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When Weeds Become Monsters

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AUBURN, Ala.–Evolution is turning modern weeds into monsters, as a phenomenon–– herbicide resistance–– makes control increasingly difficult for farmers. Dr. Steve Li, Alabama Extension weed scientist, called the development a “Pandora’s box” that cannot be closed. Li offered a nuanced but grim outlook on the subject. “In the beginning, glyphosate killed almost everything out there. It’s cheap, and it doesn’t ... Read More »

Pod blasting peanuts makes farmers’ lives easier

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AUBURN, Ala.–Rapid technological advancement has become a staple in the field of agriculture. For decades, complex scientific discoveries have been the driving force behind ever-increasing yields. However, not all innovation stems from a chemical breakthrough. Pod blasting, a 20-year-old method to measure peanut maturity, is a simple process that requires nothing more than a pressure washer and a picker basket. ... Read More »

Soybean Rust Spreading across Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.–After a few weeks of consistently wet weather, soybean rust is making its annual march from the Gulf Coast to north Alabama. Spurred on by wet leaves and strong winds, the fungal disease popped up in 33 of Alabama’s 67 counties. Alabama Extension specialist Dr. Dennis Delaney weighed in on the development and offered advice to soybean farmers across ... Read More »

Alabama Peanuts Benefiting from Wet Summer

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AUBURN, Ala.–One year removed from a drought of epic proportions, Alabama peanut farmers are happy with the rainier summer of 2017. Though wet conditions can cause a separate set of issues, peanuts are looking very strong thus far. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, 91 percent of peanuts had reached the pegging stage by Aug. 7, compared ... Read More »