Creatures after the Rains

Frequent rains favor several arthropods that do well under humid or wet conditions. These include springtails, pillbugs, gnats, and millipedes. Springtails Springtails (small, wingless insects that hop, Figure 1) are among the most numerous soil arthropods. There are several species

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Boxwood Blight (PPFS-OR-W-20)

Boxwood blight is a disease of boxwood (Buxus spp.) that causes rapid defoliation and plant dieback. Plants are eventually weakened by repeated defoliation and dieback, and the resulting plant stress and consequent colonization by secondary invaders leads to plant death.

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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 summer black stem and potato leaf hopper injury

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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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Apple Bitter Rot Season is Upon Us

While fruit rots have a variety of causes, the most common fungal fruit rot of apple in Kentucky is bitter rot. The disease results in rotten, inedible fruit. Fungicides are available for management; however, sanitation is critical for disease prevention.

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Grass Buzzers – Green June Beetles, Blue-Winged Wasps, and Cicada Killers

Green June Beetle Bumble bee-like buzzing and ungainly flights are recognizable characteristics of green June beetle adults (Figure 1) as they patrol in search of mates and acceptable egg-laying sites. Swarms of beetles will fly over turf and pastures that

Posted in Lawn & Turf

Time for Preventive White Grub Control

Larvae of masked chafers and Japanese beetles are responsible for most of the root damage to turfgrass in Kentucky. They are flying now and rainfall provides easy burrowing for females entering the soil to lay their eggs. Soil moisture is

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