New Resources Available for Tawny Crazy Ant Management

A working group focusing on the tawny crazy ant is developing materials to help people identify and manage this pest.

First funded in 2015, the Tawny Crazy Ant Working Group used a 2017 IPM Enhancement grant to create videos, conference booth materials and booklets with information about the ant. Continue reading

2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Drain Flies, House Flies, and Fungus Gnats

August 4, 2017, 1:00 PM CDT

Insect pests marching around our homes can be puzzling to manage.   Especially frustrating is trying to figure out where they are coming from, and their life cycle.  In this webinar, Elizabeth “Wizzie” Brown, IPM Program Specialist, Texas A & M Agrilife Extension will discuss practical tips that homeowners can use to identify and help control the problem pest.   Moderated by Hunter McBrayer and Taylor Vandiver, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event.

Note: on August 4, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message. 

For more webinars in this series, see 2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series. The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Ant Pests, and Urban IPM; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Clemson Cooperative Extension and University of Georgia Extension.

 

New Agronomic Crops Webinars Available from Alabama Cooperative Extension

New webinars are available from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System  – Agronomic Crops Team. Please visit the links below to watch the recorded presentations: Continue reading

Fall armyworms are a problem in Alabama

In Southeast Farm Press

by Maggie Lawrence, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Fall armyworms were found in millet in early June in western Mobile County, Ala. Armyworm caterpillars are detrimental to cattlemen and forage producers. The damage can seem to appear overnight.

Dr. Kathy Flanders, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist, said a fall armyworm caterpillar eats the most within its last feeding stage. Continue reading

Alabama Vegetable IPM program receives funding to help underserved farmers

From the Alabama IPM Communicator

By Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension

Without a consistent commercial vegetable production education program for many years, Alabama was ranked at the bottom when it came to production levels in sustainable agriculture and organic small farms. Alabama small producers needed up-to-date pest management information and constant training for preventing significant yield losses. Early grants (since 2009) from the Organic Agriculture Research and Education Initiative, Extension IPM, and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program helped specialists create an IPM educational campaign that they delivered to the entire state. Regional Extension Agents and County Extension Coordinators worked hard to organize training events, distribute training materials, and spread the word. With this solid start, Alabama is now on the path to increasing fruit and vegetable production on small farms. Impacts of the first five years of the IPM project have been tremendous. Continue reading

2016 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series

Please join us for the 2016 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series.  This webinar series provides information about good and bad insects.  Webinars are free and open to everyone.   We will discuss how you can help pollinators and other good insects by using pesticides properly.  We will also talk about how to control insects we think of as bad, like fire ants, vegetable bugs, a new invasive fruit fly, and cockroaches. We will even have a webinar about snakes, although they’re not really insects but can be a pest or a beneficial, depending on how you look at them.   Continue reading

Scout for Sugarcane aphids before you spray

This blog post in an excerpt from the Alabama IPM Communicator newsletter, concerning sugarcane aphid:

It is important to scout for sugarcane aphids and spray when they have reached threshold levels. It is equally important not to spray too soon. Spraying too early will likely result in an extra insecticide application later on.

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