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Black Knot

Black knot is a common, often serious, disease of plums and cherries in Kentucky. Trees in both commercial and residential plantings are susceptible to the disease. Black knot results in knotty growths that, over time, encircle limbs and result in

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Peach Leaf Curl

It is time to implement measures to protect residential and commercial peach trees from peach leaf curl. This disease results in disfigured leaves during spring and summer; twigs and fruit may also become infected. Successful management of peach leaf curl

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Apple Diseases

Kentucky apple growers are faced with numerous plant disease issues throughout growing seasons. These diseases limit grower profits by reducing yield and increasing input costs. Diseases of Greatest Concern to Growers While diseases of concern may vary from orchard to

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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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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

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Strawberry Viruses

There are several virus diseases that can affect strawberry.  They occur rarely or infrequently, but transmission via imported cuttings can occur.  This fall, we have seen suspect viruses in planting stock. The viruses strawberry mottle virus (SMoV) and strawberry mild

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Apple Bitter Rot Season is Upon Us

We have been seeing bitter rot in Kentucky orchards since mid-June. The disease becomes more intense as the season progresses. While fruit rots have a variety of causes, the most common fungal fruit rot of apple in Kentucky is bitter

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