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2015 AFVGA Conference Highlights for Beginning and Experienced Farmers

​Online registrations end Feb 2. Walk-ins welcome on Feb 6 and 7 starting at 7:30 am! ... more

All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series Resumes on February 6

​Please join us for this webinar series for information you can use about good and bad insects.  Topics will include... more

Fall Vegetable Growers Workshop: Focus on Cole Crops (Dec 4 at Chilton REC, Clanton, 1 p.m.)

Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers AssociationIPM Communicator: Insect PestsIPM Communicator: Production SystemsIPM Communicator: Beneficial InsectsVegetable Pest Management ... more

New December 2014 Webinars: IPM in Crucifer Crops, Permaculture, Winter Breeding Nurseries, Dairy Pastures

Join eOrganic for our December webinar series on organic farming and research topics! All webinars are free and open to... more

Cabbage Insect Pest Management: Recent lessons from field studies

​Cabbages are popular among open field and high tunnel crop producers during fall. While insect pests in open field are... more

Herbicide Knowledge Required to Control Weeds

​One of the most difficult chores for landowners and homeowners is controlling unwanted weeds and brush.  The constant mowing, trimming,... more

Protect Yourself from Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Alabama has had its first case of Chikungunya virus this year. Carried by mosquitoes, the disease is found in Africa,... more

Growing Organically Workshop - July 10th

Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers AssociationIPM Communicator: Miscellaneous … Home and Garden: Home PestsHome... more

Kudzu Bugs No Match for Old Man Winter’s Persistence

by James Langcuster on 3/11/2014 9:22 AM … If Old Man Winter deserves credit... more

Fire Ant Control Products For Home Vegetable Production

Fire ants can be controlled in home vegetable gardens. This publication should help you find fire ant control products that... 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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