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Damping-off of Vegetables and Herbaceous Ornamentals (PPFS-GEN-03)

Commercial growers and homeowners who grow their own transplants from seed should be mindful of damping-off, a disease that can cause seeds to fail to germinate, as well as the collapse of seedlings and young plants.  Damping-off can occur on

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Soybean Disease Webinars to Watch This Spring

Several Crop Protection Network (CPN) Webinars are scheduled for this spring to discuss important soybean disease issues. Martin Chilvers (Michigan State University Associate Professor of Plant Pathology), Carl Bradley (University of Kentucky Extension Professor of Plant Pathology), and Trey Price

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2021 IPM Training School

The 2021 IPM Training School-University of Kentucky will be livestreamed on March 10, 2021 via Zoom. The program will consist of a field crop session from 8:15 AM to 11:15 AM (CST) followed by a horticulture session in the afternoon

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Northern Corn Leaf Blight (PPFS-AG-C-10)

Northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) is a significant foliar corn disease in Kentucky. It has been causing damage in the United States Corn Belt since the early 1900s, but has increased in severity and prevalence throughout the U.S., including Kentucky.

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Pollinator Art Contest for Kids

The Kentucky State Apiarist is coordinating an art contest for kids 5 to 18 years old. There are three different age divisions; 5 to 8, 9 to 11, and 12 to 18 years old and gift cards for 1st, 2nd,

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Managing Spring Dead Spot in Bermudagrass (PPFS-OR-T-13)

Spring dead spot is the most destructive disease of bermudagrass in Kentucky. While this disease can occur regardless of how turf is managed, the most serious outbreaks occur under high maintenance conditions (e.g. high nitrogen fertility, low mowing height, and

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Wicked Whiteflies

As the name whitefly suggests, they are white, and they do fly, but they aren’t technically flies! Whiteflies are closely related to aphids, cicadas, and scale insects–the true bugs, or Hemipterans–not flies. These tiny pests are usually around 1/16 to

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Fourth Annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month – February 2021

February is National Pesticide Safety Education month. This is a time to reinforce the core principles of safe and responsible pesticide use with many audiences. Pesticides are key tools used to manage a diverse group of pests, diseases, and weeds.

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Requirements for Paraquat Training have been Updated

Effective December 31, 2020, new regulations mandate that any paraquat products under 120 gallons distributed or sold by paraquat registrants require a closed system. This also means that the new requirements do not allow for jar testing when testing for

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Sooty Blotch & Flyspeck of Apple (PPFS-FR-T-16)

Sooty blotch and flyspeck (SBFS) were once thought to be two separate diseases, but research has shown that they are a single complex of as many as 100 different fungal species.  SBFS commonly appears in late summer and results in

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MO-KY Soybean Cyst Nematode Webinar Series Coming in February

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the most damaging pathogen of soybean in Kentucky and across the U.S.  This pathogen can cause yield losses even though no above-ground symptoms may be apparent. A three-part webinar series conducted by Dr. Kaitlyn Bissonnette

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Fruit Rots of Cucurbits (PPFS-VG-07)

Fruit diseases can cause a complete loss of cucurbit yields in commercial fields, as well as in residential gardens. Affected crops in the Cucurbitaceae family include cucumber, muskmelon (cantaloupe), pumpkin, summer squash, winter squash, and watermelon.  The major diseases discussed

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Pesticide Training and Certification in Kentucky and Covid-19

Applying pesticides safely and effectively takes training and experience. Applying pesticides improperly can result in risks to one’s health, to food safety, and to the environment. From a regulatory perspective, pesticides are classified as either General Use Pesticides (GUP) or

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Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide 2021-2022 (ID-232)

The Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide 2021-2022 was developed by the Midwest Fruit Workers Group, which includes University of Kentucky Extension specialists from Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Horticulture, as well as specialists from twelve other universities. This publication was recently

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Rust Diseases of Brambles (PPFS-FR-S-06)

The three most important rust diseases occurring on brambles in Kentucky are cane and leaf rust, late rust, and orange rust. Distinguishing between these rust diseases is critical for proper management. This new publication discusses symptoms, signs, bramble hosts, causes,

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