Monthly Archives: August 2019

Watch for Fall Armyworm in Pastures

Fall armyworm is a recurring pest of pastures, and there have been several outbreaks in pastures the past few years. As we move into autumn, risk of fall armyworm moving into Kentucky from southern areas increases. Growers managing pastures should

Posted in Forages

Gummy Stem Blight of Cucurbits Can Be a Sticky Situation

Commercial producers and homeowners who grow cucurbits, such as cantaloupe, watermelon and cucumber, could suffer heavy losses from gummy stem blight. This disease is caused by the fungus Didymella bryoniae, which can infect leaves, stems, and vines at all plant

Posted in Vegetables

The Rotten Truth about Bitter Rot

While fruit rots have a variety of causes, the most common fungal fruit rot of apple in Kentucky is bitter rot. The disease results in rotten, inedible fruit. Fungicides are available for management; however, sanitation is critical for disease prevention.

Posted in Fruit

Soil-borne Pathogens Serve as the Biggest Threat to Mum Production in Kentucky

Many Kentucky vegetable and greenhouse producers are beginning to include fall chrysanthemum production in their operations.  Mums are usually planted in June and sold in September when fall color is in demand.  In Kentucky, mum production can vary in size,

Posted in Ornamentals

Four Fall Invaders to Prepare for

As insects prepare for winter, they must try and survive the changes in temperature that are coming. Some may migrate to warmer places, some can survive being frozen, but a few see your home as a toasty timeshare they can

Posted in Household Pests

Effectiveness of Fungicides for Management of Fruit Diseases

The four Plant Pathology Extension publications containing efficacy tables for tree fruit and small fruit disease fungicides have just been updated.  These guides provide decision-making tools to help growers select fungicides from different chemical classes (FRAC groups). These guides are

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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