Yearly Archives: 2016

Featured Publication

Blackleg of Tobacco (PPFS-AG-T-04) Blackleg of tobacco, also referred to as bacterial soft rot, is one of the most serious problems likely to be encountered in the transplant production system.  Blackleg has the potential to destroy large numbers of plants

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

Christmas Tree Inhabitants May Wake-up

A number of arthropods live on Christmas trees while others may use them for winter shelter. Most are inactive or sluggish at outdoor temperatures but become active when their tree is brought indoors. The awakening can cause some alarm but

Posted in Household Pests

Revisions to Worker Protection Standards (WPS) Become Effective in 2017

The 1992 Worker Protection Standards established specific requirements for employers to follow in order to reduce the potential for worker exposure to pesticides. Revisions to these standards will go into effect January 2, 2017. They will give farm workers health

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Featured Publication

Genetically Engineered Crops – A Review of Concerns and Benefits (PPFS-MISC-07) The manipulation of the genetic make-up of crops raises numerous concerns and questions for many consumers. Are they safe? What are the benefits of GMOs? This publication aims to

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New Plant Pathology Website

The UK Department of Plant Pathology has launched its new website.  The link to the new homepage is http://plantpathology.ca.uky.edu. As a result of this change, all webpages, along with many publications (particularly PPFSs fact sheets and some Midwest fruit publications),

Posted in Announcements

Attention Fruit Growers – Has Spotted Wing Drosophila Impacted You?

If you grow fruit in Kentucky, we would like to know if you have been impacted by the spotted wing drosophila (SWD).  We would also like to know if you used the Facebook page SWDinKY or if you used traps

Posted in Fruit

Fall Invaders

Beetles, bugs, and flies are some of the creatures actively seeking protected overwintering sites as days get shorter and cooler. Many produce stains or unpleasant odors if crushed. Scavengers, such as carpet beetles, can be attracted to accumulations of insects

Posted in Household Pests

Houseplant Insect and Mite Control

Many houseplants enjoy time outdoors during summer. However, it’s a tough world out there and more than a few plants develop insect or mite infestations while they are basking in the summer sun. A few weeks indoors can allow pests

Posted in Ornamentals

IPM Priorities Survey

It is time again to update the priorities for Kentucky’s Integrated Pest Management Programs. The priorities for IPM educational and research programs must be updated each year.  This is your opportunity to help determine which pest, pesticide and pest management

Posted in Announcements

New Online Curriculum on Biotech Crops

The University of Kentucky’s Extension Biotech Strategic Initiative is announcing the availability of a new Curriculum on Genetically Engineered Crops (GMOs).  All materials in the curriculum are publicly available and can be found here.  It includes videos, written resources for Extension

Posted in Announcements

2016 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

2016 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

Sawflies – Late Season Pine Defoliators

Sawflies are members of the insect order that includes ants, bees, and wasps. The larval stage has a caterpillar-like body that may be brightly marked with stripes or spots. Some species change significantly in appearance as they grow, making identification

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Fruit Flies

Lots of “gnats” are active at this time of year—some of them are fruit flies, others are not—and some are not gnats, either. Find out what you have; approaches for dealing with them vary, as do chances for success, and

Posted in Household Pests

Solving Some Mystery Bites

“Mystery bites” plague a significant number of people. Unfortunately, there can be a range of causes, most of which do not involve insects. The frustration of invisible itches can cause significant stress and anxiety. Even when they are insect-related, it

Posted in Human Pests