap maintained by Patty Lucas in the Purchase Area of the state. The timing of this capture is very close to

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Burrower Bugs and Purple Deadnettle

White margined burrower bugs are 1/8 to 1/4 inch long insects with sucking mouthparts. The adult is glossy black with a thin gray line around the edge of the body (Figure 1). The smaller nymphs, immature stages, are orange/red and

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Some Insect Nuisances around Swimming Pools

Swimming pools will attract certain aquatic insects every year, but the lure of the water may bring in many other creatures. Thrips The most dramatic are thrips, tiny elongate yellow insects. They may be drawn to water after being driven

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Managing the Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian tiger mosquito (ATM) is a serious nuisance at best and a potential public health threat at worst. This aggressive day-biting mosquito prefers mammals:  humans, cats, dogs, etc., but will occasionally feed on birds. It is capable of transmitting

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Mosquito Repellents

Repellents are chemicals that interfere with the host-finding or feeding events of biting insects and ticks. Used according to label directions, they can protect people from bites by these arthropods. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using products that have

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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 potassium deficiency on soybean; Pythium root rot, transplant

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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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Darkling / Mealworm Beetles Found in Baled Alfalfa

Finding beetles in alfalfa hay raises an immediate red flag. Are they blister beetles? If not, what are they, and are they harmful? A beetle was found with square baled alfalfa hay last week. It is a darkling beetle, also

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Palmer Amaranth on the Move in Kentucky

Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) continues to march across Kentucky.  Initially this weed was thought to be present primarily in the west end of the state (Purchase Area), but sightings have been reported in the past few years within several Kentucky

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Prepare Bins for Wheat Storage

In just a few weeks, a major portion of our 2013-14 winter wheat crop will go into some type of storage.  In fact, if this message is prompting you to prepare your bins, you are probably behind the curve. Nevertheless,

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Tobacco Hornworms

Tobacco hornworm moths will be flying for the first of two generations that occur each year in Kentucky. This insect spends the winter as a pupa deep in the soil of the previous year’s tobacco fields. The moths emerge and

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Corn Earworm Risk

Corn earworm (Figure 1) can be a serious pest of a number of crops, including sweet corn, tomatoes (a.k.a. tomato fruitworm), field corn, and soybeans (a.k.a. soybean podworm). In years following a mild winter, we can have high levels of

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Update

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) caused serious damage to fall raspberries and blackberries, as well as some damage to certain grape varieties across the state in 2013. The adult female of this fly is able to lay eggs under the skin

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