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

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

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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 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

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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

An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Problems in Brambles in Kentucky (ID-251)

Scouting and monitoring crops to determine potential problems before they result in serious economic loss is key to the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. This IPM guide was designed to aid in the identification of common problems encountered in blackberry

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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

Transplant Shock: Disease or Cultural Problem?

Autumn has arrived in Kentucky, and now is one of the best times to plant new trees. Cool-season planting allows trees to “focus” on root system development. Woody plants may take as long as 3 to 5 years to establish

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Late-season Sights – 2

Here are some more sights that can show up at this time of year. Only a few situations may warrant action before winter. However, recognizing important chronic pests allows you to develop long range management plans. The Japanese beetle is

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Asian Longhorned Ticks Keeps Popping Up

Asian longhorned ticks (ALT) (Figure 1) are small, reddish brown ticks with no distinctive markings to aid in quick recognition. Unfed adults are smaller (3 to 4 mm long) than the other hard ticks that we commonly encounter. The 2017

Posted in Livestock Pests

Pollinator Protection: Hazard versus Risk

Pollinator protection has received a lot of national attention due to decline of honey bees and other wild pollinators. The causes of this are still being studied, but parasites, pathogens, nutrition, genetics, and pesticides all play a role in these

Posted in Beneficial Insects, Pesticide Topics

Corn—Diplodia Leaf Streak (PPFS-AG-C-08)

Diplodia leaf streak is a corn disease that has become more prevalent in Kentucky in recent years. It is commonly observed in fields in western Kentucky. This publication describes the symptoms and cause of disease, conditions that favor disease development,

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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 gray leaf spot, southern rust, and poor pollination

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

Late Season Sights

Signs and symptoms of insect activity are evident now. Only a few situations may warrant action before winter. However, recognizing important chronic pests allows you to develop long range management plans. Sawflies Pine sawflies can cause significant defoliation during the

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs