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 …

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 …

Alabama Hemp Production: Rain Needed to Get Started

Jim Rogers Alabama, Hemp

By Clint Thompson Alabama hemp acreage is expected to decrease this season. That’s if growers feel comfortable enough to plant a crop amid the current hot and dry conditions. It is quite the contrast to last year’s conditions, says Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University assistant professor and Extension specialist. “I think I talked to you a year ago and it was …

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Hot and Dry Conditions in Alabama

Jim Rogers Alabama, Weather

By Clint Thompson Alabama specialty crops that are planted are in desperate need of water. It may be a while before that happens and it concerns Katelyn Kesheimer, Auburn University assistant professor and Extension specialist. “The crops that are in the ground, like corn, they’re thirsty. It’s also impacting weed control,” Kesheimer said. “There’s no rain to activate the (pre-emergence …

How to Manage Botrytis in Strawberries

Jim Rogers Disease, Research, Strawberry

By Clint Thompson Botrytis gray mold is an annual disease of strawberry producers. It may continue to worsen the more resistant it becomes to certain fungicides. Ed Sikora, professor and Extension plant pathologist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University, said he and other colleagues have examined strawberry fields for more than a year. In about …

Storms May Aid in Transportation of Insect Pests

Jim Rogers Alabama, Pests, Weather

By Clint Thompson Most of Alabama has received its share of rainfall this spring. But with inclement weather, especially high winds, comes the potential for certain insect pests to be moved from field to field, says Ayanava Majumdar, Extension professor in entomology and plant pathology at Auburn University. “If there’s any moth flights that have already begun, these storms will …

Freeze Effect: Alabama’s Early Peach Varieties Impacted With Uniformity Issues

Jim Rogers Alabama, Peaches, Weather

By Clint Thompson Alabama’s peach producers are about a month away from harvesting this year’s crop. A lack of uniformity is being observed in early peach varieties. It is a result of freeze damage, says Edgar Vinson, assistant research professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Auburn University. “(The crop is) looking promising. They did have some …

Powdery Mildew: What Cucurbit Growers Need to Know

Jim Rogers Cucurbits, Disease, Research

By Clint Thompson Powdery mildew is a disease all cucurbit farmers need to be familiar with this spring season. Unlike other pathogens that need wet, rainy conditions to flourish, powdery mildew prefers a drier environment. If weather conditions turn dry this spring, powdery mildew could be most concerning, says Ed Sikora, professor and Extension plant pathologist in the Department of …