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Crop Production-Food, Fiber, Ornamentals, and Turf

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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of the critical stages of high nutrient demand for fruit trees are pollination, … ... more


generations back, almost every family had a home vegetable garden. The primary … reason... more


Location: Winfield Experiment Station, 171 Experiment Loop, Winfield, AL 35594 … Time: Thursday, April... more


​Small Fruit and Grape Workshop with Muscadine Pruning and Vineyard Trellis Installment Demonstration … ... more

Greenhouse Cooling: An Overview of Fan and Pad Systems

     The greenhouse environment can quickly become too hot for … healthy... more

​Don Ball Awarded 2015 Grasslander Award

Forage and Grassland Council awarded Dr. Don Ball, alumni professor in the … Department... more

Greenhouse and High Tunnel Cooling: Shading

 Greenhouses and high tunnels can become unbearable when the weather starts to get warm. High temperatures can stress crops, increasing... more

Vegetable Insect Pest Management Q&A

These are some common questions that were asked at vegetable IPM meetings completed recently. For details always consult Extension publications... more

The New Farm Bill, Crop Insurance and Conservation Compliance

​The 2014 Farm Bill has changed how fruit and vegetable producers qualify for crop insurance through the Farm Service Agency... more

2015 Peanut IPM Guide Now Available Online

The 2015 Peanut IPM Insect Control Guide (IPM-0360) is up on the ACES website. Visit the link below to explore.... 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