Monthly Archives: June 2017

Replanted and Double Crop Soybeans Can Be Affected by Mollusk Outbreaks in Kentucky in 2017

Current Situation “I haven’t seen a slug outbreak like this in 40 years of growing soybeans” was a comment of a soybean farmer in Logan County last Friday (June 9, 2017). He will replant 300 to 600 acres of soybeans.

Posted in Grains

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

Spotted Wing Drosophila Activity Intensifying

Samples this past week indicate that spotted wing drosophila (SWD) activity is increasing across the state with numbers of these captured insects considerably higher at some locations. While the threshold to begin management is ‘one captured fly,’ continued trapping provides

Posted in Fruit

New County Reports of Emerald Ash Borer

Since its discovery in 2009, emerald ash borer (EAB) has continued to invade Kentucky (Figure 1); Cumberland, Green, Taylor, and Wayne counties have been added to the list of counties this year. Designation as “infested” does not mean the insect

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Japanese Beetles Abundant in Some Areas

Japanese beetles are emerging, and there are early indications that populations are well above normal in some areas. Upcoming rain will soften the soil and spur more emergence. When practical, hand removal is an effective way to control this insect

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs, Landscapes

Time to Check for Bagworms

Small bagworms are feeding now. It takes careful inspection to detect small larvae wrapped in silk bags with pieces of leaf attached (Figure 1). Check small trees and shrubs that have a history of problems to see if the insects

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Leaf Skeletonizers on Oaks

Leaf skeletonizers are pale yellow-green caterpillars that create veiny skeletons as they feed on upper leaf surfaces (Figure 1). There are several leaf skeletonizer species that feed on different tree species, but their activity is rarely noticed. Usually, weather or

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Remember West Nile Virus?

Mosquito trapping and testing is underway in many states, including Kentucky, as part of overall public health programs. The relatively mild winter of 2016-2017 favored greater survival of species, such as the house mosquito complex, that overwinter as adults. In

Posted in Human Pests

Featured Publication

Relative Effectiveness of Various Chemicals for Disease Control of Ornamental Plantings (PPFS-GEN-13) The Southern Nursery Integrated Pest Management (SNIPM) working group is comprised of Extension professionals from several southern states, including Kentucky.  The SNIPM group collaborates on multi-state nursery crop

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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

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Update on Southern Rust of Corn

Southern rust of corn (caused by the fungus, Puccinia polysora) caused yield losses on several acres of corn in Kentucky during 2016, which raised awareness of this disease going into the 2017 growing season.  The southern rust pathogen does not

Posted in Grains

Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Bacterial Spot of Pepper

Kentucky vegetable growers should be on the lookout for bacterial spot of pepper this week. As the most common disease of pepper in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not actively using preventative practices will likely experience at least some bacterial spot.

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Increasing Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) activity is increasing based on positive samples from several western, southern, and central Kentucky counties. We are still collecting negative samples from some counties, including farms in the same counties where other farms have been positive

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. Recent diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included magnesium and zinc deficiency symptoms on corn;

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Watch for Spider Mites on Vegetables

As we move into the summer, keep in mind that hot and dry conditions can lead to some specific pest problems. Two-spotted spider mite (Figure 1) is a common pest of many vegetable crops during prolonged hot and dry periods.

Posted in Vegetables