October 27, 2020 | By: Katie Pratt
Lexington, Ky.

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists have organized a webinar series aimed at helping producers provide better protection for their grain crops.

The 2020 Fall Crop Protection webinars begin Nov. 10 on the video conferencing app Zoom and will focus on new and common threats to Kentucky corn, soybeans and wheat. The weekly webinars will occur at 10 a.m. EST on Tuesdays and are hosted through the Southern Integrated Pest Management Center.

Preregistration is required to attend each webinar. The webinar schedule and preregistration links are as follows:

  • Nov. 10- Kiersten Wise, extension plant pathologist. New ways to manage old diseases in corn. Wise’s presentation will focus on new research and technologies to manage foliar diseases like gray leaf spot and southern corn rust.  


  • Nov. 17- Carl Bradley, extension plant pathologist. What lies beneath: sudden death syndrome and the soybean cyst nematode. Bradley’s webinar will address links between sudden death syndrome and the soybean cyst nematode and ways to better manage both diseases.


  • Dec. 1- Raul Villanueva, extension entomologist and Zenaida Viloria, research analyst. Geographic expansion of the brown marmorated stink bug. The stink bug has expanded into Western Kentucky. Villanueva and Viloria will discuss insect trap counts and how this insect will impact Kentucky soybeans.


  • Dec. 8- J.D. Green, weed scientist. Selecting the right herbicide tolerant traits and applying the right herbicides at the right time. Weed control programs are now more complex. Green’s presentation will discuss the basic steps for establishing an effective program customized to each operator’s needs. 


  • Dec. 15- Travis Legleiter, weed scientist. Tackling the top 5 weeds of the Mid-South. Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, marestail, annual ryegrass and Johnsongrass are the five most troublesome weeds in grain crops in the region. Legleiter’s webinar will discuss chemical and cultural controls for each weed. 


Program organizers have applied for continuing education credits for pesticide applicators and Certified Crop Advisers.


Kiersten Wise, kiersten.wise@uky.edu

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