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Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter Issue#6

​Welcome to another issue of the Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter – a special publication on pest management and sustainable agriculture. Topics in this... more

Winter and Spring Freeze Injury in Fruit Crops

By Mike Reeves, REA Commercial Horticulture … North Alabama fruit crops can be damaged... more

The best test for potting mixes

A.U. Soil Testing Laboratory is encountering more and more gardeners (yes, some … Master... more

Damage caused to peach trees during the freeze on March 26, 2014

The purpose of the video is to show how to evaluate the freeze damage done to peaches.  I thought it would... more

Planter Maintenance 101: An Important Step for High Yielding Crops

Success of the growing season starts on the front end with planting.  Seed costs continue to increase so peak performance... more

Blossom-End Rot in Tomatoes and Other Vegetables—Causes and Prevention

Tomato growers must take care to avoid … blossom-end rot (BER), a disorder that... more

High Tunnel Vegetable Production Meeting

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold a High Tunnel Vegetable Production Meeting Tuesday, March 25 from 9 a.m.... more

IPM Newsletter Issue 4

​‘Welcome to another issue of the Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter – a special publication on pest management and sustainable agriculture.... more

Not Your Grandfather’s Extension Program

 More people want to eat food grown locally. More people are seeing opportunities in starting small farms that produce vegetables... more

Southwest Water Deficits Could Be Southeast’s Gain

​Dr. Richard McNider has spent years studying how the U.S. Southwest … and parts... more


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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