Monthly Archives: July 2016

Black Shank of Tobacco More Common In 2016

While 2015 was a light to moderate year for black shank of tobacco, 2016 is proving to be much more challenging. Black shank can be the most yield-limiting disease of tobacco, and once a field is infested with the pathogen,

Posted in Tobacco

Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) has caused more problems than usual this year, particularly in high tunnel tomato. This disease can affect tomato, pepper, potato, eggplant, lettuce, beans, and cucumber along with more than 170 other plant species. TSWV may

Posted in Vegetables

Spider Mites Attacking Tomatoes this Summer

There have been a number of recent reports of two-spotted spider mites on tomatoes, both in high tunnel and field production.  Spider mites are favored by hot dry weather, and we have had several periods fitting this description since mid-April.

Posted in Vegetables

Yellow-striped Armyworm Attacking Vegetables

One pest that is becoming more common is the yellow-striped armyworm. This pest has a wide host range and will feed on tomato, pepper, cole crops, and leafy vegetables. It is not specifically listed in the Vegetable Production Guide for

Posted in Vegetables

Cicada Killer Wasps

Cicada killer wasps are active across Kentucky during July and August.  Females are intent on their tasks of: 1) digging underground burrows and 2) provisioning them with the paralyzed cicadas that will be food for their grub-like larvae. These insects

Posted in Lawn & Turf

Foreign Grain Beetles May Appear In Mass Inside

Huge emergences of the foreign grain beetle can occur in homes and buildings in late summer. This 1/16-inch long reddish-brown beetle (Figure 1) is a fungus feeder. Moldy, out-of-condition grain or grain products are traditional sources. However, structural infestations develop in

Posted in Household Pests

Late Summer Cattle Fly Check Can Catch Control Breakdown

Horn fly and face fly numbers will continue to build for a few weeks, which will put pressure on control programs. It is a good time to evaluate the pasture fly situation in your herd; check during the early afternoon

Posted in Livestock Pests