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Impact of Late Strawberry Plantings Across Northern Alabama

Clint Thompson Alabama

By Clint Thompson The lack of moisture in North Alabama led to delayed strawberry plantings for some growers. Eric Schavey, regional Extension agent in Northeast Alabama, expected this would be the outcome in October. He discussed what this means for those producers impacted. “We got strawberries in, finally. We’re a couple of weeks behind what we needed to. Some people …

Registration Ongoing for AFVGA Annual Conference

Clint Thompson Alabama

Alabama specialty crop producers are reminded that registration is ongoing for the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) annual conference and trade show, scheduled for Feb. 9-10, 2023, in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The event will include presentations from Alabama Extension specialists, researchers from the University of Georgia and University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Topics will …

Alabama Update: Growers Be Wary of Insect-Transmitted Diseases

Jim Rogers Alabama

By Clint Thompson The current drought-like conditions sweeping across the Southeast should have specialty crop producers wary of insect-transmitted virus diseases. The hot and dry weather favors pests like aphids and whiteflies. Growers should be concerned about subsequent diseases, says Ed Sikora, Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University. He discussed …

Alabama Extension to Host Strawberry Production Meeting

Jim Rogers Alabama

Alabama Extension will hold a strawberry production meeting on Nov. 10 in Jemison, Alabama, beginning at 11 a.m. EST. The meeting will highlight various issues pertinent to strawberry production. Topics include weed management, soil fumigation, disease management, variety selection and budget development. It is a free event and is tailored towards experienced growers as well as beginning farmers. A catered …

IPM Tips for Transitioning from Summer to Fall Vegetable Crops

Jim Rogers Alabama

Alabama Extension is providing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tips for specialty crop producers transitioning from summer to fall vegetable crops. Sanitation Sanitation is an IPM level one pest prevention tactic. It includes the removal of plant or crop debris immediately after production is over. Growers should not let the vines or plant debris rot at a location while doing other …

Smartphone App Links Alabama Extension to Growers

Jim Rogers Alabama

By Clint Thompson Alabama Extension has a new and improved way of communicating with its growers. The Farming Basics Phone App allows producers to access timely information in an easy and convenient format. The main page consists of various topics growers can click through, including Crops, Diseases, Insects and Weeds. The Contact function at the bottom of the App allows …

Pivotal Year for Alabama Pecans

Jim Rogers Alabama

By Clint Thompson A pivotal year awaits Alabama’s pecan industry. Two years after Hurricane Sally devastated the state’s production, there is renewed optimism about this year’s crop, especially in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Bryan Wilkins, Alabama Extension research associate, said growers should have a better idea of where their production stands following the hurricane’s impact in 2020. “This will be …