Monthly Archives: May 2017

Protecting Pollinators

Honey bees and other pollinators are as much a part of agriculture as cattle and corn. We hear a lot about protecting pollinators, as we should, since losses of honey bees since 2006 have been at unacceptable and unsustainable levels.

Posted in Beneficial Insects

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

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

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. Recent diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included zinc and magnesium deficiencies, seedcorn maggot injury

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

Cedar-Apple Rust

Cedar-apple rust is the most common and economically important rust disease of apple in Kentucky. Symptoms of this disease are beginning to appear across the state. The pathogen overwinters as galls on cedar and juniper. Removal of these pathogen sources

Posted in Fruit

Managing Aphids in High Tunnels and Greenhouses

One of the more common pest issues across a range of vegetable crops in greenhouses is aphid management. Vegetable production in protected environments is generally used to extend seasons and during these times of the year problems with aphids are

Posted in Greenhouses/High Tunnels, Vegetables

Spruce Spider Mite Injury Appearing

Spruce spider mites (SSM), like other plant-feeding mites, use piercing-sucking mouthparts to feed on sap. Feeding from individual cells initially produces small, yellow splotches on needles. Over time, needles take on a dull, rusty appearance and some may drop prematurely. In

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs