Monthly Archives: April 2019

UK Weed Science to Host a Pair of Field Days at UKREC in Princeton

The University of Kentucky Weed Science Program will be hosting two field days at the UK Research and Educatoin Center (UKREC) in Princeton, Kentucky in 2019.  The Pest Management Field Day will be held on July 2, 2019 and the

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Considerations for Fungicide Management of Fusarium Head Blight (Scab) of Wheat

Wheat fields are beginning to flower in western Kentucky.  Flowering (anthesis) is a critical time, as wheat becomes susceptible to infection by Fusarium graminearum, the causal agent of Fusarium head blight (FHB; also known as scab) (Figure 1). This disease can cause

Posted in Grains

Fire Blight Alert and Risk Map Overview

Apple are in bloom throughout Kentucky. Infection by the fire blight bacterium occurs during bloom, thus, protectant antibiotics should be applied when risk is high. Risk for infection can be assessed using the Fire Blight Disease Prediction Model. Growers can

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New Resource: Recordkeeping Manual for Private Pesticide Applicators

An updated Recordkeeping Manual for Private Pesticide Applicators in Kentucky is now available at online or linked through the University of Kentucky Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) webpage (look under ‘Info for Certified Private Applicators’). Safety is emphasized in this

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Insecticide Seed Treatments and Pollinator Protection

Insecticide seed treatments are widespread as they are a relatively inexpensive method to manage some belowground and aboveground insect pests in row crops and some vegetables. Many insecticide seed treatments contain a neonicotinoid insecticide that can move systemically through plants.

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Sustainable Disease Management in the Home Garden (fact sheet series)

Home garden production is more likely to be successful when plant diseases are managed proactively. Preventative practices help to minimize pesticide sprays in residential settings and provide a more sustainable approach. The following series of publications, which cover five common

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Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights have been compiled from samples submitted to the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories during April 2019. Diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included Sclerotinia crown and stem rot on clover; alfalfa weevil feeding

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