Soybean Gall Midge: an Emergent Pest in the Midwest

Problem In Novemnber 2018, a new pest of soybeans was identified as Resseliella maxima (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) by Raymond Gagné and Junichi Yukawa, two leading taxonomists on midges from the USA and Japan, respectively. This is a new species that farmers

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Assessing and Utilizing UK Extension Resources for Commercial Fruit Production

The University of Kentucky Extension team has put together numerous resources for commercial fruit growers regarding production and pest management. However, many growers are not aware of the wide range of publications, newsletters, websites, and other resources that are available

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Bacterial Leaf Scorch Can Torch Landscape Trees

Kentucky’s landscapes are populated by many trees that are susceptible to bacterial leaf scorch. This disease may not kill trees instantly, but over time, it can have devastating effects. Pruning and reducing stress can prolong the life of infected trees;

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Insecticides Registered in Kentucky for Insects Affecting Commercial Hemp

Many insecticides utilized for specialty crops in Kentucky cannot be utilized in commercial hemp production growing systems because they have not been registered in Kentucky for use on the crop. However, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has a short

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Tj: The Samurai Wasp

Upon its accidental arrival in the U.S., as with most other invasive species, brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) numbers expanded quickly in the absence of natural enemies that it left behind in its native Asia. For a number of years,

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Bitter Rot of Apple (PPFS-FR-T-24)

Bitter rot is the most common fruit rot of apple in Kentucky. Trees in both commercial and residential plantings can suffer devastating losses. Growers consider bitter rot the most important fruit rot and the second most destructive disease in Kentucky

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2019 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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