Monthly Archives: November 2021

How Poinsettia Diseases Can Ruin the Holiday

Poinsettia are holiday decorations in public and personal spaces. No holiday décor is complete without at least one. However, numerous plant diseases can act as a Grinch to steal holiday cheer. Proper plant selection and maintenance are important for a

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Does Your Christmas Tree have Bugs?

If your household celebrates Christmas, and if you prefer to use a natural tree to do so, you may end up bringing in more than just a beautiful evergreen. Firs, pines, and spruces can all harbor a multitude of arthropods

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Hope for the Best, But….Have an Applicator’s Pesticide First Aid Kit Handy

For many, applying pesticides can be a routine task. You go through the steps of donning PPE, checking equipment, measuring out pesticides and water, making the actual application, cleaning equipment and yourself, as well as notifying workers and recordkeeping. But

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Bacterial Leaf Scorch of Shade Trees (PPFS-OR-W-12)

Bacterial leaf scorch is a chronic, eventually fatal disease that has devastated many shade trees in Kentucky landscapes and street plantings since the 1980s. Since then, an increasingly large number of urban plantings and historic trees have been destroyed as

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Overwintering Asian Lady Beetles Might Extend their Fly Period in 2021

Situation I observed several clusters of more than 50 multicolored Asian lady beetles (Harmonia axyridis) per cluster in my garage (Figure 1). I left the garage door open for an entire day during the second week of November, and the

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Tree Wounds—Invitations to Wood Decay Fungi (PPFS-OR-W-01)

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 points of entry for decay pathogens. The UK Extension publication,

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New Study Investigates Methods of Laundering to Remove Pesticide Residues on Clothes

The type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you wear when handling pesticides and during pesticide applications depends on the product label for the pesticides being used. After use of PPE, you should wash reusable PPE with soap and water for

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Managing Greenhouse and High Tunnel Environments to Reduce Plant Diseases (PPFS-GH-01)

Greenhouse and high tunnel environments, which tend to be warm and humid, often create ideal situations for disease development. Because diseases can cause extensive damage, their management is essential to production of high quality, marketable products. While challenging, these environments

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Schedule for the University of Kentucky 2021 Fall Crop Protection Webinar Series Released

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 11. These weekly webinars will cover topics such as new research on foliar

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The Ragweed Weevil, a Harmless Visitor of Soybean Fields in Kentucky

Description During the last past 5 years, I have found a brownish weevil in soybean research plots at the University of Kentucky’s Research and Education Center at Princeton and in commercial soybean fields. These encounters occurred while I was scouting

Posted in Grains

Leave your Firewood Pests Out in the Cold!

Firewood can be a great fuel to warm your home now that the weather has turned more seasonal. Besides the warmth put off by the wood fire, there is also the enjoyment of a wood fire during winter months.  But

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Don’t Accidentally Invite Fungus Gnats In!

As we have had our first frosts in Kentucky, a lot of folks have been bringing their plants inside. While this is advisable to protect those tender leaves from freezing, it’s good to be aware that you could also unintentionally

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Botrytis Blight (PPFS-GEN-19)

Botrytis blight, often referred to as gray mold, is a common and potentially destructive disease that can infect and spread quickly in a wide range of hosts (Table 1). It frequently occurs in greenhouses since environmental conditions in these structures

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Protect Others, the Environment, and Your Investment by Storing Pesticides Properly

Pesticides are not cheap and represent a significant investment for many agricultural producers and others who use pesticides regularly. Generally, most pesticides are intended to have a 2 to 3 year storage life. Too much time in storage or poor

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Diplodia Ear Rot of Corn (PPFS-AG-C-05)

Diplodia ear rot of corn can reduce yield and grain quality by damaging kernels, lowering grain test weight, and reducing grain fill. Incidence of affected ears in the field can vary from 1 to 2 percent to as high as

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