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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

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

Kudzu Bugs No Match for Old Man Winter’s Persistence

by  James Langcuster  on 3/11/2014 9:22 AM … Category: Ag Crops; Home Grounds and Garden; Commerical Horticulture ... 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

Stay Alert for Spotted Wing Drosophila

​Alabama fruit growers should be on the lookout for a new and very damaging invasive pest which has  become established... more

The third issue of the IPM newsletter is online

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

Expert: Insects Won’t Be Affected by Cold Snap

​If you think as a result of this recent frigid weather that pesky … ... more

First Issue of the 2014 Alabama IPM Communicator is Now Online

​The Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter is about pest management and sustainable agriculture. Topics in this issue include an introduction with... more

Register now for the Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Tradeshow

​The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association invites you to an exciting 2-day event. The AFVG Conference and Tradeshow will... more

​19th Annual Beekeeping Symposium Set for Feb. 1 at Auburn University

Cooperative Extension System will hold the 19th Annual Beekeeping Symposium Saturday, … Feb. ... more


Garden Bugs

Vegetable Garden

The best way to manage insect pests in the home vegetable garden is to use a combination of strategies, including cultural, mechanical, and biological controls. Organic gardeners rely totally on nonchemical methods. Most home gardeners can tolerate some insect damage on their vegetables; consequently, they are able to use many nonchemical control strategies that can reduce, but not always eliminate, insect damage. Home gardeners not opposed to using chemicals may use chemical controls when nonchemical methods do not provide sufficient levels of control.

Modern pest management relies on “planning before planting” rather than responding to a pest problem after it has occurred. For example, you can prevent many insect pest problems by using what you know about the pest to make the vegetable planting less suitable for pest development. This could mean planting early to avoid high pest numbers that occur late in the season.

Correct identification of insect pests infesting the vegetable garden is critical so you can develop a management plan. Equally important is recognition of beneficial insects. Your county Extension agent can help you identify pests and develop management strategies for specific pest and crop situations. more...

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