Monthly Archives: November 2018

From Tree Thief to Holiday Tradition: The Story of Mistletoe

Once autumn leaves have fallen, mistletoe becomes highly visible on large trees throughout Kentucky. Phoradendron, the scientific name for Kentucky’s most common type of this parasitic plant, means tree thief. These small leafy plants are commonly found on twigs and

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Blacklegged Tick Adults Active during Winter

Adult blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) search for blood meals during the winter months (November through March). These cold-hardy ticks can be active whenever the temperature is above freezing. The female has long mouthparts and a distinctive orange-red body with a

Posted in Human Pests

Sucking and Biting Lice

Lice are small, wingless, flat-bodied insects with legs modified for grasping hair shafts. They are generally host-specific. For example, cattle lice will not survive for long on swine. They are obligate parasites because they must have blood meals to develop

Posted in Livestock Pests

When White Pines Turn Brown…Common Problems of White Pines in Kentucky (PPFS-OR-W-22)

Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) is a popular conifer in many Kentucky landscapes; however, this species is subject to browning as a result of various environmental and disease problems. In Kentucky, brown needles on white pine are often caused by

Posted in Featured Publications

Management of Soybean Cyst Nematode Starts with Soil Sampling this Fall or Spring

The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) (Figure 1) causes greater annual yield losses in Kentucky than any other pathogen of soybean.  The last time a formal survey was conducted by the University of Kentucky in 2006 and 2007, approximately 76% of

Posted in Grains

Featured Publications

Managing Diseases with Proper Sanitation When diseases occur in commercial or residential plantings, it is often presumed that fungicides are the most important and effective disease management tools available.  However, a good sanitation program can help reduce the need for

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Biological Pest Management in Kentucky High Tunnel / Greenhouse Tomato Production Systems

Kentucky producers of tomatoes in high tunnel or greenhouse production systems manage several key arthropod pests to maximize their yields and profits.  An environmentally and economically sound management system for these pests is based on the following components: Sanitation and

Posted in Greenhouses/High Tunnels, Vegetables