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Common Diseases of Spruce in Kentucky (PPFS-OR-W-24)

Spruce trees, particularly blue spruce (Picea pungens) and Norway spruce (Picea abies), are popular landscape trees in Kentucky. Unfortunately, these trees present problems for homeowners when they show evidence of poor vigor, dieback, or needle drop.  This publication discusses the

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Management of Soybean Cyst Nematode Starts with Soil Sampling this Fall or Spring

The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) (Figure 1) causes greater annual yield losses in Kentucky than any other pathogen of soybean.  The last time a formal survey was conducted by the University of Kentucky in 2006 and 2007, approximately 76% of

Posted in Grains

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Managing Diseases with Proper Sanitation When diseases occur in commercial or residential plantings, it is often presumed that fungicides are the most important and effective disease management tools available.  However, a good sanitation program can help reduce the need for

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Biological Pest Management in Kentucky High Tunnel / Greenhouse Tomato Production Systems

Kentucky producers of tomatoes in high tunnel or greenhouse production systems manage several key arthropod pests to maximize their yields and profits.  An environmentally and economically sound management system for these pests is based on the following components: Sanitation and

Posted in Greenhouses/High Tunnels, Vegetables

Causes for Green Stem Syndrome in Soybeans are Still a Conundrum

Description of green stem syndrome in soybeans Green Stem Syndrome (GSS) is a condition where the stems of soybean plants remain green when the rest of the plant is senescing (normally stems, pods and seeds are brown and ready for

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Pesticide Use Best Management Practices for Homeowners

Pesticides for purchase at local stores or online to anyone are referred to as ‘General Use’ pesticides by the EPA. You do not need a license or certification to purchase and use these on your own property. Although these are

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Apple Production Practices and Pest Management

During the past 10 years, orchard practices in Kentucky have changed dramatically. Many of these practices contributed to conditions conducive for diseases and pests. Growers began to shift from traditional plant spacing to high density plantings, increasing tree stress and

Posted in Fruit