Pollinator Protection: Hazard versus Risk

Pollinator protection has received a lot of national attention due to decline of honey bees and other wild pollinators. The causes of this are still being studied, but parasites, pathogens, nutrition, genetics, and pesticides all play a role in these

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Corn—Diplodia Leaf Streak (PPFS-AG-C-08)

Diplodia leaf streak is a corn disease that has become more prevalent in Kentucky in recent years. It is commonly observed in fields in western Kentucky. This publication describes the symptoms and cause of disease, conditions that favor disease development,

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Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from field crops, fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. Diagnostic samples of agronomic crops have included gray leaf spot, southern rust, and poor pollination

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2018 Insect Trap Counts

Trap counts for major insect pests are provided by the Kentucky IPM Program. Traps are located at the UK Research and Education Center in western Kentucky and the UK Spindletop Farm in Lexington.  Below are trap counts for the current

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Armillaria Root Rot – A Threat to Stressed Landscape Trees

Tree stress can come from numerous factors, including weather, mechanical damage, insects, or poor growing conditions. These stresses make plants more susceptible to the plant disease Armillaria root rot. This fungal disease is also known as shoestring root rot, mushroom

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Late Season Sights

Signs and symptoms of insect activity are evident now. Only a few situations may warrant action before winter. However, recognizing important chronic pests allows you to develop long range management plans. Sawflies Pine sawflies can cause significant defoliation during the

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Scolia dubia Swarming Lawns

There have been quite a few reports last week of people with concern over wasp activity on lawns. The wasp of concern is Scoila dubia. It doesn’t have a common name but ‘grub hunter’ would describe its role. Many people

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