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Web-based Disease Monitoring Resources for Vegetable Growers

Cucumbers, melons, squash, and tomatoes are among the most widely grown vegetables in Kentucky, and as many experienced growers can tell you, nothing can bring an untimely end to the season quite like cucurbit downy mildew (Figure 1) or late

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Spider Mites Love Hot Weather

With the summer months just beginning (although this spring has felt like summer), producers need to keep in mind that hot and dry conditions can lead to some specific pest problems. Two-spotted spider mite is a common pest of many

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New Resource: Solanaceous Crops Scouting Guide Website

The publication An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Pests of Solanaceous Crops in Kentucky was first introduced in 2011 as an online PDF/paper version. In order to improve access to this important scouting guide, the Veggie Scout website was developed.

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Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Center Rot of Onion

Onion growers in Kentucky should have their eye out for bacterial rots of onion this week, particularly center rot of onion. Bacterial rots are common diseases of onions in Kentucky, and homeowners or commercial growers not actively using preventative practices

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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. 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. The disease

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Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Southern Blight

Southern blight, or basal stem rot as it is sometimes called, most commonly affects tomato, pepper, cucumbers, beans, and cabbage, but has a very wide host range and can infect many crops. The disease occurs in any system where plants

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After Hail: Steps to Help Mitigate Disease Problems in Vegetable Plantings

Hail is typically accompanied by driving rains and wind and can physically damage even the strongest plants. Depending on the extent, plants can usually recover from hail damage. However, these injuries may serve as sites of infection for various fungal

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