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Apple Scout Website

The 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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Japanese Beetles Now Active

Last week, Dr. Dan Potter reported seeing adult Japanese beetles. This is the first report that I have received and signifies the start of the Japanese beetle season. High populations of Japanese beetle were observed in many locations in Kentucky

Posted in Fruit, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Orange Rust:  Non-Curable Disease in Brambles

Orange rust of brambles can be a concern for Kentucky blackberry and raspberry growers. The first symptoms are often noticed in early spring when newly formed shoots appear weak and spindly. Once infected, the pathogen spreads throughout the entire plant.

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Active in Parts of Western Kentucky

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) activity was confirmed with a positive sample from one western Kentucky county. This is an indication that growers of small fruit crops (including June raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry) should either trap to monitor activity in their

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Downy Mildew of Grape

Downy mildew is an important disease of commercial and backyard grapes in Kentucky. Warm, wet, humid weather conditions favor infection and disease development. When flowers, clusters, and shoots become infected by downy mildew, yield losses result. This disease may also

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Ornamental Pear Damaged by Fire Blight

During March or April, pathogenic bacteria infected flowers or young shoots. Now, shepherd’s crooks (Figure 1) and spur dieback (Figure 2) are becoming more prominent. Often, damage is not noticed until later in the season when branches die completely.  

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Cane Blight of Brambles

Cane blight occasionally impacts homegrown and commercial raspberries and blackberries in Kentucky. The disease causes lesions to develop on both primocanes (current-year canes) and floricanes (second-year or fruiting canes) and can result in reduced yield and cane death. Fungicides are

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