Yearly Archives: 2022

EPA IPM Webinar: Excluding Pests from Schools

A first component of integrated pest management (IPM) is prevention. One of the tools available to prevent insects from becoming pests is the use of exclusion.  Pests know where to get into buildings – especially in gaps under doors and

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Tar Spot on Corn Confirmed In 2022

Tar spot on corn was confirmed by the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (PDDL) from samples collected in Lincoln County. This is our first confirmation of tar spot for 2022, after finding it in Ohio and Todd counties

Posted in Grains

The Best Management of Fusarium Head Blight of Wheat Starts with the Selection of Varieties with Resistance

The most consistent, problematic disease of wheat in Kentucky and the surrounding region is Fusarium head blight (FHB; also known as scab), caused by the fungus Fusarium graminearum (Figure 1).  This disease can cause reduced grain yield, test weight, and

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A New Pest for Soybeans Reported in Minnesota and Quebec, the Leafminer Macrosaccus morrisella

Reports in Soybean & Mine Description In Québec (Canada), white-colored blotch-type leaf mines have been observed in soybean fields since August 2016, whereas, in Minnesota (United States), leaf mines similar to those in Québec were observed in soybean fields in

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Pest-Proofing Your Home

Many pests seek refuge in homes and buildings in response to changes in weather, such as extended periods of rain or drought, or the onset of cool autumn temperatures. In response to these pest invasions, homeowners often apply liberal amounts

Posted in Household Pests

Expected Changes to the Private Pesticide Applicator Program in 2023

On December of 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final rule to improve pesticide applicator certification and training standards. Implementation of this plan has been plagued by delays, but a new plan for Kentucky has been reviewed and

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Leaf Spot Diseases of Cucurbits (PPFS-VG-10)

Alternaria leaf blight, angular leaf spot, and anthracnose are leaf spotting diseases that commonly affect cucurbit vegetables in Kentucky.  Each of these disease has its preferred host range in the cucurbit family (crops include cucumber, gourd, muskmelon, watermelon, summer squash,

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2022 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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Potential for Lodged Corn in 2022

Scouting reports across Kentucky have indicated that farmers need to be aware of potential lodging issues as corn harvest gets underway. Pockets of fields scouted across the state show pre-harvest lodging and/or stalk strength tests have indicated a high potential

Posted in Grains

Updates on the Sugarcane Aphid: A New Name, Insecticides for its Control, and Populations in 2022

New Name & Seasonal Update Since 2013, Melanaphis sacchari has been known as the sugarcane aphid; however, entomologist decided to change its name to sorghum aphid in view of the fact that sorghum is the main host of this pest.

Posted in Forages

The wasp Campoletis sonorensis Detected Parasitizing Corn Earworm in Hemp

The corn earworm (CEW), Helicoverpa zea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) is a key pest on hemp in the United States. Caterpillars actively feed on hemp flowers, fruit, and seeds; less commonly on leaves. Although this insect is considered to be of economic

Posted in Hemp

What Says the Wooly Bear about Winter?

Now that summer is winding down, things like pumpkin spice, Halloween costumes, and hoodies may start appearing. Conversations may also start to turn toward predictions regarding the upcoming winter. A quick Google search reveals that there seems to be a

Posted in Misc. Topics

Sampling for the Tall Fescue Endophyte in Pasture or Hay Stands (PPA-30)

Tall fescue growing in Kentucky can be colonized by the tall fescue endophyte, a fungus which causes disorders in livestock that feed on the infected grass. The first step to minimizing the impact of endophyte-infected grass on herd productivity is

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2022 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

Posted in Insect Trap Counts

Calculator for Stored Grain Capacity, Bin Sub-floor Volume and Wall and Grain Surface Areas

As corn and soybean harvests approach, stored grain managers on farms, elevators, and warehouses are preparing different types of structures for service. This may include applying approved insecticides or grain protectants to guard against damage caused by insects during storage.

Posted in Grains