Monthly Archives: February 2016

Sugarcane Aphid Losses with Sweet Sorghum

Last season, sweet sorghum on many farms in numerous counties was ruined by the sugarcane aphid (SCA) (Figure 1). The first ever detection of SCA in Kentucky occurred in Fulton County in early August 2015 on grain sorghum. This new

Posted in Grains

Welcome Dr. Raul Villanueva to the UKREC!

Our new Extension entomologist, Dr. Raul Villanueva, began work on February 15 at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center (UKREC) in Princeton. Raul replaces Doug Johnson, who retired at the end of 2015.  Raul’s responsibilities will include Extension programs and

Posted in Announcements

IPM Training is March 2

The 2016 University of Kentucky Integrated Pest Management Training is Wednesday, March 2, at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center at 1205 Hopkinsville Street in Princeton, KY.  Registration begins at 8 a.m. CST. Program will start at 9

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Keeping Up With Your Pesticide Licensing and Certification

Two important numbers and expiration dates appear on the white pesticide card issued by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) to commercial and non-commercial applicators. Take a minute to check; it is time well spent. License Renewal Your license number

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Three Ways to Check Soundness of Poly Tanks

Agricultural producers use polyethylene – poly for short – for many purposes on the farm, such as chemical storage and chemical application. Poly tanks have a tremendous benefit over other types of tanks. They can be cheaper, available in various

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Check Sprayers for Signs of Wear and Tear

Checking sprayers now and replacing leaking pumps, cracked hoses, and worn or mismatched sprayer nozzles can save time and aggravation when it is time to go to the field.  In addition, clean clogged strainers and check nozzles for wear, especially

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Featured Publication

Shade Tree Anthracnose (PPFS-OR-W-23) Anthracnose is the common name given to several fungal shade tree diseases with similar dark, irregularly-shaped leaf lesions. While they are primarily foliar diseases, damage on some hosts may extend to twigs, branches, and buds.  Resulting

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Lumpy Lawn? Could Be Earthworms

Earthworms, particularly night crawlers, can be abundant in moist soils that contain moderate, or greater, amounts of organic matter. Worms take in and process soil and organic matter, then deposit the remnants (castings) during nocturnal surface visits. The castings dry

Posted in Lawn & Turf

Varied Carpet Beetles Are Stirring

Varied carpet beetles probably can be found in most every house and building in the state. They are out of sight for most of the year while their larvae hide in drawers, closets, and assorted cracks and crevices. They could

Posted in Household Pests

Featured Publications

Sustainable Disease Management in the Home Garden (fact sheet series) Home garden production is more likely to be successful when plant diseases are managed proactively. Preventative practices help to minimize pesticide sprays in residential settings and provide a more sustainable

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