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Considerations for Diagnosis of Ornamentals in the Landscape (PPFS-GEN-15)

Diagnosing landscape plant problems can be challenging. However, an assessment of the entire growing site may aid in the diagnostic process. This publication was designed to provide a starting point for determining possible causes behind various plant problems.  The step-by-step

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Southern Rust Management in a Dry Year

In a year that has had ups and downs for corn farmers, there is good news that corn disease pressure across the majority of the corn producing region of the state is very low. The organisms that cause disease prefer

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Cucurbit Mesotunnel Research Blog: How Details Matter

Dr. Dave Gonthier posted an article on the Cucurbit Mesotunnel Blog discussing how finer details may improve the success of this system. We have been researching improved conventional and organic control strategies for cucurbit pests and diseases for more than

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New Study Investigates Methods of Laundering to Remove Pesticide Residues on Clothes

The type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you wear when handling pesticides and during pesticide applications depends on the product label for the pesticides being used. After use of PPE, you should wash reusable PPE with soap and water for

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Foliar Fungicide Considerations for Soybean

As soybean fields in Kentucky approach the R3 (beginning pod) developmental stage, it generally is a time to consider an application of a foliar fungicide to protect against foliar diseases.  In areas of the state that have received frequent rainfall,

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EPA Extends Respiratory Protection Flexibility for Pesticide Handlers due to Covid-19

Earlier this month the EPA OPP extended the ‘Annual Fit Test’ option delay until September 30, 2021. This is due to limited availability of required respiratory protection and respirator fit testing.  These options are not a waiver of regulations or

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Greenhouse Sanitation (PPFS-GH-04)

Diseases are a major concern for greenhouse growers and can be a key limitation to profitable plant production.  Often, growers presume that fungicides are the most important disease management tool at their disposal. However, sanitation is extremely important in helping

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Update on Soybean Rust

Although soybean rust has not yet been observed in Kentucky this year, it is likely present in the state. Soybean rust was recently reported in southern Illinois (Union County, IL).  From all observations, the Kentucky soybean crop should be at

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2020 Insect Trap Counts

Trap counts for major insect pests are provided by the Kentucky IPM Program. Traps are located at the UK Research and Education Center in western Kentucky and the UK Spindletop Farm in Lexington.  Below are trap counts for the current

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Emerging Virus Threat to Greenhouse Tomato and Pepper Production

Within the last several days, USDA has issued new guidance on an emerging viral disease of tomato and pepper (link).   Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) is a new tobamovirus (in the tobacco mosaic virus family) first documented in Israel

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Soybean Cyst Nematode: A Potential Problem for Nurseries (ID-110)

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is a serious disease pest of soybean in Kentucky.  However, SCN also creates problems for field production nurseries when soils in ball-and-burlapped plants contain this nematode.  Some states will not allow nursery stock to be imported

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EPA Proposes an Update to the WPS Application Exclusion Zone Regulations

The EPA has proposed changes to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) pesticide Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ) requirements. The changes would improve enforcement and simplify requirements for pesticide applicators on farms in complying with AEZ regulations. The Application Exclusion Zone requirement,

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2018 Insect Trap Counts

Trap counts for major insect pests are provided by the Kentucky IPM Program. Traps are located at the UK Research and Education Center in western Kentucky and the UK Spindletop Farm in Lexington.  Below are trap counts for the current

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