Dogwood Anthracnose Spotted

Anthracnose of dogwood is a common problem in Kentucky. Symptoms on landscape and forest dogwoods often first appear during wet periods in late spring. If left unmanaged, the pathogen spreads, eventually resulting in plant death.  Selection of resistant varieties and

Posted in Forest Trees, Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Watch for Seedling Blights in Corn

The abnormally cool, wet spring has delayed planting across Kentucky.  Although farmers are understandably eager to begin planting corn, planting into cool, wet soils can increase the risk of seedling blight. Causes Seedling blights are caused by several soil- or

Posted in Grains

Be on the Lookout for Stripe Rust of Wheat

Stripe rust (Figure 1) was observed at a very low incidence in wheat research plots at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton (Caldwell County) late last week.  Also last week, stripe rust was detected in Gallatin

Posted in Grains

Blackleg of Potato

Potatoes are often one of the first crops planted into the vegetable garden. However, growers and gardeners alike should be on the lookout for blackleg disease. This disease can occur in both commercial and homegrown potatoes. “Seed” potatoes may be

Posted in Vegetables

Fire Blight Alert and Risk Map Overview

Many apple and pear trees are in bloom throughout Kentucky. Infection by the fire blight bacterium occurs during bloom, thus, protectant antibiotics should be applied when risk is high. Risk for infection can be assessed using the Fire Blight Disease

Posted in Fruit

Pesticides and Responsible Pollinator Protection

Pollinator protection has become a common phrase we frequently hear. Those of us working in agriculture recognize that honey bees and other pollinators are as much a part of agriculture as cattle and corn. Losses of honey bees since 2006

Posted in Pesticide Topics

Backyard Apple Disease and Pest Management Using Cultural Practices (PPFS-FR-T-21)

Backyard apple production requires a proactive approach to disease, insect, and weed management. Preventative management practices can help minimize pesticide use in home orchard settings.  This publication presents recommended cultural practices, along with chemical management strategies, for each apple growth

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