The National Integrated Pest Management Network defines IPM as “a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks.” One of the key components of IPM is to continually scout and monitor crops to identify problems before they result in significant economic losses. Proper identification of pathogens and insect pests as well as nutritional and physiologic disorders and even herbicide drift is essential to determining the proper course of action. The pictures included in this guide represent some common pests or problems that growers may encounter during apple production in Kentucky. This manual is not all-inclusive, and growers may encounter a problem that is not included here. Please contact your county Extension service for assistance.
Ward Gauthier, Nicole; Bessin, Ricardo; Strang, John; Wright, Shawn; and Kaiser, Cheryl A., "An IPM Scouting Guide for Common Problems of Apple in Kentucky" (2014). Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications. Paper 167.