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Beginning Farmer High Tunnel Production Basics

Join University of Kentucky Extension Specialists for a two-part webinar series followed by an in-person training. Webinars Webinar 1 will be presented by UK Extension Specialists Rachel Rudolph and Jonathan Larson on March 23 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Eastern

Posted in Announcements, Greenhouses/High Tunnels

2023 Corn & Soybean Fungicide Efficacy Guides Now Available

The 2023 fungicide efficacy tables for foliar diseases of corn and soybean, and for soybean seedling diseases have been updated, and are now available through the Crop Protection Network website. These tables are updated annually based on data provided by

Posted in Grains

Don’t Get Burned by Fire Blight

Fire blight is an important disease of apple, crabapple, pear, and flowering pear in Kentucky. Symptoms are often not observed until late spring or early summer; however, initial infections occur at bloom. The pathogen survives winter in dead, dying, and

Posted in Fruit

Transplant Shock: Disease or Cultural Problem (PPFS-OR-W-19)

Trees and shrubs that are re-located from one growing site to another (e.g., from nursery to landscape) endure stress. If care is taken to minimize stress through proper transplanting techniques and maintenance, plants are likely to recover rapidly and become

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2023 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

Tomato Grafting Workshops

Spots are still available for both sessions. Register today! Join University of Kentucky Extension Vegetable Specialist Dr. Rachel Rudolph as she shares information about grafted tomatoes, including considerations to help decide if grafting is right for your farm and results

Posted in Announcements, Vegetables

EPA IPM Webinar: Spotted Lanternfly – Update and Next Steps

The highly invasive spotted lanternfly is a pest of concern for both ornamental plants and agriculture. This voracious leafhopper is migrating from its original infestation area in Pennsylvania toward Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia, damaging trees, ornamental plants,

Posted in Announcements

Peach Leaf Curl

Peach leaf curl results in disfigured leaves during spring and summer; twigs and fruit may also become infected. Successful management of peach leaf curl begins in fall or early spring, even though symptoms are not seen until leaves emerge. Peach

Posted in Fruit

Peach Leaf Curl and Plum Pockets (PPFS-FR-T-01)

Peach leaf curl occurs annually in commercial and residential orchards throughout Kentucky.  The disease causes severe defoliation, weakens trees, and reduces fruit quality, fruit set, and yield.  Peaches, apricots, and nectarines are susceptible to peach leaf curl.  Plum pockets is

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2023 IPM Training School

This is a reminder that this year’s Integrated Pest Management School meeting will take place at the McCracken County Extension Office, Paducah on March 8.  Virtual attendees can access the meeting through Zoom, virtual and in-person audiences require registration via

Posted in Announcements

Scout for Aphids Before Conducting an Early Spray in Winter Wheat

Aphids in Wheat The bird cherry oat (Rhopalosiphum padi), English grain (Sitobion avenae), greenbug (Schizaphis graminum), and corn leaf (Rhopalosiphum maidis) aphids are key pest species in small grains (wheat, barley, and cereal rye) in Kentucky for their role as

Posted in Grains

Preemergence Herbicides for Kentucky Lawns (AGR-272)

Herbicides are used to control unwanted plants in many different locations. In turfgrass, several herbicides are used to control weeds before they germinate and begin to grow. These are called “preemergence herbicides” and are commonly sold as “weed preventers.” They

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Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights have been compiled from samples submitted to the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory from February 1 to February 28, 2023.  Rodent injury was diagnosed on forage fescue.  On greenhouse vegetables and ornamental crops,

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

Critical time to Begin Sampling for Alfalfa Weevil

The University of Kentucky Ag Weather Center’s degree day model for alfalfa weevil indicates that many counties in Kentucky are likely to exceed the 190 Degree Days (DD) used as a starting point to begin scouting by early to mid-March.

Posted in Forages

Commercial Growers Vegetable Alert Listserv

Commercial vegetable growers can subscribe to the Veggie Alert Listserv. This e-mail distribution list allows growers to receive the most up-to-date information and notifications from University of Kentucky specialists. To subscribe to the listserv, go to this link, and enter

Posted in Announcements, Vegetables