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Warrior II with Zeon Technology® Approved for Control of Crane Flies in Alfalfa

In 2019, we reported that an alfalfa field was affected by crane flies in Muhlenberg County. Similar issues have been observed this year in the same field. Alfalfa plants showed signs of severe injuries to stems, foliage, and roots. A

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Begin Scouting Fields for Alfalfa Weevil

The UK Ag Weather Center’s degree day model for alfalfa weevil indicates that some counties in southern Kentucky have exceeded the 190DD used as a starting point to begin scouting. Other counties will exceed that total within the next few

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Don’t let This Weevil Eat Your Alfalfa Profits

The earliest field crop pest of the year is often the alfalfa weevil. While adults do some leaf notching, larvae (Figure 1) attack buds and developing leaves, reducing yield and quality of alfalfa. Last year, high numbers were observed in

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Tropical Soda Apple – An Invasive Plant Threat Found in Kentucky

Be on the lookout for an introduced invasive plant recently found in Kentucky.  A homeowner in Hopkinsville, Kentucky contacted the Christian county Extension Agent for Horticulture about a unique plant discovered in her home landscape area.  The plant identified as

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Watch for Fall Armyworm in Pastures

Fall armyworm is a recurring pest of pastures, and there have been several outbreaks in pastures the past few years. As we move into autumn, risk of fall armyworm moving into Kentucky from southern areas increases. Growers managing pastures should

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Fly Species that Thrive on Decomposing Organic Matter and Moist Environments Stand Out in the 2019 Planting Season in Different Crop Systems

Since mid-March until the beginning of May, reports, inquiries, and personal observations on the presence of several worms or flying insects that are becoming abundant on alfalfa, wheat and tobacco have caught my attention. All these fly species feed on

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Crane Fly Larvae Might Be on the Rise in Soggy Alfalfa Fields

Problem A sample of alfalfa plants from Muhlenberg County was submitted by Darrell Simpson (Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent in Muhlenberg, KY) to the Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Kentucky’s Research and Education Center in Princeton on

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