Yearly Archives: 2020

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Management of Soybean Cyst Nematode Starts with Soil Sampling this Fall or Spring

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) (Figure 1) causes greater annual yield losses in Kentucky than any other pathogen of soybean.  The last time a formal survey was conducted by the University of Kentucky in 2006 and 2007, approximately 76% of soybean

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Bacterial Wilt of Cucurbits – Quick Facts (PPFS-VG-11 QF)

Bacterial wilt is a common, often destructive, disease of cucurbits. This disease can cause nearly complete losses of a planting before the first harvest. Bacterial wilt primarily affects cucumber and muskmelon (cantaloupe). While squash and pumpkin are also susceptible, the

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The Crop Protection Network Needs Your Input!

The University of Kentucky is a partner in the Crop Protection Network (CPN), which develops tools to help farmers, ag industry, and researchers with crop protection decisions. The CPN is a partnership of university Extension specialists across the United States

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Colonization of Western Kentucky by Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Status of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Kentucky Halymorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) known as brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), is a polyphagous invasive species of Asian origin that feeds on more than 100 plant species in the U.S. Initially,

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Predatory Stink Bug Detected in Western Kentucky

A nice good-looking stink bug was observed in western Kentucky on several occasions during mid-July and mid-August this year. Euthyrhynchus floridanus (Pentatomidae) (Figure 1), known as the Florida predatory stink bug, has been previously detected in Kentucky and several northern

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A Profile of Commercial Apple Production in Kentucky

Apple production in Kentucky is small, from less than 1 acre to just over 40 acres, yet profitable. Cash value of Kentucky apple production is valued at $24.4 million to $40.6 million per year. Apple orchards are distributed throughout Kentucky,

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2020 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

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Update on Soybean Rust

Although soybean rust has not yet been observed in Kentucky this year, it is likely present in the state. Soybean rust was recently reported in southern Illinois (Union County, IL).  From all observations, the Kentucky soybean crop should be at

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