Monthly Archives: June 2018

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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Web-based Disease Monitoring Resources for Vegetable Growers

Cucumbers, melons, squash, and tomatoes are among the most widely grown vegetables in Kentucky, and as many experienced growers can tell you, nothing can bring an untimely end to the season quite like cucurbit downy mildew (Figure 1) or late

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Spider Mites Love Hot Weather

With the summer months just beginning (although this spring has felt like summer), producers need to keep in mind that hot and dry conditions can lead to some specific pest problems. Two-spotted spider mite is a common pest of many

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Spotted Wing Drosophila on the Rise

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD, Figure 1) activity is increasing, based on positive samples identified from several southern and central Kentucky counties. Some locations have trapped relatively high numbers needing control. This increase in activity is earlier than what we have

Posted in Fruit

Sanitation Recommendations for Small-Scale Field Hemp Plantings

Hemp is often considered a disease-free plant. However, no research has been done to determine whether certain pathogens can increase to problematic levels in the field. If disease becomes a significant problem in field-planted hemp, the result can be premature

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Japanese Beetles Emerging

The first report of Japanese beetle emergence was just received from Scott County. Recent rains across much of the state have loosened hardened soils, so a few warm, sunny days will prompt additional beetle emergence.   Individual Japanese beetles live about

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Black Root Rot of Ornamentals (PPFS-OR-03)

Black root rot can affect a wide range of ornamentals in home and commercial landscapes, nurseries, and greenhouses. In Kentucky, this disease is commonly observed on Japanese and blue hollies, inkberry, pansy, petunia, and vinca. In addition to ornamentals, numerous

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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 magnesium deficiency on corn; spring black stem, Lepto

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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

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New Resource: Solanaceous Crops Scouting Guide Website

The publication An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Pests of Solanaceous Crops in Kentucky was first introduced in 2011 as an online PDF/paper version. In order to improve access to this important scouting guide, the Veggie Scout website was developed.

Posted in Announcements, Vegetables

Diseases Rearing Their Ugly “Heads” in Small Grain Crops

A number of diseases that affect heads of small grain crops have been observed in Kentucky over the last few weeks. Fusarium Head Blight One of the “usual suspects” that is no stranger to Kentucky is Fusarium head blight (a.k.a.

Posted in Grains

Scout for Armyworms

There have been several reports of true armyworm in pastures, small grains, and corn in Western Kentucky, and high numbers have been captured in Lexington and Princeton traps. So far, the reports on caterpillar damage include clipping of small heads

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Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Center Rot of Onion

Onion growers in Kentucky should have their eye out for bacterial rots of onion this week, particularly center rot of onion. Bacterial rots are common diseases of onions in Kentucky, and homeowners or commercial growers not actively using preventative practices

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Thrips Can Be Cause of “Mystery Bites” and “Pool Miseries”

Thrips are tiny plant-feeding insects that leave pastures, hay fields, or grassy areas in large numbers immediately after these areas are mowed. The tiny insects can fly or be blown by winds to end up in yards or around swimming

Posted in Human Pests

Be Aware When Making Postemergence Dicamba Applications

The month of June has arrived and so too will postemergence soybean applications, many of which are likely to contain the dicamba formulations of Xtendimax, Engenia, or FeXapan.  As we approach these coming weeks when many of our dicamba application

Posted in Pesticide Topics