Monthly Archives: July 2014

Check for Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in Your Soybeans

I have received reports that appear to indicate an increase in brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) activity in central Kentucky. This invasive bug, which has a wide host range, has been in Kentucky for about 5 years, but as yet

Posted in Grains

Big Jump in Fall Armyworm Moth Numbers

The trap counts for the week of July 17 to July 24 showed a large increase in fall armyworm (FAW) moths captured in the western Kentucky UK IPM traps. The capture increased from virtually none to 155 per trap-week, which

Posted in Grains

Cucurbit Downy Mildew Arrives Early Again

Downy mildew was reported on a commercial cucumber crop in Allen County, Kentucky on July 23 and verified at the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab in Princeton.  Cucurbit downy mildew more often develops as a late season disease, but it has

Posted in Vegetables

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Sighted on Vegetable Crops

With the recent cool weather, I need to remind myself that we are in midsummer now.  But brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) does not need the reminder. In the Lexington area, where BMSB has been established for 4 years, we

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Think Long-term with Spotted Wing Drosophila: Resistance

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is active across the Commonwealth. Many producers have identified SDW on their farms and are applying weekly sprays during the harvest period to manage this insect. These repeated sprays raise concern over the development of insecticide

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, field crop diagnoses included summer black stem on alfalfa; brown stripe on

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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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