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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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Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Bacterial Spot of Pepper

Kentucky vegetable growers should be on the lookout for bacterial spot of pepper this week. As the most common disease of pepper in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not actively using preventative practices will likely experience at least some bacterial spot.

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Watch for Spider Mites on Vegetables

As we move into the summer, keep in mind that hot and dry conditions can lead to some specific pest problems. Two-spotted spider mite (Figure 1) is a common pest of many vegetable crops during prolonged hot and dry periods.

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Make a Preventative Fungicide Application to Veggies This Week

Transplanted and early direct-seeded vegetable crops in the field should be receiving their first fungicide application this week, if growers haven’t started their spray program yet. A good early-season option is mancozeb tank-mixed with copper at the rates stated on

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Managing Aphids in High Tunnels and Greenhouses

One of the more common pest issues across a range of vegetable crops in greenhouses is aphid management. Vegetable production in protected environments is generally used to extend seasons and during these times of the year problems with aphids are

Posted in Greenhouses/High Tunnels, Vegetables