Monthly Archives: June 2016

How to Monitor and When to Control the Early Abundance of Thrips on Soybean Fields

Insect Description and Damage While monitoring an experimental soybean field in Princeton, I have not noticed major insect pest problems during the earlier stages of soybean growth, with the exception of thrips. Thrips are tiny, slender insects (less than 1/16

Posted in Grains

Tobacco Blue Mold Moving Up East Coast

Blue mold of tobacco was found last week in Caswell County, located in central North Carolina. This is further north than its previous known locations in Florida and Georgia. The pathogen that causes blue mold is an obligate oomycete, meaning

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Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Cucurbit Downy Mildew

About this time last year, our first Kentucky cucurbit downy mildew identification occurred. As the most economically important disease of cucurbits in Kentucky, it is not a matter of if commercial growers and homeowners will experience downy mildew, it is a

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Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Center Rot of Onion

Onion growers in Kentucky should have their eye out for bacterial rots of onion this week, particularly center rot of onion. Bacterial rots are common diseases of onions in Kentucky, and homeowners or commercial growers not actively using preventative practices

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Striped Blister Beetles Defoliate Tomatoes & Potatoes

The striped blister beetle is usually recognized as a potential toxic contaminant in alfalfa in mid-July, but potatoes and tomatoes are also high on its food list. In fact, one of its former common names is “old-fashioned potato bug.” This

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Activity Increasing

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) activity is beginning to increase with positive samples identified from several western and southern Kentucky counties, as well as from one in central Kentucky (Figure 1). We are still collecting mostly negative samples from central and

Posted in Fruit

Spruce Dieback – Needle Cast Diseases May Be To Blame

Blue spruce and Norway spruce are popular landscape plants in Kentucky. However, many factors can cause spruce trees to cast (shed) needles. Casting may be the result of environmental stresses (heavy soil, poor drainage) or fungal diseases. In Kentucky, Rhizosphaera

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs