Blog Archives

White Peach Scale

The white peach scale is increasingly more common as a pest of fruit and landscape trees. The waxy round coverings that protect overwintering females of this armored scale have orange to yellow centers that appear like tiny fired eggs. Scale

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Avoiding Pesticide Drift Is the Applicator’s Responsibility

Language and restrictions regarding pesticide drift vary among products, but all put the responsibility clearly with the applicator. One insecticide label states: Only apply this product if the wind direction favors on-target deposition. Do not apply when the wind velocity

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Spray Equipment Cleanup Saves Time and Money

Time spent in sprayer cleanup can reduce maintenance downtime and even cause costly crop injury. If you will be applying the same product the next day, then flushing the system with water may be sufficient. That will wash out accumulations

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Featured Publication

Managing Diseases of Herbaceous Ornamentals (PPFS-OR-H-01) Herbaceous landscape ornamentals can succumb to various adverse factors, including infectious and non-infectious diseases.  Managing Diseases of Herbaceous Ornamentals provides suggestions for symptom recognition and management approaches to common problems of these crops in

Posted in Featured Publications

Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from field crops, fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. Recent diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included Lepto leaf spot on alfalfa; lance nematode

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

2017 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

Fire Blight Symptoms Now Visible

Fire blight is the most important disease of apple and pear in Kentucky. Symptoms have begun to appear throughout the Commonwealth; however, initial infections occurred at bloom. The pathogen survives winter in dead, dying, and diseased wood and in cankers.

Posted in Fruit