Monthly Archives: June 2018

Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Anthracnose of Cucurbits

Cucumber, cantaloupe, and watermelon growers in Kentucky should have their eye out for anthracnose this week. Initial anthracnose infections occur during this time in the growing season in Kentucky, and preventative practices are essential to reducing disease incidence. Prevention, early

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Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

After two seasons of intensive tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) pressure, some diagnoses of this disease have already been made this year. This disease can affect tomato, pepper, potato, eggplant, lettuce, beans, and cucumber along with more than 170 other

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Watch for Thrips — They’re Abundant this Year

There have been several reports of high thrips populations attacking crops and bothering homeowners alike this spring (see KPN June 5, 2018, Thrips Can Be Cause of “Mystery Bites” and “Pool Miseries”). Despite their tiny size, various thrips species are

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Let Fireflies Brighten Your Evenings

Whether you call them fireflies or lightningbugs, seeing them in the evening is a pleasant reminder that we are moving into the early summer months. It is fascinating to watch their periodic flashes and the patterns they make with their

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Chiggers are the immature stage of certain mites that live in overgrown brushy or grassy areas, especially where small rodents are abundant. People pick up chiggers while in shady, humid areas near stream banks, under or around trees, or in

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Watch for the Longhorned Tick

The longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis), an exotic tick from east Asia, was detected recently in Benton County, Arkansas. It was initially found in New Jersey in 2017, and has also been collected in West Virginia and Virginia. There are no

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Apple Rust Diseases (PPFS-FR-T-05)

Cedar-apple, cedar-quince, and cedar-hawthorn rusts commonly occur on apple, as well as pear and several ornamentals in the rose family.  These rust diseases can result in economic losses in orchards and can seriously impact landscape plantings in Kentucky. This 5-page

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