Yearly Archives: 2021

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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Twice Stabbed Stink Bug Observed in Maturing Hemp

While conducting studies in hemp at the University of Kentucky’s Spindletop Farm in Lexington, the twice stabbed sting bug (Cosmopepla lintneriana, formerly C. bimaculata) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) was observed in hemp grown for grain (Figure 1) during the first week of

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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

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Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers, 2022-2023 (ID-36)

The latest version of the UK Extension publication, Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers (ID-36) is now available for 2022 to 2023.  This comprehensive publication contains a wealth of information on all aspects of commercial vegetable production and pest management, from variety

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Soybean Seed Quality Issues Due to Fungal Infections

Although soybean yields have been pretty good this year so far, the seed quality of harvested soybeans has not been great in some fields.  Seed diseases have been prevalent in areas that have received a lot of rain since harvest

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Difficulties in Diagnosing Diseases of Mature Soybean Plants

After soybean plants have matured in the field, many organisms begin to grow and colonize these plants.  Rainy weather often promotes growth of and colonization by these organisms.  The longer that plants have been sitting in a field after they

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Spreading of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Across West and Central Kentucky: Distribution and Trends

Stink bugs in Kentucky Every year, soybean farmers in Kentucky usually face the attacks of two common stink bugs: the green stink bug (Chinavia hilaris) and the complex of brown stink bugs(Euschistus spp.–i.e., E. variolarius, E. servus), and since 2010

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Blister Beetles Predatory Behavior Outweigh Their Feeding in Soybeans in Kentucky

Description Blister beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae) are known for the oily, caustic substance that protects them from predators: cantharidin. Cantharidin is a defensive substance that acts as a deterrent against ants or ground beetles and several species of spiders. In pastures,

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Practical Pest Preventive Practices for the Pantry

While people hate to find insects in their pantry, managing them should begin long before the pest is found. Pests in the pantry often mean that there are one or more stored food items that have become infested and, left

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Root-knot Nematode in Vegetable Cropping Systems (PPFS-VG-28; CCD-FS-22)

Root-knot nematodes are microscopic plant parasitic roundworms that reside in soil and infect plant roots.  Unmanaged populations can result in significant economic losses for growers due to decreased plant vigor and yield, followed by plant death.  Root-knot nematodes can infect

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Crazy Top of Corn (PPFS-AG-C-12)

Crazy top of corn is a disease that has been observed more frequently in Kentucky due to heavy and intense spring rains. Although some crazy top symptoms are distinct, other symptoms of this disease may not be as familiar and

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