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Insect Control with Home Vegetables

A question many home vegetable gardeners might ask themselves is: Should I spray my vegetable crops to control insect pests?  In some years, it seems like pests appear almost out of nowhere and ruin the anticipated harvest. Particularly with rising

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Managing the Notorious Squash Bug

I get more questions about having to manage squash bug, a key pest of squash, gourds and pumpkins in Kentucky, than possibly any other insect pest of vegetables. While many of the questions occur in mid-summer when high populations of

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Managing Corn Earworm in Sweet Corn

Sweet corn is our most widely grown vegetable in Kentucky based on acreage. Locally-grown sweet corn is very popular and in some ways, the first local sweet corn of the year signals the start of summer. While many people look

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Predicting Future Solanaceous Crop Disease Risk Using Disease History

Past disease presence can indicate a risk for the same disease this year. Many pathogens overwinter on infected plant material or as pathogen survival structures. Poor sanitation practices can lead to an increased risk of these diseases in the upcoming

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Predicting Future Cucurbit Crop Disease Risk Using Disease History

Past disease presence can indicate a risk for the same disease this year. Many pathogens overwinter on infected plant material or as pathogen survival structures. Poor sanitation practices can lead to an increased risk of these diseases in the upcoming

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Predicting Future Legume Crop Disease Risk Using Disease History

Past disease presence can indicate a risk for the same disease this year. Many pathogens overwinter on infected plant material or as pathogen survival structures. Poor sanitation practices can lead to an increased risk of these diseases in the upcoming

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New Grower Resource: 2022 Commercial Vegetable Update Video Series

The 2022 Commercial Vegetable Update webinar was conducted on February 22, 2022. Sessions from this webinar were recorded and are now available online. These videos provide information for growers of all experience levels. The series includes presentations from specialists from

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Predicting Future Leafy Green Crop Disease Risk Using Disease History

Past disease presence can indicate a risk for the same disease this year. Many pathogens overwinter on infected plant material or as pathogen survival structures. Poor sanitation practices can lead to an increased risk of these diseases in the upcoming

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New Commercial Growers Vegetable Alert Listserv

Commercial vegetable growers can subscribe to the Veggie Alert Listserv. This e-mail distribution list allows growers to receive the most up-to-date information and notifications from University of Kentucky specialists. To subscribe to the listserv, enter your name, county, and email

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New Grower Resource: Tomato High Tunnel Production Video Series

The Tomato High Tunnel Production webinar was conducted on January 13, 2022. Sessions from this webinar were recorded and are now available online. These videos provide information for growers at all experience levels. This series includes presentations from specialists from

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Mesotunnel Research through the Current Cucurbit Podcast Series

Iowa State University, Cornell University, and the University of Kentucky have been conducting studies to improve the resilience of cucurbit crops to attack by insect, weeds, and diseases for both organic and conventional production. Part of this research has led

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The Other Common Late-Season Armyworm in Kentucky

While late summer and fall has been dominated by the fall armyworm, we still have to deal with another armyworm on several crops. Yellow-striped armyworm is a common pest of many vegetable crops in Kentucky including greens, tomatoes, peppers, beans,

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Harlequin Bugs Emerging

We have recently received multiple inquires with photos of odd looking insect eggs or nymphs just newly emerged from said eggs. Each of these have been pictures of the harlequin bug, a cousin to stink bugs that can be a

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Cucurbit Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a common disease of all cucurbits, such as cucumbers, squashes, pumpkins, and watermelons. This disease can occur in greenhouses, high tunnels, commercial fields, and home gardens. Cultural management practices can reduce losses from this disease.   Cucurbit

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Cucurbit Downy Mildew

Cucurbit downy mildew is the most economically important disease of cucurbits in Kentucky. All cucurbits, such as cucumber, cantaloupe, summer and winter squashes, pumpkin, and watermelon are susceptible. Cucurbit downy mildew affects plant leaves, and severe infections can result in

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