Monthly Archives: October 2020

Squash Vine Borer: The Hidden Pest

With most insect pests of vegetables, UK Extension Entomology recommends weekly scouting to determine the levels of infestation and to decide if an insecticide is warranted. Scouting will tell when the earliest stages arrive and at what levels. However, this

Posted in Vegetables

Fruit, Orchard, and Vineyard Sanitation: Cleaning Up Today May Keep Disease Away

Autumn has arrived in Kentucky, and it is time to focus on fruit, orchard, and vineyard sanitation. Good sanitation practices can help reduce disease-causing pathogens.  Good sanitation practices can help reduce disease-causing pathogens.  These organisms can survive for months or

Posted in Fruit

Limited Testing for Commercial Pesticide Applicators

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are fewer testing locations for persons needing certification as commercial applicators. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is offering testing in Frankfort and Gilbertsville in western Kentucky. At each location, testing is limited to nine individuals

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Risk Factors for Sclerotinia Crown &Stem Rot in Fall-seeded Alfalfa (PPFS-AG-F-02)

Alfalfa seeded during late summer or fall is susceptible to the destructive disease Sclerotinia crown and stem rot. Fall-seeded stands are particularly vulnerable to this disease because the young seedlings do not have sufficient time to develop adequate resistance before infectious spores

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

Landscape Sanitation: Clean Up for Clean Plants

Autumn has arrived in Kentucky and, as leaves will soon begin to change color and fall from trees, it is time to focus on landscape sanitation. Good sanitation practices can help reduce disease-causing pathogens.  These organisms can survive for months

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs, Landscapes, Ornamentals

Crown Gall (PPFS-GEN-01)

Crown gall can affect a wide range of crops, including woody ornamentals, tree fruits, and small fruits.  Plants in commercial and residential plantings can suffer losses from this bacterial disease. This publication provides information on crown gall and its effect

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

Announcing the University of Kentucky 2020 Fall Crop Protection Webinar Series

The University of Kentucky has organized five webinars on field crop protection topics that will be hosted through the Southern Integrated Pest Management Center starting on November 10. These weekly webinars will cover topics such as new research on foliar

Posted in Announcements

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Expected to Invade Man-Made Structures in Western Kentucky this Fall

Status of the brown marmorated stink bug The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halymorpha halys, was detected in soybean fields in several counties of western Kentucky between August and September 2020. This insect is widely distributed and has been established

Posted in General Pests

Protect your Investments: Store Your Pesticides Properly During Winter

Pesticides aren’t cheap, so it is important to take care of them. Pesticides can become degraded or unusable during the winter months if not stored properly. Some pesticides can be degraded with extreme temperatures or high humidity. This can result

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Managing Diseases with Sanitation Practices

When diseases occur in commercial or residential plantings, it is often presumed that fungicides are the most important and effective disease management tools available.  However, a good sanitation program can help reduce the need for chemical controls and can improve

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos

Covid, Commercial Applicators CEUs, and EPA Opportunities

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with typical Continuing Education Units (CEU) opportunities, as well as testing for commercial applicators. Some meetings have been cancelled and others have gone on-line. For many, the on-line meetings provide opportunities to get CEU

Posted in Announcements

Tree Wounds – Invitations to Wood Decay Fungi

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 point of entry for wood decay pathogens. While other factors

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

How Dry Seasons Affect Woody Plants (ID-89)

Pattern, frequency, and amounts of rainfall are important components to plant health. During dry seasons and drought conditions, plants become stressed. Growth ceases, nutrient transport slows, and plants wilt as cells become water-deficient. Severe, long-term, or consecutive drought events may

Posted in Featured Pubs & Videos