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Spotting the Right Spot:  Frogeye Leaf Spot vs. Phyllosticta Leaf Spot of Soybean

Phyllosticta leaf spot of soybean has been observed in a few fields in western Kentucky recently.  Although the economic risk of this disease is very low, its symptoms resemble those caused by frogeye leaf spot.  On susceptible soybean varieties, frogeye

Posted in Grains

Managing European Corn Borer on Non-GMO Corn

Many producers are growing non-GMO corn for niche markets, including distillery and food-grade uses.  Non-GMO corn is very susceptible to damage by European corn borer (ECB) and needs to be scouted periodically during ECB first and second generations. Generally, corn

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Evaluate Wheat Fields for Fusarium Head Blight (Head Scab) Prior to Harvest

Symptoms Symptoms of Fusarium head blight (head scab) are present in Kentucky wheat fields with varying levels of damage being reported.  Heads often are partially affected, with both healthy green and affected bleached areas being present in the same head

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Sugarcane Beetle Reported Feeding on Seedling Corn

Problem A farmer in Butler County KY observed a corn field that seedlings were being severely damaged and there was a heavy reduction in the number of stands (Figure 1). Inspection of plants showed entrance holes in the stalk just

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Damage by Stink Bugs Observed in Seedling Corn

Problem on Corn Seedling corn presenting feeding injures caused by stink bug have been observed in commercial and research plots in western Kentucky. In a small replicate corn field test where seedlings were not more than 7 days emerged showed

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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

Posted in Forages, Grains, Tobacco

Considerations for Fungicide Management of Fusarium Head Blight (Scab) of Wheat

Wheat fields are beginning to flower in western Kentucky.  Flowering (anthesis) is a critical time, as wheat becomes susceptible to infection by Fusarium graminearum, the causal agent of Fusarium head blight (FHB; also known as scab) (Figure 1). This disease can cause

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