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Clean Up High Tunnels Now to Reduce Veggie Disease Next Year

Numerous important pathogens of vegetables can overwinter more effectively in greenhouses and high tunnels, as compared to field environments. These include pathogens that cause foliar diseases like leaf mold, gray mold, and powdery mildews. In addition, soilborne pathogens, like root

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Disrupt Vegetable Pests with Prompt Fall Sanitation

Although the weather this summer feels like we are moving from summer back into summer, the first frosts of fall are approaching, and production for many vegetable fields has run its course. Producers are wrapping up their field season, and

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Gummy Stem Blight of Cucurbits Can Be a Sticky Situation

Commercial producers and homeowners who grow cucurbits, such as cantaloupe, watermelon and cucumber, could suffer heavy losses from gummy stem blight. This disease is caused by the fungus Didymella bryoniae, which can infect leaves, stems, and vines at all plant

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Central Kentucky Vining Vegetables at-Risk for Cucurbit Downy Mildew

Downy mildew was confirmed on cucumber from South-Central Kentucky on August 19, 2019. Cucurbit growers located between Interstates 75 and 65 should strongly consider making a fungicide application before the next rainfall to reduce the potential damage from downy mildew.

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Web-based Disease Monitoring Resources for Vegetable Growers

Cucurbits and tomatoes are among the most widely grown vegetables in Kentucky, but as many experienced growers can tell you, nothing can bring an untimely end to the season quite like cucurbit downy mildew (Figure 1) or late blight (Figure

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Leaf-footed Bugs becoming More Common in Vegetables

Similar to stink bugs, leaf-footed bugs are becoming common late-season pests of tomatoes, green beans, and peppers. They are true bugs and feed with piercing sucking mouthparts on the fruiting portion of plants.  The adults produce damage very similar to

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: A New Pest of Sweet Corn

As the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) increases in numbers in Central and Western Kentucky, we will see it attacking various crops. Sweet corn is one crop that it can build to high numbers on, while also inflicting serious injury.

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