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About Alabama 4-H

Alabama 4-H seeks to empower youth with the skills to lead our communities, our state, our nation, and also our world. Alabama 4-H is open to all youth ages 9–18, exists in all 67 Alabama counties, and is also the largest youth developmen…

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What is 4-H?

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. The idea of 4-H is simple: help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be a proactive force in their communities and to develop ideas for a more innovative world…

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Grow a Wildflower Meadow in Your Backyard

AUBURN, Ala. – Wildflower meadows are a rich and colorful habitat full of beautiful flowers and various grasses. They also create a home for biodiversity.

“Large or small, the benefits of a wildflower ‘patch’ are numerous. Environ…

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Alabama Fisheries Consultants

Following is a list of Alabama fisheries consultants for clients who need more time and one-on-one help than Alabama Extension can provide. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University do not endorse the individuals or co…

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Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Yellow-Margined Leaf Beetle

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Adult beetles are 5 mm long and dark brown with a yellow wing margin; eggs are bright orange, oval shaped, and laid in masses; caterpillars are dar…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Harlequin Bug

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Brightly colored bugs with piercing-sucking mouthparts (orange, red, and yellow patterns on adults); eggs are barrel-shaped with black bands on top…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Flea Beetle

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Small insects that jump readily using muscles in their hind legs; hind legs appear swollen.
Plant Injury
Common in spring on seedlings; shot-hole…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Diamondback Moth

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Pale green or translucent caterpillars about 7–8 mm long; abdomen is tapered with anal prolegs (forked appearance); caterpillars wiggle rapidly w…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Cross-Stripped Cabbageworm

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Very common in open field and high tunnel crops; late instar caterpillars have grayish blue body with numerous black transverse stripes; stout body…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Cabbage Webworm

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Yellowish gray caterpillars about 15 mm long; five brown longitudinal stripes on dorsal surface; has distinct body hair.
Plant Injury
Minor pest …

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Cabbage Looper

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Green caterpillar with several fine longitudinal stripes; head is slightly tapered with broad abdomen; three pairs of green thoracic legs; larvae m…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Cabbage Aphid

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Many species of aphids can be present at one time; softbodied insects with winged and wingless forms; winged forms are migratory and may be darker …

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Beet Armyworm

*This is an excerpt from Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops, ANR-2241
Identification
Plump green caterpillars up to 30 mm long with three longitudinal stripes on dorsal surface; pair of black spots on the second body segment behind …

Common Diseases of Snap and Lima Beans

Snap and lima beans are very popular crops for both commercial and backyard production in Alabama. A number of common diseases attack these fresh-market beans from both above and below ground.
Root Diseases

Rhizoctonia Root Rot

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