Monthly Archives: July 2019

Blossom End Rot (CCD-FS-11)

Blossom end rot is a physiological disorder common to many fruiting vegetable crops, especially tomatoes and peppers. Cucurbits, like cucumber, squash, and watermelon, can also be affected. Abiotic diseases are caused by non-living components, which in the case of blossom

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

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 from July 2-8, 2019. Diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included common rust, southern rust, Diplodia leaf streak, gray leaf

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

2019 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

Posted in Insect Trap Counts

Hemp and Pesticides

Two weeks ago, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) posted their statement on Kentucky hemp and pesticides here . With this notification, the KDA listed criteria required in order for a pesticide to be available for use on hemp. A

Posted in Hemp, Pesticide Topics

Late Blight in Tomato

Late blight has been positively identified in eastern Tennessee and has the potential to affect tomato and potato crops in Kentucky. Under wet conditions, this disease can completely destroy an otherwise healthy planting in about 2 weeks. Leaf lesions begin as water-soaked

Posted in Vegetables

Squash Bug Attacking Squash

Squash bug is one of the more difficult insects to control on vegetables. It is a common pest of squash, pumpkin, and zucchini. This bug extracts plant juices with its piercing-sucking mouthparts and potentially transmits the pathogen that causes yellow

Posted in Vegetables

Millipede Invasions

Millipedes are common arthropods that provide a valuable service by breaking down organic materials, such as dead leaves and grass clippings, to recycle nutrients into the environment. But they can also become a nuisance when they gather by the thousands

Posted in Household Pests

Tree Wounds—Invitations to Wood Decay Fungi (PPFS-OR-W-01)

Wood decay leads to loss of tree vigor and vitality, resulting in decline, dieback, and structural failure.  Wounds play an important part in this process since they are the primary points of entry for decay pathogens. The UK Extension publication,

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

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 from July 2-8, 2019. Diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included common rust, southern rust, northern leaf blight, Diplodia leaf

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

2019 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

Posted in Insect Trap Counts

Foliar Fungicide Considerations for Soybean

Many soybean fields in Kentucky are approaching the R3 (beginning pod) developmental stage, which generally is a time to consider an application of a foliar fungicide to protect against foliar diseases.  In areas of the state that have received frequent

Posted in Grains

Sugarcane Aphid in Kentucky Sorghum

The sugarcane aphid (SCA) was spotted in Kentucky last week in Fayette and Monroe Counties on sweet sorghum. This invasive pest can cause up to 100% crop loss if left untreated on grain, forage, and sweet sorghum. SCA cannot survive

Posted in Grains

Transplant Shock: Disease or Cultural Problem? (PPFS-OR-W-19)

When trees and shrubs are moved from one growing site to another (e.g. from nursery to landscape), they endure stress. If care is taken to minimize stress through proper transplanting techniques and maintenance, plants are likely to recover rapidly and

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

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 from July 2-8, 2019. Diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included Northern leaf blight and common rust on corn; Rhizoctonia

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

2019 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

Posted in Insect Trap Counts