Monthly Archives: August 2016

Corn Ear Rot Concerns

Conditions during July were favorable for infections by a couple of fungi that are known to cause ear rots of corn.  Observations of Diplodia ear rot already have been made in some corn fields in Kentucky this year.  Although conditions

Posted in Grains

Tips for Good Grain Storage Management

Earlier this summer, and as recently as last week, I received inquiries from different counties in Kentucky on the control of insects (i.e., rice weevil, lesser grain borer weevil, and Indian meal moth) in stored grains. Now that corn fields

Posted in Grains

Sanitation Recommendations for Small-Scale Field Hemp Plantings

Hemp is often considered a disease-free plant. However, no research has been done to determine whether certain pathogens can increase to problematic levels in the field. If disease becomes a significant problem in field-planted hemp, the result can be premature

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Bio-solids, Poultry & Swine Manure Amendments Affect Population Densities of Soil Mites on Corn & Wheat Fields in Western Kentucky

Soil mites are considered one of the major components of soil arthropod communities, although they are not well studied. Soil-inhabiting mites play an important role in litter/organic matter decomposition in three different ways: (1) direct litter decomposition, (2) organic matter

Posted in Beneficial Insects

Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from field crops, fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. Diseases diagnosed on agronomic crops during the past week have included southern rust, anthracnose, Diplodia

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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

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Surge of Fall Armyworms May Affect Pastures and Cover Crops in Kentucky

Fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda) do not survive the winter temperatures of Kentucky and surrounding states, and every year there is a northward migration in the continental U.S. These migrant moths originate from populations that overwinter in southern Florida or southern

Posted in Forages