Monthly Archives: August 2018

Stress and Decline in Woody Plants

Woody trees and shrubs may exhibit decline resulting from the stresses that can occur during their lives. Stress may be the result of improper plant or site selection, incorrect planting or maintenance practices, or poor soil conditions. Injury from equipment,

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

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

Posted in Pesticide Topics

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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Bacterial Leaf Scorch Can Torch Landscape Trees

Kentucky’s landscapes are populated by many trees that are susceptible to bacterial leaf scorch. This disease may not kill trees instantly, but over time, it can have devastating effects. Pruning and reducing stress can prolong the life of infected trees;

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

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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