Yearly Archives: 2015

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Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers, 2016-17 (ID-36) The 2016-17 edition of the Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is now available.  This publication is a joint effort of UK Extension specialists in Horticulture, Plant Pathology, and Entomology.  It can

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Peach Leaf Curl & Plum Pockets (PPFS-FR-T-01) Peach leaf curl occurs annually in commercial and residential orchards throughout Kentucky.  The disease causes severe defoliation, weakens trees, and reduces fruit quality, fruit set, and yield.  Peaches, apricots, and nectarines are susceptible to

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Black Knot (PPFS-FR-T-04) Black knot disease is aptly named for the conspicuous black knotty growths that form on infected branches.  This is a common, often serious, disease of plums and cherries in Kentucky. Ornamental Prunus species, as well as wild

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Telling on Kissing Bugs

Kissing bugs are in news stories that imply the bugs are recent discoveries. However, these insects are relatively widespread (Figure 1). At least 11 species occur in the U.S.; most are limited to southwestern states. The eastern bloodsucking conenose bug

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Backyard Fruit Disease Management fact sheets Backyard small fruit and tree fruit production requires a proactive approach to disease management.  Preventative practices are recommended to minimize pesticide sprays in home orchard settings.  The following series of publications focus on preventative

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Blacklegged Ticks Are Active – New Detection in Crittenden County

Encounters with adult blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) (Figure 1) have increased in Kentucky over the past 2 years. This is apparently due to an increase in numbers of this species in the state and perhaps a widening of its distribution

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2016 IPM Priorities Survey

Each year Kentucky’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program must update its educational and research priorities for the coming year.  Now is your opportunity to help determine which pest, pesticide and pest management related problems, issues, and educational efforts are the

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2016 IPM Training Scheduled for March 2

Mark your calendar now for the 2016 University of Kentucky Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Training. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, at the University of Kentucky Research & Education Center in Princeton.  Program will start at 9 AM

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First Report of Bacterial Leaf Scorch of Blueberry in Kentucky

Bacterial leaf scorch on blueberry was reported for the first time in Kentucky in October 2015. This disease is common within the southeastern states, including Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. While little is known about the disease, insect management is critical

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Some Principles of Fungicide Resistance (PPFS-MISC-02) Fungicides are important tools in modern crop production. Unfortunately, one of the risks of using these products is that fungi sometimes develop resistance to them. Resistance development is a concern because the products may

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“Wet Feet” of Ornamentals (PPFS-OR-W-04)  “Wet feet” is the common term for a condition that affects plant species intolerant of wet growing conditions.  This problem occurs when soils become saturated with water for prolonged periods, injuring roots.  Once root damage

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Out-of-the-Box: Science-Based Insights into Food System Sustainability

Earlier this year, I assumed the responsibilities of Coordinator for the University of Kentucky’s participation in the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.  The UK SARE program is involved in a variety of exciting projects and activities.  One

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Root-knot Nematode in Commercial and Residential Crops (PPFS-GEN-10) Root-knot nematode is a soil-dwelling, microscopic roundworm that infects the roots of numerous vegetables, fruits, field crops, and ornamentals, as well as common weeds.  It is particularly serious when high populations are

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Managing Diseases of Alfalfa (PPFS-AG-F-09) Alfalfa can be a vigorous and productive forage crop for Kentucky farmers. Like all farm crops, however, alfalfa is subject to infectious diseases that can limit forage production. Alfalfa diseases can cause reduced forage yield,

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Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. Recent fruit and vegetable samples have included bacterial leaf scorch on blueberry; thread blight and black rot

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