Yearly Archives: 2019

2020 IPM Training School

The 2020 IPM training school is scheduled for March 12 at the Conference Room of the recently renovated University of Kentucky’s Research and Education Center, Princeton KY (348 University Drive, Princeton KY 42445). Updated information on corn diseases, weed control,

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Buggy Gifts Inside the Christmas Tree

If your household celebrates Christmas and prefers to do it with a natural tree, you may end up bringing in more than just a beautiful evergreen. There are several kinds of insects and arachnids that may be hiding on the

Posted in Household Pests

Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers, 2020-2021 (ID-36)

The latest version of the Extension publication, Vegetable Production for Commercial Growers (ID-36) is now available.  This comprehensive publication contains a wealth of information on commercial vegetable production and pest management, from variety selection to harvest and marketing considerations. Vegetable

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Iron Deficiency of Woody Plants (ID-84)

Iron deficiency is a nutritional deficit that can occur in woody and herbaceous plants in landscapes, nurseries, greenhouses, and production fields. It is most often associated with soils that have neutral or alkaline pH (pH 7.0 or above). Plants that

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Some Principles of Fungicide Resistance (PPFS-MISC-02)

Fungicides are important tools in modern crop production. Unfortunately, one of the risks of using these products is that fungi sometimes develop resistance to them. Resistance development is a concern because the products may become less effective—or even useless—for controlling

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Emerging Virus Threat to Greenhouse Tomato and Pepper Production

Within the last several days, USDA has issued new guidance on an emerging viral disease of tomato and pepper (link).   Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) is a new tobamovirus (in the tobacco mosaic virus family) first documented in Israel

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Woolly Apple Aphids Come and Go, But Don’t Really Leave!

There are several species of aphids attacking apples, and among them, woolly apple aphid is the most difficult to manage. Unlike other aphids, this species attacks trees above and below ground, but it is the damage you don’t see that

Posted in Fruit

Bacterial Canker of Tomato (PPFS-VG-06)

Bacterial canker is a potentially serious disease of tomato that can occur in commercial plantings and residential gardens. This infectious disease is capable of spreading rapidly, resulting in devastating losses. In addition, the pathogen can be difficult to eradicate once

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EPA Seeking Nominations for Rural Stakeholder Advisory Committee

The EPA is seeking nominations of persons willing to serve on the Farm Ranch and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee. This committee enables the EPA to build a relationship with agricultural stakeholders and rural communities to ensure the agency is

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An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Problems of High Tunnel and Greenhouse Vegetable Crops in Kentucky (ID-235)

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 on vegetable

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Fighting Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnat fast facts Fungus gnats are flies that utilize damp soil to lay their eggs; once the eggs hatch, maggots will emerge to feed on fungi and organic matter Fungus gnats are annoying and may sometimes cause minor root

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Soybean Cyst Nematode: A Potential Problem for Nurseries (ID-110)

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is a serious disease pest of soybean in Kentucky.  However, SCN also creates problems for field production nurseries when soils in ball-and-burlapped plants contain this nematode.  Some states will not allow nursery stock to be imported

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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

Awooo! Wolf Spiders of Kentucky

Wolf spiders get a bad rap. They are common spiders, found under logs and rocks, as well as in open areas. They are also active hunters, meaning that they don’t spin a web like some of their more famous relatives.

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If the Glove Doesn’t Fit (the job!), You Must Quit

Many pesticides require the use of gloves during one or more pesticide-handling or early-entry operations in order to reduce pesticide exposure. Often, it is our hands that are most likely to become contaminated when handling pesticides. But different pesticides may

Posted in Pesticide Topics