Yearly Archives: 2020

To Spray or Not to Spray: Conundrum in Wheat

Many wheat producers in the state have already sprayed a fungicide to help protect against Fusarium head blight (scab).  However, some fields in the state were just nearing the beginning flowering stage (Feekes growth stage 10.51) when the May 9th

Posted in Grains

Watch for Seedling Diseases in Corn

Weather this spring has challenged corn farmers in Kentucky. Temperature swings and frequent rainfall have led to a wide range of corn growth stages, with some corn in early vegetative stages and some corn still in the bag. The cool,

Posted in Grains

Managing Corn Earworm Begins Early

Corn earworm is typically a pest of later-season sweet corn, so why should we bother with worrying about it in May? We are a long way off from the start of harvest, which usually begins close to the 4th of

Posted in Vegetables

Black Rot of Grapes

Black rot is a common disease of grapes in Kentucky. Due to the prevalence of this disease, it is also one of the most economically important diseases of grapes.  Black rot can affect all young, developing, above ground plant tissues.

Posted in Fruit

Woolly Apple Aphids Flaring in Some Orchards

While I have not received reports yet of woolly apple aphid activity on apple trees, there were several commercial orchards last year with serious infestations. In some years, this can be attributed to wounds caused by periodical cicada, but it

Posted in Fruit

Volutella Blight of Boxwood

Volutella blight is the most common disease of boxwood in the landscape. Volutella blight is caused by an opportunistic fungal pathogen that attacks leaves and stems of damaged or stressed plants.  Winter injury, poor vigor, and wounds increase risk for

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Dogwood Anthracnose Spotted

Anthracnose of dogwood is a common problem in Kentucky. Symptoms on landscape and forest dogwoods often first appear during wet periods in late spring. If left unmanaged, the pathogen spreads, eventually resulting in plant death.  Selection of resistant varieties and

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs