Yearly Archives: 2017

On-line Notification System for Applicators to Communicate with Local Beekeepers

There has been some controversy surrounding the use of some pesticides and their effect on pollinator health, particularly honey bees. Dr. Tammy Potter, state apiarist, at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has developed an online tool to facilitate communication among

Posted in Pesticide Topics

“Wet Feet” of Ornamentals

“Wet feet” is the common term for a condition that affects plant species intolerant of wet growing conditions. This problem occurs when soils become saturated with water, which ultimately causes roots to suffocate. Once root damage occurs, plants decline and

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs, Ornamentals

Pesticide certification: Who needs it?

There has been some confusion with respect to who is required to have pesticide certification — either private or commercial certification. This article is based on information provided by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) to clarify this issue. KDA

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Black Knot

Black knot is a common, often serious, disease of plums and cherries in Kentucky. Trees in both commercial and residential plantings are susceptible to the disease. Black knot results in knotty growths that, over time, encircle limbs and result in

Posted in Fruit

Tree Chiggers: Oak Leaves with a Bite

Dealing with chiggers is never pleasant but is an expected risk taken when venturing into tall grass during mid- to late summer. Unfortunately, there are other ways to have chigger-like experiences. The oak leaf itch mite can give the same

Posted in Human Pests

Accidental Invaders

Winter is an inhospitable season for cold-blooded arthropods that survive year-round in Kentucky. Most accomplish this in an innocuous fashion–out-of-sight and out-of-mind. Unfortunately, several species of these “accidental invaders” enter structures seeking shelter from the elements. While they come from

Posted in Household Pests

Featured Publication

2017 Southeastern U.S. Pest Control Guide for Nursery Crops and Landscape Plantings A cooperative effort of Southern Nursery IPM Working Group members, including UK collaborators, this publication provides up-to-date information about pest management products used for nursery, greenhouse, and landscape

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

Peach Leaf Curl

It is time to implement measures to protect residential and commercial peach trees from peach leaf curl. This disease results in disfigured leaves during spring and summer; twigs and fruit may also become infected. Successful management of peach leaf curl

Posted in Fruit

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. During the month of October, diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included Fusarium ear rot,

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

Featured Publication

Holcus Leaf Spot (PPFS-AG-C-06) Holcus leaf spot, a bacterial disease, can be seen sporadically in Kentucky cornfields.  It can be challenging to diagnose because damage from certain contact herbicides, such as paraquat, can mimic holcus spot.  This new publication describes

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

Featured Publication

Diplodia Ear Rot (PPFS-AG-C-05) Diplodia ear rot of corn can reduce yield and grain quality by damaging kernels, lowering grain test weight, and reducing grain fill. Incidence of affected ears in the field can vary from 1 to 2 percent

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

Greenhouse/High Tunnel Pest Management: Getting Off to a Clean Start

Controlling arthropod pests in greenhouses can be a challenge since these protected environments provide ideal conditions for development of some common plant pests. Additionally, the structure itself excludes natural enemies from attacking these pests, allowing their populations to develop more

Posted in Greenhouses/High Tunnels

Featured Publications

Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Grain Crop Diseases The following new publications are now available, providing growers with fungicide efficacy information pertinent to grain crop diseases.  These ratings were compiled by the North Central Regional Committee on Management of Small

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

2017 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

Our Friends, the Compost Maggot

Several insects thrive in decaying organic matter, so compost bins usually provide all the resources that they need. Maggots are an important part of the nutrient recycling process. Black soldier fly maggots are among the most disturbing of the “decay

Posted in Landscapes