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Alabama Producers Harvest Crops Despite Widespread Drought

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Widespread drought continues in Alabama, as nearly 84 percent of the state is in severe drought. In fact, 55 percent of the state’s soil and subsoil moisture is reported to be “very short.” Even with these co…

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Alabama Extension Offers Flood Resources for Food Crop Growers

…UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Hurricane Dorian dumped rainfall along the East Coast and many are left dealing with floodwaters and crop damage—especially food crop producers.

Kristin Woods, an Alabama Extension regional food safety agent, said fo…

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Food Safety for Southern U.S. Food Crop Producers After Flooding

Throughout the Gulf Coast states, floods directly affecting food production (including produce, grains, and animal feed) are relatively rare. Preparing for or reacting to flooding in terms of keeping food safe is not something that …

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Crop Pest Alert: Moth Activity Shoots Up in Alabama

… sign of increased risk to crops like peanuts later in the season. LCB is a hidden threat in peanuts and can cause high crop damage to late-stage peanuts; irrigation for improving soil moisture significantly reduces the threat.

Squash vi…

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Crop and Pastureland Recovery After a Flood

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—North Alabama farmers are managing fields in different ways this spring. Excessive rainfall and subsequent floods are creating additional hurdles for spring field preparation and pasture quality.

Dr. Audrey Gamb…

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Garden Bugs: Making Your Garden Vegetables Less Susceptible to Insect Damage

Making Your Garden Vegetables Less Susceptible to Insect Damage is part one of three in the Garden Bugs series.

How can I keep “bad bugs” out of my garden?

How can I attract “good bugs” to my garden?

How can I control slugs…

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Organic Insecticide Rotations and Tank-mixes for Vegetable Crops

…ide mixes in spray tanks. Wash application equipment thoroughly after use to prevent cross-contamination and accidental crop damage due to misapplication. When in doubt, call the manufacturer and/or the retailer for product details.

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Greenhouse Vegetables and Ethylene Damage

With the colder temperatures across Alabama, many growers are turning on their heaters for the first time. In about 2 to 3 weeks, we will start getting calls about suspicious damage appearing on their vegetable crops.  Over the past 20 plu…

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Controlling Damage from Moles and Voles

Damage to your property may be caused by moles or voles. Knowing the difference between the two animals is essential to controlling the problem.

Moles and voles, while both tunnel makers, are distinct in behavior and in the…

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Crop Insurance Not a Guaranteed Payout for Farmers

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Insurance companies will be busy processing claims and assessing damages, as residents affected by Hurricane Michael work to recover. Crop insurance agents and adjusters, in tandem with Extension agents and other g…

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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…

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

…k head; body is covered with stout hair.
Plant Injury
Adult beetles and caterpillars cause extensive leaf feeding and crop damage occurs rapidly; also feed on exposed tubers of turnips and radishes.
Sampling Method & Economic Thresho…

Insect Pest Scouting for Crucifer Crops: Flea Beetle

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

Understanding NOP Standards for Pest Management in Specialty Crops

This publication provides basic information about the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards as they apply to integrated pest management on organic crops. NOP standards reflect specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-ac…

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