Northeast Alabama: Rainfall Needed in Dry Region

Jim Rogers Alabama, Drought, Weather

By Clint Thompson Northeast Alabama is in dire need of rainfall. The region is abnormally dry, according to Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Some areas are even moderately dry, especially along the Alabama-Tennessee state line. It is taking a toll on crops and ponds, says Eric Schavey, regional Extension agent in Northeast Alabama. “Right now, irrigation ponds are …

How to Manage Early-Season Caterpillars

Jim Rogers Alabama, Pests, Research

By Ayanava Majumdar When summer temperatures are soaring and you are hot and sweaty, all caterpillars may look the same. But look carefully inside the crop canopy, especially in fruit-bearing vegetables. Depending on your location, the sequence of insect pests could be different, so have a conversation with your Extension agent about what they are seeing. WHAT TO WATCH FOR …

Weather Conditions ‘Not Ideal’ for Alabama Hemp

Jim Rogers Alabama, Hemp, Weather

By Clint Thompson Alabama hemp production wilted under the stress of prolonged dry conditions combined with extremely high temperatures. Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University assistant professor and Extension specialist, said the “timing wasn’t ideal.” Plants were being put into the ground right as weather conditions worsened across the region. “There’s been quite a bit of plant mortality, transplant shock, that sort …

Mid-Season Pest Activity in Alabama

Jim Rogers Alabama, Pests

Insect infestations vary among pests throughout Alabama, according to pest activity from monitoring traps by Alabama Extension. As of June 18, the mid-season pest activity lists beet armyworm moth numbers as doubling fall armyworms (FAW), which is normal in the state. Last year was abnormal with very high FAW activity. Beet armyworms are a threat to beans, beets, cabbage, corn, …

Alabama Diseases Update: What to Watch for

Jim Rogers Alabama, Cucurbits, Disease

By Clint Thompson Alabama Extension reminds specialty crop producers that Alabama diseases are prevalent and widespread across the state. Ed Sikora, professor and Extension plant pathologist in the department of entomology and plant pathology at Auburn University, highlighted three Alabama diseases that growers should be wary of, especially during the current hot and dry conditions. “One is powdery mildew. I’m …

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Lack of Rain, No Problem for Alabama Specialty Crops

Jim Rogers Alabama, Berries, Weather

By Clint Thompson It may have been a dry spring and early summer across the Southeast, but some specialty crops actually thrived under the drought-like conditions. Chip East, Alabama regional Extension agent, discussed the impact the lack of rainfall has had on his farmers’ specialty crops in East Alabama. “Strawberries were good. Blueberries and blackberries are irrigated, and they look …

Alabama Extension to Host High Tunnel Vegetable Workshop

Jim Rogers Alabama, NRCS, Vegetables

Alabama Extension will host a high tunnel vegetable workshop on Wednesday, June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at Gibbons Farm, 1162 County Road 42, Prattville, Alabama 36067. Interested attendees will learn about high tunnel vegetable crop management as well as other topics like irrigation and fertility management, pest exclusion systems, insect monitoring and …