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Educational Events in Alabama and the Southeast (Updated Weekly)

Year-round ACES training programs open to the public Private Pesticide Applicator Training Classes (Alabama Pesticide Education Program) http//www.aces.edu/anr/pesticidemgt/ Alabama Master... more

Multi-year Study of the High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System for Reducing Insect Pest Outbreaks

This report is an update regarding the high tunnel pest exclusion (HTPE) system …... more

Vegetable insecticide modes of action: An overview of chemical insecticides

Have you ever wondered how insecticides sold at various stores actually work … Why... more

2018 Commercial Horticulture Webinar Series Recordings

These webinars aim at providing quick …... more

What gardeners should know about organic insecticides!

Organic insecticides are critical tools to insect control, especially in the hot and humid south where insect pests never seem... more

Neem Insecticide Recall Updates

Updated on Nov 30, 2017) In June and July of 2017, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) tested and found... more

Commercial Horticulture Webinar Recordings - 2017 Series

The Commercial Horticulture Extension Webinars aime at providing quick updates to producers and …... more

Microbial Control of Caterpillars in Crucifer Crops

Several species of caterpillars are common to leafy greens and brassica crops … Those... more

Pest alert: Watch for the yellowmargined leaf beetle in crucifer crops!

This is an urgent alert for producers planting fall crops, especially brassicas … The... more

Bitter rot in fruits

As apple crop is growing well and sizing sweet and juicy fruit, small, sunken brown lesions, sometimes surrounded by a... 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...