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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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Blueberry Disease Management Recommendations

Many factors come into play when planning to grow blueberries. The following factors must be taken into consideration:

purchasing plants from a reliable source
planting recommended cultivars
planting correctly on raised beds in t…

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Home Orchards Disease and Insect Control Recommendations

Apple and Pear

Apple and pear trees are subject to serious damage from pests. As a result, a preventive spray program is needed. The following practices will improve the effectiveness of the pesticides and may lessen the need…

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Garden Bugs: Managing Above-Ground Pests in the Garden

Managing Above-Ground Pests in the Garden is part three of three in the Garden Bugs series.

Nonchemical methods for managing garden pests that feed on the foliage and fruit of garden vegetables.
Aphids

To repel aphids, anchor alumi…

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Thrips: Pests of Ornamental Plants

What Are Thrips?

Thrips are unique insects assigned their own order (Thysanoptera). This order is named for the fringed wings found on adult stages. Figure 1 shows these wings as small, narrow, and surrounded by tiny hairs. Thrips are …

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Disease Management in High Tunnel Systems

In recent years, high tunnel production of vegetables has increased significantly in the Southeast. High tunnels provide crop protection from low temperatures in spring and fall, extending the growing season. Disease management practices in…

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Honey, I’m Home: Common Home Pests

As the seasons change and the temperature outside drops, cooler weather prompts bugs and rodents to seek a place to hang their winter hats. So, why not your home? The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) lists mice, opossums, raccoon…

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Soil Solarization for Control of Nematodes & Soilborne Diseases

Effective control of plant parasitic nematodes, soilborne plant pathogens, and some weed pests is a serious challenge for farmers and home gardeners.

Resistant varieties, crop rotation, and pesticides are not always via…

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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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Tomato Insect Pests and Scouting Methods

Always identify insects correctly and decide if they are beneficial or pests before making a treatment decision. Seek the help of a regional Extension agent or send samples to the Pest Diagnostic Lab in Auburn or Birmingham. Readers are enc…

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Managing Fire Ants in Hemp

Fire ants have been identified causing severe damage in hemp plants. They are chewing on the plants at the base and even tunneling into the stem. In some cases, the fire ants will chew further up the stem of the plant. In most instances, th…

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Summer Care Important to Next Year’s Blueberries

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—As summer continues to sizzle, blueberry season is fizzling out in Alabama. Most years Alabama blueberries continue to grow through late summer, but with mild winter temperatures and an early spring, blueberry bush…

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Alabama Planting Guide for Forage Grasses

Many factors influence successful forage production, but establishment of the crop is a key to profitability. It is essential to choose the appropriate crop species for the needed yield, quality, and persistence.

It is then…

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Vegetable Garden Insects

Vegetable Garden Insects is part 15 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Vegetables grown in the southern United States are vulnerable to attack by a variety of insect pests. Our warm temperatures and long growing seasons are not on…

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