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Common Tomato Problems

Tomatoes are one crop that can have a lot of disease issues for growers. This article discusses a few of the more common tomato problems. Growers should keep in mind that many tomato problems are hard to identify in the field.
Blossom-End …

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Controlling Scale Insects and Mealybugs

Scale insects and mealybugs can be difficult to detect. Learn how to identify and control these pests hiding on your plants and turfgrass.

Scale insects and mealybugs are plant-feeding pests considered by landscapers and nursery producer…

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants in Plant Nurseries

Learn about tawny crazy ants, their behavior, and how to control them in plant nurseries.

Tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva), previously known as Caribbean or Rasberry crazy ants, are fast becoming an economic, ecolo…

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Common Insects and Disease Pests of Turfgrasses & Ornamentals

Five pest groups, insects, and related arthropods, snails and slugs, vertebrates, plant disease agents, and weeds can cause problems in urban landscapes and nursery production. Of these, insects and related arthropods and plant disease agen…

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Southern Blight on Tomato

Extension scientists identified Southern blight in a tomato planting in mid-June. Southern blight is a soil-borne fungal disease and is a problem on tomatoes and other broadleaf crops.

The disease thrives under moist conditions and high…

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What You Need to Know About Elder Abuse

People are living longer. Unfortunately, elder abuse cases rise as the population of older adults rises in Alabama and across the nation. The National Council on Aging estimates that 1 in 10 Americans has experienced some form of elder abus…

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Plant Bugs Put Heavy Pressure on Cotton

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—The season’s early onset of drought-like conditions has several insects on the move early. Plant bugs and stink bugs are moving from their wild host plants into cotton earlier than farmers usually expect.

Alab…

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Crop Pest Alert #1: Moth Activity Shoots Up in Alabama

Sticky wing pheromone traps are very useful for detecting moth activity at a low cost. Typically, the moth counts in traps provides a forecast for caterpillar activity in crops in the coming days (caterpillars must be confirmed by direct co…

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From the Live Well Alabama Kitchen – Skillet Spaghetti

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – This Food Friday, Live Well Alabama is cooking Skillet Spaghetti. This recipe is sure to please the whole family. One pot meals are a great way to use lots of healthy vegetables, and cleanup is a breeze.
Ingredien…

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Deciding Which Blueberry Cultivars to Plant

If you have decided to grow blueberry plants and do not know which cultivars to plant, ask yourself this question. How will the planting be used? Some growers want all of the berries to ripen at the same time so they can be harvested at the…

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Pickling Foods at Home

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—When people hear the word “pickle”, many automatically think of cucumber pickles. However, there are many foods that can be pickled. Pickling foods at home may sound difficult or time consuming, but there are both …

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Summer Food Safety Tips

Due to a variety of factors, including warmer temperatures, foodborne illness increases in summer. Stay healthy and safe during warmer months by following these summer food safety tips.
When Bringing Food to a Picnic or Cookout

Use an…

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Evaluating Water Quality for Poultry

Water is the most important nutrient for poultry; survival time is limited in its absence. Birds can survive for longer periods without any other nutrient than they can survive without water.

Although water is regarded as the mos…

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Extension Leads in Advancing Alabama

In our rapidly changing digital era, Alabama Extension continues to lead in research and problem solving. Our educational outreach spans the state creating economic opportunities for residents, providing the latest resources for i…

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Update On Cotton Leaf Roll Dwarf Virus

Alabama Cooperative Extension System plant pathologists Dr. Kassie Conner and Dr. Austin Hagan give an update on Cotton leaf roll dwarf virus, or Cotton Blue Disease, a virus disease that was first spotted in Alabama in 2016. The disease h…

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