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University of Kentucky 2022 Fall IPM Vegetable Field Day

Join University of Kentucky Extension Vegetable Specialists for an in-person and virtual field day on October 13, 2022 from 11 AM to 2 PM EST. Learn about the ongoing research at the Horticulture Research Farm and how the information gained

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New Grower Resource: Summer 2022 IPM Vegetable Virtual Field Day Video Series

The Summer 2022 IPM Vegetable Virtual Field Day was conducted on July 26, 2022. Sessions from this event were recorded and are now available online. These videos provide information for growers of all experience levels. This series includes presentations from

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Cucurbit Downy Mildew Confirmed in Kentucky

On August 16, 2022 cucurbit downy mildew was confirmed on cucumber in south-central Kentucky. Cucurbit downy mildew has also been reported in neighboring states Tennessee and Ohio.  Disease is likely widespread across the area. Hosts & Symptoms Cucurbit downy mildew

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Corn Earworm Moth Activity Increasing in Central Kentucky

For the past 3 weeks, corn earworm moth counts in pheromone traps have been increasing in Central Kentucky. Corn earworm can be a serious pest of a number of crops, including, but not limited to, sweet corn, hemp, tomatoes (a.k.a.

Posted in Grains, Vegetables

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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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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Insect & Mite Pests during Hot, Dry Weather

While this seems to be a typical year for many of our vegetable pests, there are three groups of arthropod pests that are more common with hot dry weather: spider mites, whiteflies, and thrips. For each of these pests, it

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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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