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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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Controlling Algae in Greenhouse Lettuce Production

 Hydroponic systems like raft culture (Photo 1) and NFT systems (Photo 2) can get messy fast.  This is especially true... more

High Tunnel and Fruit Production Meeting

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

Don't Pay for Nutrients that Are not Needed

 If you are going to fertilize a crop it is important … to perform... more

Small Fruit and Grape Workshop

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

​ Time to Monitor Your Berry Orchard for an Efficient Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Management

blackberries are getting close to ripening in Alabama, it is very important to monitor for SWD activity in ... more

Sugarcane aphids were found recently on Johnsongrass in Alabama

​Updated May 11, 2015: Sugarcane aphids have been found this spring on Johnsongrass in Alabama.  The week of May 4-8... more

If You Want to Grow Sorghum in 2015, Look for Sugarcane Aphid on Johnsongrass in Alabama Now!

Sugarcane aphid was first seen as a pest of sorghum in Alabama in 2014. It cost sorghum producers a lot... more

Update on Peach Rootstock Evaluations in Alabama

Eighteen Prunus rootstocks budded with ‘Redhaven’ peach were planted at 16 locations in North America in 2009. Fourteen of the... more

Peanut Rx App

Peanut Rx is a disease risk index that allows peanut growers in the SE to predict relative disease risk for... 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