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

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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

Marginal Oak Leaf Fold Galls Can Pack A Punch!

Leaf Fold Gall Midge Thickened edges of oak leaves are caused by abnormal tissue growth stimulated by chemicals produced by the leaf fold gall midge (Figure 1). These growths contain small fly maggots that feed and develop within the galls

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Spider Mites on Various Crops

With the hot weather, there has been a large increase in numbers of reports of spider mite activity, particularly in greenhouses and high tunnels where foliage stays much drier. Two-spotted spider mite is a common pest of many vegetable and

Posted in General Pests

West Nile Virus – 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as of August 7 2018, human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in the neighboring states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia,. In addition, non-human cases (birds or mosquitoes)

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Bumble Bee Stings

Bumble bees are peaceful, industrious insects that provide valuable pollination services. However, the queen and workers will use their stingers to defend themselves or their nest if disturbed. While the barbed stinger of the honey bee allows only one thrust,

Posted in Human Pests

Southern Blight (PPFS-GEN-16)

Southern blight affects hundreds of different plants, including vegetables, field crops, ornamentals, and fruit. This disease is also known as southern stem blight, basal stem rot, Sclerotium blight, crown rot, and white mold (not to be confused with Sclerotinia white

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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 over the past three weeks have included summer black stem

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

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

An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Problems of Apple in Kentucky (ID-219)

One of the key components of IPM is to frequently scout and monitor crops to identify problems before they result in significant economic losses. Proper identification of pathogens, insect pests, nutritional, and physiologic disorders, as well as herbicide drift, is

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