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Apple Diseases

Kentucky apple growers are faced with numerous plant disease issues throughout growing seasons. These diseases limit grower profits by reducing yield and increasing input costs. Diseases of Greatest Concern to Growers While diseases of concern may vary from orchard to

Posted in Fruit

Green June Beetle–“The Other” White Grubs

Most fall problems with white grubs are due to root-feeding by Japanese beetles and/or masked chafer grubs. Severe damage results in irregular patches of rootless dead grass that can be pulled up like pieces of loose rug. In contrast, activity

Posted in Lawn & Turf

Crown Gall (PPFS-GEN-01)

Crown gall can affect a wide range of crops, including woody ornamentals, tree fruits, and small fruits.  Plants in commercial and residential plantings, such as landscapes, nurseries, orchards, and vineyards, can suffer losses from this bacterial disease. This recently released

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Japanese Rose of Sharon Moth Found Just North of Kentucky Border

Caterpillars of Rusicada privata (formally Anomis commoda) (Walker, 1865) have been observed in Scioto County, Ohio, approximately 5 aerial miles north of Greenup County, Kentucky. The species, known as the rose-of-sharon moth or hibiscus leaf caterpillar moth (Figure 1), is

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Problems of Strawberry in Kentucky (ID-238)  

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 problems encountered in strawberry

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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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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on the Move

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) numbers were higher in much of the Eastern half of the state this summer than other areas. With the start of fall, they have been gathering on the sides of buildings in the afternoons on

Posted in Household Pests