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The Alabama Organic IPM Program is now three years old and it has provided consistent focus to the needs of the small specialty crops producers. Here we introduce you to three new publications from ACES and Southern SARE that can be useful for a wide range of producers. Sustainable agriculture practices are not limited to organic producers; the principles of ecological and economic sustainability can be applied to many other farming situations. Click on the IMAGES below to get to the full articles online.


‘Understanding NOP Standards for Pest Management in Specialty Crops’ (ANR-2084) provides a brief overview of the National Organic Program Standards as it relates to pest management and summarizes the three approaches to IPM on small farms. 


‘Proper Use of Approved Insecticides in Organic Farming Systems’ (ANR-2085) provides basic classification of approved insecticides based on EPA rules and primary mode of action. This bulletin ends with some general guiding recommendations on proper placement and timing of insecticides that can help maximize effectiveness of products.


‘Trap Cropping in Vegetable Production’ is a SARE National Publication that not only highlights the trap crop research done in Alabama for leaffooted bug management but also provides trap crop recommendations for harlequin bugs, stink bugs, and cucumber beetles based on research in other states. Trap crops, if planned well, can cause dramatic reduction in pest numbers when integrated with other control methods. 


‘Alternative Vegetable IPM Recommendations’ (ANR-2190) is a unique slide chart that has illustrations and control recommendations for 21 dreaded insect pests of vegetable crops. It is a handy tool for producers and gardeners that is sturdy by design and can be carried around in the back-pocket or left in the farm truck for quick retrieval. Please get your free copy by coming to a regional crop production meeting or contact your regional Extension agent for more information.


Producers and gardeners are strongly encouraged to subscribe to this IPM newsletter for keeping up with research-based farming information; simply visit and enter your email near the bottom of the webpage. We also offer information delivery via social media like Facebook (Alabama Vegetable IPM) and Twitter (AlabamaIPM). For questions about these publications, please call 251-331-8416 or email

Ayanava Majumdar

Ext. Entomologist





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