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Field Tobacco Abnormalities

Over the past several days, Extension specialists have been contacted by tobacco growers from several regions across Kentucky about spotting and yellowing symptoms of tobacco leaves (Figures 1, 2, 3). These contacts have been made in regard to field plantings

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Vegetable and Tobacco Diseases to Scout for: Botrytis Gray Mold

Kentucky growers, both of vegetables and tobacco, should be on the lookout for Botrytis gray mold. This disease may occur in the field under humid conditions, but is most common in greenhouses or high tunnels. Botrytis gray mold can also

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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

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Alternatives for Insect Control on Tobacco Transplants in Float Systems

Some tobacco transplant buyers have indicated that they will no longer permit any acephate applications to tobacco that they intend to purchase under contract. Acephate, sold as Orthene and under other generic brand names, is an older organophosphate insecticide and

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Bacterial Stalk Rot and Leaf Drop in Tobacco

In 2018, several tobacco crops were severely affected by bacterial stalk rot and leaf drop. This disease does not frequently occur in Kentucky tobacco, but it can result in over 50% leaf loss in the span of only a few

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Vegetable and Tobacco Diseases to Scout for: Botrytis Gray Mold

Kentucky vegetable and tobacco growers should be on the lookout for Botrytis gray mold. This disease may occur in fields under humid conditions, but it is most common in greenhouses and high tunnels. Botrytis gray mold can also affect numerous

Posted in Greenhouses/High Tunnels, Tobacco, Vegetables

Tobacco Floatbed Disease Management Reminders

Now that most tobacco trays have been seeded, some reminders on minimizing disease as seedlings size up for transplanting. Pythium Root Rot The most common disease occurring in float bed plants, Pythium root rot is managed with a combination of

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