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Spider Mites Active on Vegetables

The hot, dry conditions we experienced earlier this month have brought on two-spotted spider mite problems in some areas. Unlike many insect problems, we are alerted to mite infestations by the symptoms of their damage rather than seeing the mites

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Controlling Corn Earworm on Sweet Corn

One of the more challenging crops to keep insect-free is sweet corn, especially with later plantings that ripen after early August. The key pest is corn earworm, which remains hidden in the tip of the ear until the ear is

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Late-Season Pests of Tomatoes

There is little that compares to the flavor of a vine-ripened tomato. But insect damage to the fruit will definitely reduce the experience. Two groups of late-season pests are common and frequently need to be managed. The first group is

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Mexican Bean Beetle, Not Just a Lady Beetle

There have been several reports of Mexican bean beetle attacking green beans. This insect is a bit unusual in that it is in the lady beetle family, which we usually associate with insects that feed on other insects. However, this

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Cucurbit Powdery Mildew Taking Off in Kentucky

Reports of powdery mildew have increased rapidly in cucurbit crops in the past 2 weeks. Powdery mildew is a common disease of all cucurbits that usually appears first near the middle of the growing season. The disease occurs in greenhouses

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Monitor Bt Sweet Corn for Corn Earworm

Corn earworm, Heliocoverpa zea (Boddie), is the key insect pest in Kentucky attacking the kernels on tips of corn ears (Figure 1). Even low levels of infestation can be problematic since damage is concealed until the husk leaves are removed

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Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) has caused more problems than usual this year, particularly in high tunnel tomato. This disease can affect tomato, pepper, potato, eggplant, lettuce, beans, and cucumber along with more than 170 other plant species. TSWV may

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