Monthly Archives: August 2018

Navigating the WPS Respirator Requirements

With the 2015 revisions to the Worker Protection Standards (WPS), agricultural employers, employees, and their family members who use a pesticide that falls under WPS and requires a respirator, must follow OSHA respirator requirements. Respirators are required when a pesticide

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Don’t Eat Those Wild Mushrooms…unless you know what you are doing! (PPFS-GEN-14/FORFS-16-01)

Recent prolonged rains throughout Kentucky have resulted in mushrooms popping up seemingly everywhere. A variety of mushrooms can be seen in landscape mulch, in lawns, on forest floors, and in open meadows.  For many, there may be a temptation to

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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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Boxwood Blight (PPFS-OR-W-20)(Updated!)

Boxwood blight causes rapid defoliation and plant dieback of boxwood (Buxus spp.) and other susceptible hosts within the boxwood family (e.g., Pachysandra and Sarcococa spp.). Infected plants are eventually weakened, and the resulting plant stress and consequent colonization by secondary

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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 leaf streak on orchardgrass; southern blight on hemp;

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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

Cucurbit Downy Mildew Fungicide Sensitivity Update

Cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) is the most economically important disease of cucurbits in Kentucky. All cucurbits, such as cucumber, cantaloupe, summer and winter squashes, pumpkin, and watermelon are susceptible to this water mold (fungus-like organism/oomycete) pathogen. Since the CDM pathogen

Posted in Vegetables