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Cannabis Aphid Found in Hemp Grown in Greenhouses in Western Kentucky

Problem The plant disease diagnostic lab at the University of Kentucky’s Research and Education Center in Princeton received a sample of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) in late January from a grower in Christian County. The plants were growing in a

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Last Year’s Tree Fruit Diseases Equal This Year’s Tree Fruit Disease Risk

Last year’s disease presence can help in evaluating this year’s disease risk. Many pathogens overwinter in Kentucky on infected plant material or as pathogen survival structures. Poor sanitation practices and lack of management can lead to overwintering of many pathogens. 

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Managing Greenhouse and High Tunnel Environments to Reduce Plant Diseases (PPFS-GH-01)

Greenhouse and high tunnel environments, which tend to be warm and humid, often create ideal situations for disease development. Because diseases can cause extensive damage, their management is essential to production of high quality, marketable products. While challenging, these environments

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2019 IPM Training School

The 2019 IPM Training School is scheduled for March 6 at the Christian County Extension Office, Hopkinsville. Seven UK specialists will be talking about weed control, pasture, cover crop, soil nitrogen cycle, corn and soybean diseases, scouting techniques, and soybean

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The Asiatic Garden Beetle is a Potential Pest for Kentucky’s Field Corn; It Might Cause Field Corn Losses in Southwest Michigan

Problem In a recent regional meeting of entomologists working in field crops, I learned of the increase abundance and attacks of the Asiatic garden beetle, Maladera castanea (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in corn fields in southwest Michigan, northwest Ohio, and Indiana in

Posted in Grains

Recommendations for Starting Disease-Free Vegetable Transplants

Many home gardeners and commercial growers have placed their seed orders or have the seeds saved from last year safely tucked away. In the coming months it will be time to start those seeds in transplant trays. However, many vegetable

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What’s Wrong with My Taxus? (ID-52)

Taxus (yew) is an evergreen shrub commonly found in Kentucky landscapes. Numerous conditions can cause these shrubs to exhibit yellowing and browning symptoms. Taxus troubles can be the result of diseases, insects, or adverse growing conditions. Pinpointing the specific cause

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