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As they struggle to remain profitable in a highly competitive global economy, farmers must find cost-effective, environmentally-friendly tools to keep insects, plant disease, and other pests at bay. Extension educators are helping farmers meet this challenge with the latest, research-backed tools and methods.

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Check Bermudagrass Forage for the Bermudagrass Stem Maggot, July 24, 2015

Damage from bermudagrass stem maggot was reported from Franklin and Cherokee Counties this week.  Damage had previously been reported from... more

​Fruit and Vegetable Growers Annual Conference and Tradeshow on November 19-20, 2015

The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association invites … you to an exciting and... more

It is Time to Look for Fall Armyworms in Pastures and Hayfields

This week cattlemen and extension agents  reported finding damaging populations of fall armyworm in hayfields in 4 counties: Pike, Calhoun,... 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 Peanut Insect Pest Scouting Report – July 18, 2015

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

Alabama Vegetable Insect Pest Scouting Report – July 18, 2015

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

Insect Pheromone trap catches across Alabama (peanut and vegetable crops) – July 18, 2015

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

Update on Sugarcane Aphids in Alabama, July 2, 2015

​Population densities of sugarcane aphid continued to increase in Alabama sorghum fields this past week.  Above threshold population densities have been... more


Alabama Pest Management Handbook, Vol. I

The Alabama Pest Management Handbook – Volume 1 contains recommendations for major row crops; small and stored grains; pastures and forage crops; commercial turfgrass; and noncropland. It was compiled by both current and former Extension entomologists, plant pathologists, weed scientists, and a pesticide education specialist and provides the most recent information possible on the selection, rates, application, and safe and proper use of pesticides. A directory of the specialists who authored sections in this notebook is included. more...

Alabama Pest Management Handbook, Vol. II

The Alabama Pest Management Handbook – Volume II ccontains recommendations for houses, buildings, and grounds; commercial trees and ornamental crops; commercial horticultural crops; and homeowner lawns and ornamental and garden crops. It was compiled by both current and former Extension entomologists, plant pathologists, weed scientists, and a pesticide safety education specialist and provides the most recent information possible on the selection, rates, application, and safe and proper use of pesticides. A directory of the specialists who authored sections in this notebook is included. more...