Monthly Archives: February 2020

Don’t let This Weevil Eat Your Alfalfa Profits

The earliest field crop pest of the year is often the alfalfa weevil. While adults do some leaf notching, larvae (Figure 1) attack buds and developing leaves, reducing yield and quality of alfalfa. Last year, high numbers were observed in

Posted in Forages

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 days or weeks, it will be time to start those seeds in transplant trays. However,

Posted in Vegetables

Blacklegged Ticks Keep on Ticking Regardless of Winter

When people think of ticks, they often think of them as a spring or summertime problem. This is the case for two of our common Kentucky ticks, the lone star tick and the American dog tick. Adults of these species

Posted in Human Pests

Tree Fruit Fungicide Spray Schedule Worksheets

Two worksheets have been developed to assist commercial tree fruit growers in designing appropriate fungicide spray schedules for their orchards.  The worksheets can be used to plan sprays from dormancy through post-harvest. Sample spray guides are also included. Both publications

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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 from February 1 to February 25, 2020. Diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included russet mite on hemp. On fruit,

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Planning a Vegetable Garden

While still firmly in the midst of a gray and brown winter, one way to look toward spring is to start planning for this year’s vegetable garden. There are many items to consider when planning a garden. Decisions made can

Posted in Vegetables

Anthracnose of Commercial Turfgrass (PPFS-OR-T-04)

Anthracnose is primarily a disease of intensely managed turfgrass, such as creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass, on golf course putting greens. Outbreaks are generally induced by environmental conditions or cultural practices that result in stress to the turf. The anthracnose

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