Monthly Archives: February 2019

Last Year’s Small Fruit Diseases Equal This Year’s Disease Risk

Disease presence last year can indicate a risk for the same disease this year. Many pathogens overwinter in Kentucky on infected plant material or as pathogen survival structures. Poor sanitation practices can lead to an increased risk of these diseases

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Peach Leaf Curl and Plum Pockets (PPFS-FR-T-01)

Peach leaf curl occurs annually in commercial and residential orchards throughout Kentucky.  The disease causes severe defoliation, weakens trees, and reduces fruit quality, fruit set, and yield.  Peaches, apricots, and nectarines are susceptible to peach leaf curl.  Plum pockets is

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Cannabis Aphid Found in Hemp Grown in Greenhouses in Western Kentucky

Problem The plant disease diagnostic lab at the University of Kentucky’s Research and Education Center in Princeton received a sample of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) in late January from a grower in Christian County. The plants were growing in a

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Last Year’s Tree Fruit Diseases Equal This Year’s Tree Fruit Disease Risk

Last year’s disease presence can help in evaluating this year’s disease risk. Many pathogens overwinter in Kentucky on infected plant material or as pathogen survival structures. Poor sanitation practices and lack of management can lead to overwintering of many pathogens. 

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2019 IPM Training School

The 2019 IPM Training School is scheduled for March 6 at the Christian County Extension Office, Hopkinsville. Seven UK specialists will be talking about weed control, pasture, cover crop, soil nitrogen cycle, corn and soybean diseases, scouting techniques, and soybean

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The Asiatic Garden Beetle is a Potential Pest for Kentucky’s Field Corn; It Might Cause Field Corn Losses in Southwest Michigan

Problem In a recent regional meeting of entomologists working in field crops, I learned of the increase abundance and attacks of the Asiatic garden beetle, Maladera castanea (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in corn fields in southwest Michigan, northwest Ohio, and Indiana in

Posted in Grains

Recommendations for Starting Disease-Free Vegetable Transplants

Many home gardeners and commercial growers have placed their seed orders or have the seeds saved from last year safely tucked away. In the coming months it will be time to start those seeds in transplant trays. However, many vegetable

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Hold on to Your Insecticide Sprays to Manage Aphids in Wheat in the Harsh Winter of 2019

Insecticide spray programs for aphid management should follow integrated pest management practices instead of calendar-based programs. In Kentucky, the rest of the USA, and many other parts of the world, calendar-based insecticide programs continue to be used due to ease

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Planning a Vegetable Garden

While it may seem like spring is a long way off, one way to ward off those winter blues is to starting planning for this year’s vegetable garden. There are many items to consider when planning a garden. The decisions

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Pesticide Storage and Cold Weather

Pesticides are a significant investment for many agricultural producers, and cold weather during storage can ruin some pesticides. Pesticides also must be stored properly and in a secured place to meet regulations and keep persons and the environment safe.  Winter

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