Monthly Archives: June 2015

Japanese Beetle Management

Japanese beetles (Figure 1) rarely cause the rampant destruction they inflicted 15 to 20 years ago; their populations now fluctuate around more tolerable levels. However, there are often sufficient numbers to damage plants that are particularly attractive to them, so

Posted in General Pests, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Dipping Is Best for Insects in Swimming Pools

Gathering water, finding a place to live, responding to reflected light, or just plain bad luck are among the reasons insects are found in puddles, lakes, rivers, ponds, and swimming pools. There may be a variety of different insects or

Posted in Human Pests

Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from field crops, fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. Recent agronomic samples have included stress from compaction and magnesium deficiency on corn; Lepto leaf

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

2015 Insect Trap Counts

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

Posted in Insect Trap Counts

Sugarcane Aphid Active in Mississippi…..Not Close to Kentucky Yet

Several locations in Mississippi (MS) have identified grain sorghum fields infested with sugarcane aphid. Though it is important to keep up with what is happening, it is also quite important (and perhaps more important) to not be hasty in applying

Posted in Grains

Watch for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

In areas of the state where brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has been established for several years, fruit and vegetable producers and home gardeners should keep an eye out for this new pest. Although it spends more than half the

Posted in Fruit, Vegetables

Dramatic Dogwood Symptoms Draw Attention

For the past week, questions of “what’s going on with the dogwoods?” have inundated county Extension offices, but until yesterday only a few of these samples had been submitted to the UK Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (PDDL) for diagnosis.   Concerned

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Webworms Active Now

Fall Webworm The first generation of fall webworm (FWW) is active now. The June brood is usually small and often goes unnoticed, while the August-September bunch is larger and occasionally can be a problem. These caterpillars are covered by pale

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Horse Flies Can Put Bite on Cattle and Horses

Horse flies are strong fliers that can move long distances from their wetland breeding sites in search of blood meals. Females slash the skin with their broad, blade-like mouthparts, and then lap up the blood that wells up from the

Posted in Livestock Pests

Featured Publications

Simplified Backyard Tree Fruit Spray Guides  Apple and stone fruit production requires pest and disease management programs for quality fruit. Home orchards are no different. Homeowners, however, are generally more tolerant of aesthetic maladies or minor crop losses than commercial

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from field crops, fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. Recent agronomic samples have included stress from compaction and shallow planting on corn; thrips injury,

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

2015 Insect Trap Counts

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

Posted in Insect Trap Counts

Tobacco Blue Mold Confirmed in TN on June 2, 2015

On June 2, active blue mold was found in a greenhouse in Greenville, Tennesee and in field plants that were set from the same greenhouse. Greenville is in eastern TN, and with recent weather systems moving south to north and

Posted in Tobacco

Stalk Borer Can Hit Border Row Plants

Wilt of a leaf or an entire plant may be the work of the stalk borer (SB), a distinctive striped caterpillar. SB larvae can attack over 150 different plants, including tobacco and corn. Typically, the borers enter plants near grassy

Posted in Tobacco

Tomato Disease Imposters, Part 1

This is the first in a series of posts on tomato disease imposters, or problems that present symptoms similar to diseases, but actually have an environmental or nonliving cause. Tomatoes are one of the most profitable crops to grow, particularly

Posted in Vegetables