Monthly Archives: October 2018

USDA Releases the Update to the National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management

Last month, the USDA released the first update of the National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) since 2013. This is the second update since its inception in 2003. The National Road Map helps to prioritize IPM research, technology

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Soybean Stem Borer Infestations are Being Noticed by Kentucky Growers: Yield might Be Reduced

Occurrences in commercial soybean fields in 2017 and 2018 In 2017, there were several reports of Dectes presence in commercial fields in Webster, Henderson, and McLean counties in Kentucky. Soybean plants infested with Dectes larva or tunneling caused by this

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Phomopsis Seed Decay and Purple Seed Stain Prevalent in Harvested Soybeans

Although soybean yields have been pretty good this year, the seed quality of harvested soybeans has not been great in some areas of the state.  Seed diseases have been prevalent in areas that have received a lot of rain since

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Difficulties in Diagnosing Diseases of Mature Soybean Plants

After soybean plants have matured in the field, many organisms begin to grow and colonize these plants.  Rainy weather often promotes growth of and colonization by these organisms.  The longer that plants have been sitting in a field after they

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Peach Leaf Curl

Peach leaf curl results in disfigured leaves during spring and summer; twigs and fruit may also become infected. Successful management of peach leaf curl begins in autumn even though symptoms are not seen until leaves emerge. Peach Leaf Curl Facts

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Twig Blights of Juniper (PPFS-OR-W-11)

Twig and branch dieback is a common sight in many juniper plantings in Kentucky. While other factors can cause these general symptoms, two fungal diseases are frequently responsible for the dieback. These fungi (Phomopsis juniperovora and Kabatina juniperi) attack several

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Green June Beetle–“The Other” White Grubs

Most fall problems with white grubs are due to root-feeding by Japanese beetles and/or masked chafer grubs. Severe damage results in irregular patches of rootless dead grass that can be pulled up like pieces of loose rug. In contrast, activity

Posted in Lawn & Turf

Crown Gall (PPFS-GEN-01)

Crown gall can affect a wide range of crops, including woody ornamentals, tree fruits, and small fruits.  Plants in commercial and residential plantings, such as landscapes, nurseries, orchards, and vineyards, can suffer losses from this bacterial disease. This recently released

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Japanese Rose of Sharon Moth Found Just North of Kentucky Border

Caterpillars of Rusicada privata (formally Anomis commoda) (Walker, 1865) have been observed in Scioto County, Ohio, approximately 5 aerial miles north of Greenup County, Kentucky. The species, known as the rose-of-sharon moth or hibiscus leaf caterpillar moth (Figure 1), is

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Problems of Strawberry in Kentucky (ID-238)  

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 strawberry

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on the Move

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) numbers were higher in much of the Eastern half of the state this summer than other areas. With the start of fall, they have been gathering on the sides of buildings in the afternoons on

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Diplodia Tip Blight of Pine (PPFS-OR-W-21)

Diplodia tip blight is a serious disease of landscape pines in Kentucky, resulting in needle death and dieback. Austrian (Pinus nigra), Scots (P. sylvestris), and Mugo (P. mugo) pines are most commonly affected.  As branch dieback progresses upward in diseased pines, trees

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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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