Yearly Archives: 2022

Crown Gall (PPFS-GEN-01)

Beginning in autumn and extending through winter, the loss of foliage on deciduous woody plants makes it easier to identify the presence of crown gall. This disease can affect a wide range of crops, including woody ornamentals, tree fruits, and

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UK Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab – Sample Submission in 2023

The UK Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab (PDDL) staff have had a busy year of samples in 2022 and look forward to providing diagnostic resources to Extension personnel and stakeholders in 2023.  At present, our anticipated procedures for sample submission next

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Lettuce Drop Disease: Identification and Potential Management Options (video)

Sclerotinia lettuce drop is a cool season disease that commonly occurs in spring on lettuce.  Speaking within a high tunnel lettuce planting, Dr. Nicole Gauthier, University of Kentucky Vegetable Extension Plant Pathologist, explains common symptoms and signs for identifying lettuce

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EPA IPM Webinar: Integrated Pest Management for Restaurants

This webinar will focus on common challenges with pests in restaurants and kitchens, as well as sustainable strategies to prevent and control them. For restaurants, it is important to keep away pests that are looking for food, water, and shelter

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How Bugs Get Ready for Winter

As the season continues to cool, life outside is preparing for the cold. This includes the insects and spiders who must be able to survive exposure to freezing and sub-freezing temperatures. Insect development and survivorship is at the whim of

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Powdery Mildew of Cucurbits: Identification and Management (video)

Powdery mildew is a summer disease of cucurbits that can spread rapidly and result in plant death.  Standing in a high tunnel squash and zucchini variety trial, Dr. Nicole Gauthier, University of Kentucky Vegetable Extension Plant Pathologist, discusses this important

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Changes to CEU Requirements for Commercial Applicators in 2023

New laws and regulations governing the sale, use, and storage of pesticides, as well as changes to training and certification standards, were approved earlier this year and will be implemented in 2023.  This is the most significant change to the

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An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Pests of Solanaceous Crops in Kentucky (ID-172)

Scouting and monitoring crops to determine potential problems before they result in serious economic loss is key to the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. This IPM guide was designed to aid in the identification of common disorders encountered on solanaceous

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Preventing Fusarium in Post-Harvest Hemp (video)

Dr. Nicole Gauthier, University of Kentucky Plant Pathology Extension Specialist for Hemp, discusses the prevention of Fusarium spread in stored industrial hemp in this new video.  Standing in a soon-to-be harvested hemp field, Dr. Gauthier points out plants showing Fusarium

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Post Harvest Management of Acorn Squash (video)

Acorn squash is a winter squash that does not have the post-harvest storage life of other winter squashes. To determine best acorn squash storage practices, Dr. Rachel Rudolph, University of Kentucky Commercial Vegetable Extension Horticulturalist, and Dr. Nicole Gauthier, University

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Kentucky Crop Health Conference 2023 set for February 9

Mark your calendar for the 2023 Kentucky Crop Health Conference set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 9, 2023, at the National Corvette Museum conference room in Bowling Green, KY. Registration is required to attend the conference and is

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Avoid Post-harvest and Storage Molds: Fusarium Bud Blight and Head Blight Contamination in Stored Hemp

Fusarium head blight (FHB, also called scab in wheat and Gibberella ear rot in corn) is a serious disease of cereals and corn around the world. The disease also affects other cereal grains and grasses. Losses result from combinations of

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Fruit Diseases of Apple (PPFS-FR-T-02)

Apple fruit diseases can cause significant losses in yield and quality. Often, these diseases go unnoticed until just prior to harvest, during harvest, or after fruit has been stored. Although there are no curative treatments for infected fruit, many diseases

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EPA IPM Webinar: Identifying and Managing Toxic Plants

This webinar will focus on toxic plants in the carrot family (Apiaceae – giant hogweed, wild and cow parsnip, poison and spotted water hemlock) and how they compare to a nontoxic family member (Queen Anne’s lace). Sap from these toxic

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Know the Endangered/Threatened Species in Your Area

Across Kentucky and the United States, there is a patchwork of counties that are home to various endangered and threatened species. Some may be listed as species under ‘consideration,’ such as the monarch butterfly, or those that are in ‘recovery.’

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