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Biological Pest Management in Kentucky High Tunnel / Greenhouse Tomato Production Systems

Kentucky producers of tomatoes in high tunnel or greenhouse production systems manage several key arthropod pests to maximize their yields and profits.  An environmentally and economically sound management system for these pests is based on the following components: Sanitation and

Posted in Greenhouses/High Tunnels, Vegetables

Cucurbit Downy Mildew Fungicide Sensitivity Update

Cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) 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 to this water mold (fungus-like organism/oomycete) pathogen. Since the CDM pathogen

Posted in Vegetables

Eastern and East-Central Kentucky Vining Vegetables at-Risk For Cucurbit Downy Mildew

In areas east of I-65 in Kentucky, cucurbit crops are at risk for downy mildew disease development. Crops that are especially in need of systemic fungicide management to ensure adequate yields include winter squash, gourds, and pumpkins intended for September

Posted in Vegetables

Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Early Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot

Kentucky vegetable growers, as well as gardeners, will likely be seeing early blight and Septoria leaf spot of tomato in their plantings at this time. As the most common diseases of tomato in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not on a

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Garden Fleahopper Often Misidentified

Garden fleahopper is a common insect found on various vegetables, weeds, and ornamental plants. Because of their size, shape and their ability to jump when disturbed, fleahoppers are often mistaken for flea beetles. Plant Damage Garden fleahoppers are plant bugs

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Cucurbit Downy Mildew Fungicide Sensitivity Research and Extension Project

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 to this water mold (fungal-like organism/oomycete) pathogen (Figure 1). Since cucurbit downy

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Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Cucurbit Powdery Mildew

Early reports of powdery mildew on cucurbit crops are beginning to come in from Kentucky locations this week, so systemic fungicides should be incorporated into spray programs now for most effective disease management. Powdery mildew is a common disease of

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