A report from the University of Kentucky Department of Agriculture estimates that over 1,200 acres of staked, vine-ripe tomatoes are produced across the state for local and national markets.  A publication from the Center for Crop Diversification points out that tomatoes are "one of the most popular fresh market vegetables grown commercially in Kentucky." 

Peppers are also grown in Kentucky, primarily for fresh market sales.  According to a publication from the Center for Crop Diversification, bell peppers were one of the top three fresh vegetables with acreage increases in Kentucky during the early 2000s.  Pepper acreage was estimated to be approximately 1,850 acres in 2000 and was valued at over $8M.  (https://ipmdata.ipmcenters.org).

Tobacco has, historically, been an extremely important agricultural commodity, although production has decreased in recent years.  Kentucky was #2 in tobacco production in the nation from 2015-2018, after North Carolina.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report, which was released recently, projects that burley tobacco growers in Kentucky will set 57,000 acres for harvest this year. 


      Egyptian Cottonworm                              Golden Twinspot Moth/Tomato Looper

2019 was the first year that we conducted a commodity survey in solanaceous crops.  We obtained permission from 16 growers across Kentucky to place pheromone traps in their fields.  The target moths were:  Silver Y Moth, Golden Twinspot Moth, Old World Bollworm, False Codling Moth, Tomato Leafminer, and Egyptian Cottonworm. 


  • Number of Fields Surveyed:  16
  • Counties Surveyed:  Boone, Bullitt, Caldwell, Campbell, Daviess, Fayette, Graves, Hardin, Hopkins, McCracken, Mercer, Nelson, Pulaski, Shelby, Taylor, Trigg
  • Number of Target Moth Pests Captured:  0