Monthly Archives: September 2018

Clean Up High Tunnels Now to Reduce Veggie Disease Next Year

Numerous important diseases of vegetables can overwinter more effectively in protected environments like greenhouses and high tunnels, as compared to field environments. These include foliar diseases like leaf mold, gray mold, and powdery mildews. In addition, soilborne diseases, like root

Posted in Greenhouses/High Tunnels

Landscape Sanitation: Clean Up for Clean Plants

Autumn has arrived in Kentucky and, as leaves will soon begin to change color and fall from trees, it is time to focus on landscape sanitation. Good sanitation practices can help reduce disease-causing pathogens.  These organisms can survive for months

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs, Landscapes, Ornamentals

Verticillium Wilt of Woody Plants (PPFS-OR-W-18)

Verticillium wilt is a soil-borne fungal disease that can affect a wide range of ornamental trees and shrubs, as well as a number of tree fruits and woody small fruits. Over 400 woody and herbaceous plant species have been reported

Posted in Featured Publications

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 two weeks have included gray leaf spot,

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

Update on Sugarcane Aphid Attacking Sweet Sorghum

This season, sugarcane aphid was first spotted close to the same time as last year. Generally, populations were slow to build, but this year a number of growers were prepared to treat with Sivanto Prime, which is available through an

Posted in Grains

Southern Blight of Hemp

In 2018, there were significant increases in confirmed cases of southern blight in hemp.  The fungal disease affects a wide range of plant species, as well as hemp. When stems and roots become infected, plants can wilt, decline, and/or die,

Posted in Hemp