Monthly Archives: May 2016

Summer Management of Ornamental Pear Damaged by Fire Blight

Questions have been plentiful regarding fire blight damage in flowering pear, apple, crabapple, cotoneaster, hawthorn, and pyracantha. During March or April, pathogenic bacteria infected flowers or young shoots. Now, shepherd’s crooks (Figure 1) and spur dieback (Figure 2) are becoming

Posted in Fruit

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

Late Blight Alert for Tomatoes and Potatoes

Last week, late blight was found on greenhouse tomato transplants in the westernmost county in Maryland, which is approximately 250 miles from the eastern border of Kentucky. While unlikely, the possibility exists that with a swirling, southwesterly weather pattern, spores

Posted in Vegetables

Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Early Blight & Septoria Leaf Spot

Kentucky vegetable growers should be on the lookout for early blight and Septoria leaf spot of tomato. As the most common diseases of tomato in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not on a preventative spray program always have at least some

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First Spotted Wing Drosophila Capture of the Year

We have had our first spotted wing drosophila (SWD) detection for 2016. Patty Lucas, UK Extension IPM Specialist, recovered one SWD male (Figure 1) from a trap yesterday in strawberries in Caldwell County (western Kentucky). Over the 4 years Kentucky

Posted in Fruit

Dogwood Anthracnose Spotted

Anthracnose of dogwood is a common problem in Kentucky. Symptoms on landscape and forest dogwoods often first appear during wet periods in late spring. If left unmanaged, the pathogen spreads, eventually resulting in plant death.  Selection of resistant varieties and

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

What The Rains Bring…

Several arthropods reliably appear in force following a series of spring rains. For the most part, they are short-lived, so control measures are rarely needed. Gnats Many species of non-biting gnats develop in moist decaying organic matter, temporary mud pools,

Posted in General Pests, Lawn & Turf