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Pest alert for high tunnel crop producers with crucifer crops

This article was originally published in 2014 but has been updated in 2016 with new information (like the resources... more

Squash IPM update: Hubbard squash trap crop works on large acres!

Squash producers are bugged by three major insect pests … Cucumber beetles are early... more


Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests … Did you know that about one third... more

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Scheduled For Nov. 17-18

The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association's annual fall conference is slated for Nov. 17-18 at the Clanton Conference and... more

Watch for the Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle: A Major Pest of Crucifer Crops!!

Although we want to focus on the yellowmargined leaf beetle (Microtheca ochroloma) in this article, it is worth to talk... more

Hubbard Squash Trap Crop, Squash Bugs, and Other Pest Updates

Mid-season hot and dry weather in Alabama brings many insect problems that can greatly affect heat-stressed vegetable crops... more

Leaffooted Bugs and Caterpillars on Vegetables (July 1, 2016)

For statewide moth activity report and distribution maps, please refer to this blog …... more

General Report on Moth Activity across Alabama (June 23, 2016)

Welcome to another series of insect pest alerts based on information generated from the pheromone trap catches from 14 locations... more

Herbicide Applications in Hot, Dry Conditions

Herbicides will work best when a plant is actively growing, vigorously growing plants … Herbicide... more

Alabama Pest Scouting Report: Focus on Caterpillar Control in Vegetables (June 13, 2016)

Here is a report on insect pests seen during farm visits and scouting at research plots in the past week... 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...