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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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The Squash Bug Menace in Alabama

…ons, adults often hide under the plastic or soil debris remaining close to the drip lines for moisture. In other words, good scouting practice for squash bugs include looking for egg masses and nymphs under the small or large leaves and aro…

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Microbial Control of Caterpillars in Crucifer Crops

…ide failure.
Tests in Alabama have also shown that Bt can be tank-mixed with natural pyrethrin or Pyganic for a very good synergistic effect which can knockback a rising caterpillar pressure and improve crop quality (see image above). In…

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Stink Bug Identification and Management in Vegetables

…eneral, 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” with p…

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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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New Farmer Discovery Tool

Agriculture is full of exciting and rewarding opportunities. Farming is a tough job, but at the heart of it all, you’ll see a vibrant community contributing to the future of our nation’s health and food security. The new farmer discovery…

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Planning Your Professional Wardrobe Part 1: Your Professional Image

…around. There are people of different sizes, shapes, weights, and heights; you are not alone. Learning to look and feel good about yourself, and your appearance begins with recognizing, understanding, and accepting who you are today. Tomorr…

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Microloan Programs for Small or Beginning Farmers

…about the programs. You should also be able to locate a listing in the telephone directory in the section set aside for governmental/public organizations under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency. The local FSA office st…

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE)

…nable agriculture and to express the dual mission of research and education.

From its inception, the program’s goal has been to support farmers, researchers, and educators as they explore practices that improve stewardship, profita…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Yard: Flowers for Beneficial Insects

…are some plants guaranteed to draw in many of the 10 most wanted:

Purple Coneflower
Queen Anne’s Lace
Mountain Mint


Read more about the Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden…

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Basics of Saltwater Shrimp Farming

…location are the three most important consid­erations when selecting a site for shrimp farming. Locate a pond close to good quality brackish water (salinity of 5-30 ppt). The site should have soil with a high clay content (at least 25 perc…

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Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Lady Beetle

…s is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: ladybug, ladybird beetle
Wanted For: Gorging on soft-bodied insects such as aphids, scales, thrips, mealybugs, and spider mites.
Family History: Adults and …

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Ground Beetle

…ail eater, carabid
Wanted For: Conspiring to eat many soil-dwelling pests such as slugs, snails, cutworms, and root maggots.
Family History: Fast-moving predator, armed with strong jaws. Generally dark brown or black with long legs, and s…