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Moth Activity Rising in Vegetables

Scout crops and prevent insect outbreaks with timely intervention.  Armyworms typically start out in hay and pasture fields, or feed on weedy hosts before making a move to the specialty crops. Armyworms typically lay a large number of eggs…

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​Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest management, or IPM, is the practice of using a variety of methods to manage pests. When used correctly, pesticides can be a great tool for managing pests, but they should not be the first action to manage pest problems.

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Hubbard Trap Crop Protects Yellow Squash From Insect Pests

This is going to be good news for conventional and organic squash producers! We initiated studies on evaluating two varieties of Hubbard trap crop in 2013 with the intention of developing some alternative pest management recommendations. He…

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Trap Cropping on Small and Medium-Sized Operations

Trap cropping is a unique cultural insect control tactic that deters pest feeding damage and works for certain insect pests; my focus has been leaffooted bugs and stink bugs with the sorghum-sunflower system we recommend. If you haven’t e…

The Squash Bug Menace in Alabama

Squash bugs have piercing and sucking mouthparts that like to feed on cucurbits like squash or pumpkins, and make the plants sick through feeding and disease transmission. Squash bugs take a long time to mature (~8 weeks) during which time …

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High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System

Mechanical barrier for insect control is not a new concept, but Alabama Extension Vegetable IPM Team along with a group of producers has re-imagined and advanced the application of physical exclusion system for high tunnel producers who are…

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Microbial Control of Caterpillars in Crucifer Crops

Several species of caterpillars are common to leafy greens and brassica crops. Those include armyworms, diamondback moths, cabbage loopers, cabbage white butterfly (AKA imported cabbageworm), cross-striped cabbageworm, etc. The caterpillars…

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Stink Bug Identification and Management in Vegetables

In general, vegetable insect pests have chewing or piercing-sucking mouthparts. Caterpillars, beetles, and grasshoppers are good examples of insect pests with chewing mouthparts. Large stink bugs and leaffooted bugs are some “macro bugs” wi…

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Pesticide Applicator University

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University along with the Alabama Green Industry Training Center, and the Alabama Pesticide Safety Education Program host a biennial training conference called the “Pesticide Applicator…

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Auxin Herbicide Contact Information

For more information regarding Auxin Herbicides, available training and if you have questions or concerns, call an Alabama Extension specialist or the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.
Steve Li

Extension Specialist…

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Great Horned Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386

The great horned owl is the largest and probably most common owl species in Alabama. Though most easily identified by their large size and widely spaced ear tufts, gr…

Barred Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386

Found primarily in large forests, barred owls are easily identified by the brown streaks visible on their bellies and their lack of ear tufts. These birds also have d…

Cooper’s Hawk

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Found year round throughout Alabama, Cooper’s hawks are similar to sharp-shinned hawks. Averaging around one pound, Cooper’s hawks are larger than sharp-shinned …