Monthly Archives: September 2015

Late Blight Watch in Eastern and Central KY

Tomato and potato producers in eastern and central Kentucky should be advised of recent confirmations of late blight in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Late blight is caused by Phytophthora infestans, an oomycete pathogen, and usually advances from the

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Asian Woolly Hackberry Aphids: Insect Snow Flakes

Asian woolly hackberry aphids are distinctive insects. A covering of thin bluish-white waxy filaments causes these small sap-feeding insects to standout on foliage (Figure 1).  They can look like large wet snowflakes, especially as they drift through the air (Figure

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

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 frogeye leaf spot on soybean; black shank, frogeye, and angular

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New Corn Disease Found in Bordering States

Tar spot of corn, a foliar disease caused by the fungus Phyllachora maydis, recently was found in the United States for the first time.  The disease was confirmed in Indiana and Illinois.  Pictures of the disease and more information about

Posted in Grains

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Midwest Blueberry Production Guide (ID-210) Blueberries are one of Kentucky’s emerging small fruit crops, with cultivated blueberry production acreage increasing 73% from 2007 to 2012.  As acreage increases, so does the need for growers to follow sound cultural practices.  The

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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

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Winter Decline Syndrome of Canola (PPFS-AG-R-01)  Interest in producing canola in Kentucky has greatly increased in recent years. During the last canola “boom” in Kentucky during the late 1980s, a serious concern was the rapid decline of stands during late

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