Planning a Vegetable Garden

As spring approaches, it is time to start planning for this year’s vegetable garden. There are many items to consider when planning a garden, including decisions that can directly impact the potential for disease. Here are few areas to consider

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Recommendations for Starting Disease-Free Vegetable Transplants

Many home gardeners and commercial growers have placed their seed orders or have last year’s saved seed safely tucked away. In the coming days or weeks, many growers will start those seeds in transplant trays. However, in some cases, seeds

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Tennessee Expands Imported Fire Ant Quarantine Northward to Kentucky Border

Recently, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture expanded the number of counties under Imported Fire Ant (IFA) quarantine.  This is significant for Kentucky as IFA is continuing to move northward and several of the newly quarantined counties are on the Kentucky

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USDA Clarifies Rules for Buying and Receiving Seeds and Plants from other Countries

Last year, there was quite the uproar as people reported shipments of unsolicited seeds arriving from other countries. This was the subject of a newsletter article in July 2020. Many dozens, if not hundreds, of these unwanted seed shipments were reported

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Strawberry Anthracnose Fruit & Crown Rot (PPFS-FR-S-05)

Anthracnose diseases can severely reduce plant stands and yields in commercial and residential strawberry plantings. Disease may develop on blossoms, fruit, petioles, runners (stolons), leaves, and crowns; however, it is most destructive when fruit and/or crowns are affected. This newly

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The UK Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory Needs Your Input!

The University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab (PDDL) is inviting you to take part in a survey of current and future PDDL services and policies. Although you may not get personal benefit from taking this survey, your responses may

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2021 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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Expanded Testing For Commercial Applicator Licenses

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has expanded the locations for persons to test for commercial and noncommercial applicator licenses. In addition to the Frankfort and Gilbertsville locations that have been the only testing locations during the pandemic, the KDA

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Drone Fungicide Applications in Corn (PPFS-AG-C-11)

Foliar fungicides are commonly applied to corn to manage foliar diseases, such as gray leaf spot. The most effective and beneficial time to make these applications is at tasseling/ early silking. Because of the height of corn at this growth

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2021 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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Seedling Diseases of Corn (PPFS-AG-C-02)

Corn seedling diseases are caused by several soil or seed-inhabiting fungi or fungus-like organisms (oomycetes) that are favored by cool, wet soil conditions during and after planting. Infected seeds may rot after germination, preventing emergence or causing plant collapse soon

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Transplant Shock: Disease or Cultural Problem? (PPFS-OR-W-19)

When trees and shrubs are moved from one growing site to another (e.g. from nursery to landscape), they endure stress. If care is taken to minimize stress through proper transplanting techniques and maintenance, plants are likely to recover rapidly and

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Damping-off of Vegetables and Herbaceous Ornamentals (PPFS-GEN-03)

Commercial growers and homeowners who grow their own transplants from seed should be mindful of damping-off, a disease that can cause seeds to fail to germinate, as well as the collapse of seedlings and young plants.  Damping-off can occur on

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Soybean Disease Webinars to Watch This Spring

Several Crop Protection Network (CPN) Webinars are scheduled for this spring to discuss important soybean disease issues. Martin Chilvers (Michigan State University Associate Professor of Plant Pathology), Carl Bradley (University of Kentucky Extension Professor of Plant Pathology), and Trey Price

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2021 IPM Training School

The 2021 IPM Training School-University of Kentucky will be livestreamed on March 10, 2021 via Zoom. The program will consist of a field crop session from 8:15 AM to 11:15 AM (CST) followed by a horticulture session in the afternoon

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