Alabama Insect Pest Monitoring Report

Jim Rogers Alabama, Pests

Alabama Extension cautions vegetable producers about a sudden spike in activity of southern armyworm moths compared to fall or beet armyworms. According to the Alabama Insect Pest Monitoring data generated from April 14 to April 29, there were 40 southern armyworm moths at five locations across the state, compared to five farm armyworms and four beet armyworms. Southern armyworm caterpillars …

Alabama Extension to Host Vegetable Production Meeting

Jim Rogers Alabama, Produce, Vegetables

Vegetable producers in Alabama know It is spring planting season. Growers need to be aware of what to expect before plants are put in the ground. Alabama Extension will host a vegetable producers production meeting on Wednesday, April 6. Extension specialist Andre da Silva and Extension agents Shane Harris and Chip East will lead the meeting, which will begin at …

Alabama Extension Economist: Hard to Say How Long High Input Prices Will Continue

Jim Rogers Agri-business

By Clint Thompson One Alabama Extension economist believes it is unreasonable to predict how much longer input prices will remain at historically high levels. That’s why Adam Rabinowitz wants specialty crop producers to focus on profits and not yields entering this production season. “These input prices, we’re sitting here scratching our heads looking at these prices going up. It’s not …

Oversaturated Soils Delaying Specialty Crop Plantings in North Alabama

Jim Rogers Alabama, Specialty Crops, Weather

By Clint Thompson Persistent rains and oversaturated soils have delayed plantings for some specialty crops in North Alabama. “A lot of rainfall is delaying planting dates. Like (Monday), I visited a couple of growers in central to North Alabama and they were saying, ‘We have all of our seedlings ready for transplants, but our soils are too wet,” said Andre …

Be Alert for Citrus Canker in Alabama

Jim Rogers Alabama, Citrus, Disease, Research

Alabama Cooperative Extension implores growers to be on the lookout for symptoms of citrus canker disease in their trees. Commercial growers need to scout their trees regularly to stop the disease’s potential spread, says Kassie Conner, Alabama Extension specialist. “What we need people to do right now is look for these symptoms and report it if they find it,” Conner …

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Alabama Extension to Host Online Vegetable Production Meetings

Jim Rogers Alabama, Cucurbits, Disease, Organic, Pests, Research, Soil, Tomatoes

Alabama Extension has scheduled vegetable production meetings via zoom, starting on Feb. 23 through March 30. Every Wednesday, from noon to 1:30 p.m., a different vegetable topic will be discussed with specialists at Alabama Extension. Andre da Silva, assistant professor in horticulture, and Ayanava Majumdar, Extension professor in entomology and plant pathology, will discuss tomato varieties and tomato insect management …

Alabama Growers Permit Available

Jim Rogers Alabama, General

Alabama Extension reminds interested producers that they can obtain a growers permit that allows them to sell directly to consumers without paying licensing fees or sales tax for raw agricultural commodities that they raise. This allows farmers to market their products anywhere in Alabama and reduces barriers to the availability of fresh and nutritious Alabama products. The agricultural commodities include …

Alabama Extension Mobile County Fruit, Vegetable Growers Meeting Set for Jan. 27

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Alabama

By Clint Thompson Alabama Extension reminds specialty crop producers that the Mobile County Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association annual meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Jon Archer Ag Center in Mobile, Alabama. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preregistration is required by calling the Mobile County Extension Office at 251-574-8445. Jacob …