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Fire Blight Symptoms Now Visible

Fire blight is the most important disease of apple and pear in Kentucky. Symptoms have begun to appear throughout the Commonwealth; however, initial infections occurred at bloom. The pathogen survives winter in dead, dying, and diseased wood and in cankers.

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Peach Leaf Curling and Crinkling:  Fungal Disease with a Sense of Humor

Symptoms of peach leaf curl have been reported on residential peach trees throughout Kentucky. The disease results in disfigured leaves during spring and summer; twigs and fruit may also become infected. Once symptoms have developed fungicides are not effective. Successful

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Active Early This Year

Last week on May 1, we captured our first spotted wing drosophila (SWD) detected in Fayette County. This was a single male and its occurrence is quite a bit earlier than previous years. Over the 5 years of trapping this

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Fire Blight Alert and Risk Map Overview

Apple trees are blooming throughout the Commonwealth. Infection by the fire blight bacterium occurs during bloom, thus, protectant antibiotics should be applied when risk is high. Risk for infection can be assessed using the Fire Blight Disease Prediction Model. Growers

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Fire Blight Alert and Risk Map Overview

Apple trees are blooming throughout the Commonwealth. Infection by the fire blight bacterium occurs during bloom, thus, protectant antibiotics should be applied when risk is high. Risk for infection can be assessed using the Fire Blight Disease Prediction Model. Growers

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Fire Blight Alert and Risk Map Overview

Apple trees are blooming throughout the Commonwealth. Infection by the fire blight bacterium occurs during bloom, thus, protectant antibiotics should be applied when risk is high. Risk for infection can be assessed using the Fire Blight Disease Prediction Model. Growers

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Fire Blight Alert and Risk Map Overview

Apple trees are approaching bloom and many pear are in full bloom, especially in southwestern Kentucky. Infection by the fire blight bacterium occurs during bloom, thus, protectant antibiotics should be applied when risk is high. Risk for infection can be

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