Alabama Extension Offices Serving as Drop-Off Points for Mystery Seed Packages

Clint Thompson Alabama, Seeds, Top Posts

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is partnering with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) to assist in collecting unsolicited seed packages being sent to Alabama residents from China. The packages often indicate that they contain jewelry rather than seeds. ADAI field inspectors are currently collecting these seed packages to test their contents for unknown compounds, …

Bringing Technology to Specialty Crops

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Florida, Fruit, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts, Vegetables

United States Department of Agriculture Posted by Greg Astill, Markets and Trade Economics Division, Economic Research Service and Suzanne Thornsbury, Senior Advisor for Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities, Office of the Chief Scientist in Research and Science Advances in technology, automation, and remote sensing is a cross-cutting, macro movement in science impacting agriculture outlined in the USDA Science Blueprint (PDF, …

New Pesticides Approved for Use on Alabama Hemp

Clint Thompson Alabama, Hemp, Pests, Top Posts

By Katelyn Kesheimer, Alabama Extension According to an Alabama Extension blog, new pesticides have been approved for use on hemp production in Alabama. The Alabama Cooperative Extension Service worked with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) to release an approved pesticide list for use on hemp in Alabama. Several more products have been recently approved for legal application …

Cowpea Curculio Troubling for Alabama Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Top Posts, Vegetables

A tiny insect continues to take a bite out of the southern pea crop in Alabama. Ayanava Majumdar, an Auburn Extension Professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology, believes insecticide resistance is a huge issue in why farmers in Alabama and Georgia cannot get a handle on cowpea curculio. “I think many people just don’t believe that resistance is an issue …

Howler Fungicide Provides Vegetable Growers with Multiple Modes of Action

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Cucurbits, Florida, Georgia, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Howler fungicide from AgBiome Innovations is a product that harnesses the power of the plant microbiome to create a fungicide with multiple modes of action. It provides preventive, long-lasting activity on a broad spectrum of soilborne and foliar diseases and does the job for a number of specialty crops. For Florida and South Georgia growers specifically, it’s great for strawberries, …

Flavorful Fruit Yields Sweet Results for Melon Farmers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Top Posts, Watermelon

Southeast watermelon growers delivered a flavorful crop this year that yielded a sweet price at the market, said Mark Arney, executive director of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.  “We’re happy, we’re happy for the guys. Obviously, the guys that didn’t have a crop, it doesn’t matter how hot the market is, they’re not going to make money. We feel terrible …