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A Clean Day Program is planned for your area on December 14, 2018. This program will allow you, at no cost, to bring up to 1,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides for safe and environmentally sound disposal. Products that will be disposed of include pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and rodenticides. If you have products that have los[...]
Get Ready! The 2018 AFVGA Conference & Trade Show is just around the corner!
Join us again this November 15 & 16 at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center located at 850 Lay Dam Rd. Clanton, AL, 35045
Registration Information: We are very excited to announce AFVGA is passing on the savings to you! The registration cost to attend has been lowered!
It is that time of year again for football games and cool and crisp air, watching color- changing leaves, smelling aromatic tea-olive flowers and fruits, enjoying pumpkins and harvesting. However, fall is also the time for unwelcome stink bugs invading homes.
Stink bugs are creepy, noisy and notorious for their pungent smell. They enter homes in the fall seeking place to overwinter.
Extension is hard at work helping communities, agricultural producers and families recover from Hurricane Michael. Extension professio[...]
Currently, the production of grape species in the southeastern U.S. is severely limited by Pierce's Disease (PD), caused by the widespread xylem-limited bacterium Xylella fastidiosa. As a result, mainly muscadine cultivars and some American or French-American hybrid bunch grape cultivars with resistance to PD can be successfully cultivated in Alabama due to the high PD pressure. Recent trials in the state have assessed the productivity [...]
Grafting with resistant rootstocks offers one of the best methods to avoid soilborne diseases. Grafting involves combining a desirable scion (which is the fruit bearing portion of a grafted plant) with a rootstock which provides resistance to various soilborne pathogens. [...]
We receive a lot of questions at the Extension office each year from farmers and home gardeners with many kinds of problems. Oftentimes the problems in a field or garden fall into one or more of the following categories: disease, insect, weed, wildlife damage, nutrition, or disorder. Many times during the year gardeners will contact the Extension office with a plant problem thinking it is a disease when in fa[...]
Garden problems such as disease and insects can thrive on late season gardens and fields that are unattended. When you are finished with the garden for the year, it would be beneficial to remove the tomato cages, stakes, trellises, etc. from the field. On a small scale you may choose to remove and compost plant debris such as spent tomato plants, corn stalks, etc. [...]
This survey of fruit, vegetable and nut producers in Alabama is part of one objective of a larger USDA NIFA grant titled, "Strengthening Organic Farming Infrastructure through Consumer Education, Market Development, and Integrated Extension and Research Programs in the Southeastern Region." This survey is part of a market chain study of organics in Alabama. Conducting a market chain analysis of organic[...]
Southern blight is a fungal disease caused by Sclerotium rolfsii. It is also known as southern stem rot. The disease is a problem primarily in the Piedmont apple growing region in the southeastern United States. S. rolfsii [...]
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Alabama Beginning Farmer Program have released the "Farming Basics" online curriculum that is a great place for self-paced learning for all producers. A full news release from Alabama Extension can be found here[...]
Dr. Juan Silva and Dr. Elizabeth Canales at Mississippi State University invite you to participate in a survey to examine farmers' adoption of food safety practices and third-party food safety audits. The objective is to identify the barriers to food safety adoption and the challenges faced by fruit, nuts, and vegetable growers of various operating sizes. Outputs from this research will help inform extension and [...]
Chili thrips have become a significant pest in South Alabama and rival red headed flea beetle for the number one pest in Alabama container nurseries. Heading the pleads of growers, Auburn University researchers Dr. David Held and Dr. Jeremy Pickens put into action a plan to improve upon the current Chili thrips management strategies. In 2017, they were awarded a $25,000 Specialty Crop Block Grant to fund the development of these strategies[...]
Downy mildew was observed on pumpkins in a commercial field in Shelby County and in research plots at Brewton and Tallassee this week. The moisture we have seen in some parts of the state has favored the development of the disease. We did see downy mildew on cucumber in our downy mildew monitoring plots in late June and early July, so disease inoculum was already pr[...]
Zonate leaf spot on tomato is a disease not commonly seen. Zonate leaf spot is caused by the fungus Hinomyces moricola, primarily a disease of tomato foliage. Its occurs sporadically in the field, though there have been reports of s[...]
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