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New Resource: Apple Scout Website

The Extension publication, An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Problems of Apple in Kentucky, was first introduced in 2014 as an online/paper version. In order to improve access to this important scouting guide, a mobile website was developed. The Apple Scout

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Attention Fruit Growers – Has Spotted Wing Drosophila Impacted You?

If you grow fruit in Kentucky, we would like to know if you have been impacted by the spotted wing drosophila (SWD).  We would also like to know if you used the Facebook page SWDinKY or if you used traps

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Fruit, Orchard, and Vineyard Sanitation: Cleaning Up Today May Keep Disease Away

Autumn has arrived in Kentucky, and as the last of the fruit has been harvested, it is time to focus on fruit, orchard, and vineyard sanitation. Good sanitation practices can help reduce disease-causing pathogens.  These organisms can survive for months

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Sooty Blotch & Flyspeck Make for Ugly Apples

The time for apple harvest in Kentucky has arrived, bringing with it the possibility of less than perfect looking apples. Sooty blotch and/or flyspeck are one of many causes for blemished, ugly apples. The two fungal diseases occur together as

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Increased Threat of Brown Rot as a Result of Prolific Rainfall

Abundant rainfall and warm temperatures have been present in Kentucky over the past few weeks. These weather conditions can lead to an increase in the presence of brown rot on stone fruits (peach, cherry, plum, nectarine), which results in rotten,

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Phomopsis Twig Blight & Stem Canker of Blueberry

Phomopsis twig blight and stem canker is becoming more common in Kentucky blueberry. Stressed plants are more susceptible to this disease, and reports are often associated with fields that have a history of Phytophthora root rot or severe abiotic disorder

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Cedar-Hawthorn Rust

Cedar-hawthorn rust is a common disease of apple, crabapple, hawthorn, and ornamental pear in Kentucky; it also affects quince, mountain ash, pear, and serviceberry. Symptoms are beginning to appear across the state. The pathogen overwinters as galls on its alternate

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