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Precision Planter Clinic Set for Nov. 30

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension is set to host a precision planter clinic Nov. 30 at the E.V. Smith Research Center Conference Facility. The clinic will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Dr. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist, said that this clinic will assist farmers in keeping up with modern planting technologies. “The adoption ... Read More »

Be Safe After a Disaster

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AUBURN, Ala. – The calm after the storm is when homeowners head out to assess damages to homes and property.  When natural disasters strike, take care of yourself and your family first. There are serious problems to deal with before recovery begins. Illness or injury may result from contaminated water, debris-filled roadways, electrical and fire hazards and displaced wildlife. Follow ... Read More »

Preparation for Power Outages

AUBURN, Ala. – With Tropical Storm Nate approaching, Alabama residents should prepare for power outages. The exact path Irma will take is unclear, but there is potential for strong winds and heavy rains in Alabama. There are several guidelines to ready homeowners for outages. Following these guidelines will make power outages more bearable for families during time without power. Homeowners ... Read More »

Hurricane Evacuations: What You Need to Know

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AUBURN, Ala. – During hurricane season, there are times when people need to evacuate from an area for their safety. There are two types of evacuations that you may encounter, voluntary evacuations and mandatory/directed evacuations. It is important to know the differences between these evacuations and how to act during them. Voluntary Evacuation  A voluntary evacuation is a warning to ... Read More »

Citrus Greening Affecting Alabama Citrus

AUBURN, Ala. – Citrus greening, a bacterial disease, has been detected in Alabama. During an Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) annual survey, inspectors identified two trees in a residential landscape in Mobile County with the disease. Now detected in Baldwin County, more surveys are now ongoing by the ADAI to determine the extent of the problem. Citrus Industry ... Read More »

Helping Your Child Cope With Severe Weather

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AUBURN, Ala. -Following a disaster, children may be angry, afraid of the disaster recurring and afraid to be alone or sleep alone. Children may start behaving like they did when they were younger. They might start sucking their thumbs, wet the bed or want to be held. Children could also experience symptoms of illness such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, fever ... Read More »

Ag Discovery Adventure Set For Sept. 23

AUBURN, Ala. – The sixth annual Ag Discovery Adventure is set for Saturday, Sept. 23, at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter, Alabama. Ag Discovery Adventure has many hands-on activities for the entire family. While at the event, people will learn about about agriculture and their food supply and ask questions they may have about the industry. Ag Discovery Adventure ... Read More »

Silverleaf Whitefly: Devastating to Cotton Industry

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AUBURN, Ala. – The silverleaf whitefly (SLWF) is proving to be a big problem for cotton producers in Alabama. First found in Alabama in 1997, SLWF feeds on cotton plants and has been active in the Southeast the last few years. In 2016, SLWF heavily infested cotton crops in several counties surrounding Tifton, Georgia. Now, SLWF has spread over much ... Read More »

Fall Armyworm Outbreak in Alabama Pastures

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AUBURN, Ala. – Damaging populations of fall armyworms have been found in 8 Alabama counties. While that is far fewer counties than last summer, it is important to check valuable forage grasses. Armyworm caterpillars are detrimental to cattlemen and forage producers. The damage can seem to appear overnight. Dr. Kathy Flanders, an Alabama Extension Entomologist, said that the  fall armyworm ... Read More »

Triple E Virus Deadly to Horses and Humans

AUBURN, Ala. – Summer brings a heightened risk of mosquito borne illnesses. Eastern equine encephalitis is one of the most deadly. Known as EEE or sleeping sickness and commonly associated with horses, only a few human cases are reported in the United States annually.  But according to the Centers for Disease Control, EEE ranks as one of the most severe ... Read More »