Monthly Archives: March 2018

Fire Blight Alert and Risk Map Overview

Apple trees are approaching bloom and many pear are in full bloom, especially in southwestern Kentucky. Infection by the fire blight bacterium occurs during bloom, thus, protectant antibiotics should be applied when risk is high. Risk for infection can be

Posted in Fruit

“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 in water, which ultimately causes roots to suffocate. Once root damage occurs, plants decline and

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Eastern Tent Caterpillar Egg Hatch Begins

Larry Hanks, a certified arborist in central Kentucky, reported seeing newly hatched eastern tent caterpillars in Scott County on March 25. This is 7 to 10 days later than the typical mid-March date. Soon after hatch, the tiny caterpillars feed

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

2018 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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Rainy Season Equals Phytophthora Disease

Spring rains can create growing conditions that are devastating to most landscape plants.  Wet soils are favored by a group of pathogens called water molds, or oomycetes, which cause a range of root and stem diseases. Water molds are found in

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs, Ornamentals

2018 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

Alfalfa Weevils Are Hardy

The recent snow and cold should have little effect on developing alfalfa weevil populations. Temperatures must drop below minus 7o to minus 10o F to be lethal to eggs deposited in plant stems. Small larvae are killed by temperatures of

Posted in Forages