Monthly Archives: October 2015

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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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Diplodia Tip Blight of Pine (PPFS-OR-W-21) Diplodia tip blight is a serious disease of landscape pines in Kentucky, resulting in needle death and dieback. Austrian (Pinus nigra), Scots (P. sylvestris), and Mugo (P. mugo) pines are most commonly affected.  As

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Sugarcane Aphid Ruining Sweet Sorghum

While the sugarcane aphid has complicated the production of grain sorghum (milo) in Kentucky since its detection in late August, it has destroyed sweet sorghum in many Kentucky counties. Since the first detection of this new invasive aphid on grain

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2015 Commercial Blueberry Production in Kentucky Workshop

This full day workshop will cover topics important to commercial blueberry production in Kentucky, such as cultivar selection, transitioning to organic, and conventional and organic management of insects and diseases. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015

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Get Rid of Attractive Nuisances

Fallen sweet and fermenting fruits and vegetables attract many insects, especially bees, wasps, and flies. All can be nuisances, but bees and wasps have the added feature of a stinger. Attracting large numbers can lead to painful and sometimes life-threating

Posted in Fruit, Vegetables

Landscape Sanitation: Clean Up for Clean Plants

Autumn has arrived in Kentucky and, as leaves change color and fall from trees, it is time to focus on landscape sanitation. Good sanitation practices can help reduce disease-causing pathogens.  These organisms can survive for months or years on dead

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs, Ornamentals

Safe Pesticide Storage

Generally, pesticide manufacturers recommend a maximum 2-year storage period for their products. However, this can vary with active ingredient, formulation, type of container, and storage conditions. Get the most out of left-over products by carefully reading the Storage and Disposal

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Woolly Aphid Update

The floating “snowflakes” of dispersing woolly aphids continue to drift across the sky. All reports of their appearance have been from west of I-65. The Asian woolly hackberry aphid was identified from a Todd county sample, but there are several

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

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Tree Wounds—Invitations to Wood Decay Fungi (PPFS-OR-W-01) Wood decay leads to loss of tree vigor and vitality, resulting in decline, dieback, and structural failure.  Wounds play an important part in this process since they are the primary points of entry

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