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

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

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

Protect Yourself from Ticks

Ticks can make outdoor activities very uncomfortable, as well as pose a potential health threat (see Ticks and Disease in Kentucky EntFact 618). Tick season extends from mid-March through August across the Commonwealth. Important Kentucky Ticks Lone Star Tick Tick

Posted in Human Pests

Dealing with Pesticide Spills

A spill is an accidental release of any amount of pesticide, small or large. Spills on public highways, such as when a tank on a truck overturns, usually have major consequences. Failure to respond quickly and appropriately to such mishaps

Posted in Pesticide Topics