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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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Alabama Vegetable Insect Pest Scouting Report - June 29, 2015

​Caterpillar alert: A detailed blog with statewide insect activity … report and maps is... more

Insect Pheromone trap catches across Alabama (peanut/vegetable crops) – June 29, 2015

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

Alabama Peanut Insect Pest Scouting Report - June 29, 2015

​Headland and Brewton, AL – Beet and fall armyworm moth … activity continue to... more

Don't Spray Those Sugarcane Aphids Too Soon!

​Last week it was not hard to find sugarcane aphid in sorghum fields in central and south Alabama. About... more

​Small Fruit and Grape Meeting

You are invited to join experts from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and learn how to grow blueberries, blackberries, muscadines... more

Sugarcane Aphids Well Established on Sorghum in Central and SE Alabama, Already Sprayed in SW Alabama

​Just a quick update on last week's post, Sugarcane Aphid Found in Marengo and Baldwin Counties.  Last week, they were also found at subeconomic levels in a... more

IPM Strategies for Managing Sugarcane Aphid in Alabama Sorghum

This publication discusses a new key pest of sorghum called the sugarcane aphid. Tips on how to identify the aphid... more

Sugarcane Aphid Found on Grain Sorghum in Marengo and Baldwin Counties the Week of June 8, 2015

​Sugarcane aphids were found in a field of whorl-stage grain sorghum in Marengo County on June 11.  Fortunately they were... more

Thrips alert in peanuts – June 15, 2015

Headland, AL – Peanuts were scouted at the research station showed … heavy thrips... more

Insect Pheromone trap catches across Alabama (peanut/vegetable crops) – June 14, 2015

coded to show relative activity of moths using total trap catches for various … ... 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