Monthly Archives: June 2018

Featured Publication

Cane Diseases of Brambles (PPFS-FR-S-17) Several cane diseases commonly lead to the formation of cankers in Kentucky bramble plantings.  If left unchecked, these fungal diseases significantly reduce overall yields and limit the longevity of bramble plantings. This publication discusses the

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Suspected Western Bean Cutworm Egg Mass Found

This week, a suspicious egg mass was found in a Daviess County corn field by a consultant who was scouting the field. The tentative identification of the egg mass is western bean cutworm (WBC), a pest of corn and garden

Posted in Grains

Orange Rust:  Non-Curable Disease in Brambles

Orange rust of brambles can be a concern for Kentucky blackberry and raspberry growers. The first symptoms are often noticed in early spring when newly formed shoots appear weak and spindly. Once infected, the pathogen spreads throughout the entire plant.

Posted in Fruit

Yellow Poplar Weevils Having a Good Year

Yellow poplar weevils are small black snout beetles (Figure 1) that chew distinctive oval holes in the leaves of yellow poplar, sassafras, and magnolia. The larvae are white legless grubs that feed and develop as miners inside leaves. Injured leaves

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Expect Midges and Gnats after Rains

‘Midge’ and ‘gnat’ are common names for many species of small, non-biting flies resembling mosquitoes. They can be nuisances following extend rainy periods. Large mating swarms often appear about dusk. Irritation comes when many of the small flies land on

Posted in Human Pests

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. Diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included leaf streak on orchardgrass; Pythium and Rhizoctonia root

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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