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Extension educators are striving to ensure that Alabama farmers remain competitive in a global farming economy even as they adopt safer, more environmentally sustainable production practices.

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Vegetable Insect Pest Scouting Report – August 3, 2015 (Alabama)

For statewide distribution maps of various insect pest species, visit https://sites.aces.edu/group/crops/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=90.   … We have detected plenty of caterpillar... more

Peanut Insect Pest Scouting Report – August 3, 2015 (Alabama)

​Headland and Brewton, AL – For statewide distribution maps of various insect pest species, visit https://sites.aces.edu/group/crops/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=90.  … ... more

Insect Pheromone trap catches across Alabama (peanut and vegetable crops) – August 3, 2015

​(Numbers are color coded to show relative activity of moths … using total trap... more

Insect Pheromone trap catches across Alabama – July 18, 2015

​(Numbers are color coded to show relative activity of moths … using total trap... more

Okra: A Unique Plant for the Deep South

Okra is a popular garden plant, … particularly in the Deep South and it... more

Alabama Peanut Insect Pest Scouting Report – July 18, 2015

​Headland and Brewton, AL – A detailed blog with statewide insect … activity report... more

Keep Scouting for Sugarcane Aphids, July 22, 2015

​Sugarcane aphid has been reported from all four corners of the state, and has exceeded the action threshold for treatment in... more

Alabama Vegetable Insect Pest Scouting Report – July 18, 2015

​A detailed blog with statewide insect activity report and maps is … Beet armyworm... more

Managing Pigweed in Late Season Soybeans

Due to the amount of rainfall we have had this season, glyphosate-resistant pigweed has become a bigger problem than usual... more

Good Spray Coverage is Essential for Controlling Sugarcane Aphids

Sugarcane aphid population densities have increased rapidly in Alabama sorghum fields during the first half of July.  The aphid has... more

Peach Orchard News   RSS

an example of the effect of 'rest breaking' product applied on January 29, 2002 to 'Cresthaven' peach tree

Peach and Strawberry Update

Noticed plum curculio (PC) larvae infested fruit had begun to drop from peach trees. I would estimate that fruit began... more

Cool Season Trap Crops Working

Good growth was obtained with many of the cool season trap crops such as wheat. Now that seed heads are... more

Rapid Increase in Activity

Last Thursday we captured our first plum curculio (PC) in an unmanaged peach orchard here at the office. From four... more

Activity Increases for Plants and Bugs

Peach orchards throughout Central Alabama are actively moving into full bloom. The bloom period will stretch over a longer period... more

Delayed Winter Weather, Helping?

Seems we are just now beginning to see winter weather. This is typically what happens when we have a warmer... more

Temperature Drops Not Lasting

We have continued to see short duration drops in temperatures followed by warmer and moist conditions. While the weather has... more

Mild Winter Temps Cause Concern

Fruit growers throughout Alabama and the southeast are getting concerned about the mild winter we are experiencing this year. Our... more

Peach Season Nearing End

Most growers in Central Alabama are getting really close to ending the 2011 peach season. Only a few varieties remain.... more

Farm, Home, and Wildlife Field Day

Rain did not stop the largest agricultural field day in Alabama this past Saturday. Over 700 people registered and more... more

Pest Alert For Fruit Producers

In 2008 the first detection of a new pest, spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii was found in Santa Cruz... more