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Deep South Stocker Conference Is August 4-5

AUBURN, Ala. – The University of Georgia is host for the eighth annual Deep South Stocker Conference Aug. 4 and 5,at the Carroll County Ag Center in Carrollton, Ga. The conference is targeting cattle producers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef specialist, said that even though the conference is in Georgia this year, she encourages Alabama producers to ... Read More »

Common Snapping Turtle

AUBURN, Ala. – The common snapping turtle found throughout Alabama and the Southeast, is one of the larger freshwater turtle species in North America. Snapping turtles’ shells can reach up to 18 inches in length and the turtles can weigh more than 40 pounds. Snapping turtles reach maturity at 10 to 13 years and can have a life span of more ... Read More »

Droughts: Cattle Producers Making Tough Decisions

AUBURN, Ala. – Drought forces cattle producers to make tough decisions. Without an adequate supply of feed and water and cost effective ways of supplying the herd, producers will need to reduce cattle numbers. Weaning calves is one way to reduce nutritional requirements of the herd. Dry cows require less nutritious feed than lactating cows. Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, an Alabama ... Read More »

Getting Down and Dirty with Alabama 4-H

AUBURN, Ala. – It’s time to get down and dirty with 4-H at the first mud run hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System 4-H Program. The mud run will take place Aug. 13 at the Stony Lonesome OHV Park, 10075 AL Hwy 69 S., Bremen, Alabama. On-site registration will begin a 7:30 a.m. with the race starting at 8:30 ... Read More »

American Alligator: Alabama’s Largest Reptile

Alligator

AUBURN, Ala. –American alligators, once on the verge of extinction, have made a remarkable recovery. Alabama’s largest reptile, alligators can be found across most of the southern third of the state and has also been confirmed farther north but not in large populations. They live near lakes, rivers, ponds and sometimes creeks. An expansive population of alligators call Lake Eufaula ... Read More »

Extending the Grazing Season

AUBURN, Ala. –Extending the grazing season can improve cattle operations. This saves producers time and money invested in the operation. Whether it is as simple as dividing a pasture into two different paddocks or implementing a more complex system, farmers should consider implementing improved grazing management strategies to help the grazing season. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle ... Read More »

Eastern Hognose Snake: Rare to Alabama

Eastern Hog Nose Snake

Auburn, Alabama— Once common throughout Alabama, the nonvenomous Eastern hognose snake, also known as the spreading adder and the deaf adder, is now considered to be rare to certain areas of the state. The hognose snake gets its name from its distinct upturned nose. The Eastern hognose’s coloration can vary from a uniform black, brown, olive or gray. They may ... Read More »

BioBlitz: Discovering Local Biodiversity

AUBURN, Ala. – If you have an interest in learning about Alabama’s plants and wildlife, make plans to attend BioBlitz, an event sponsored by the Alabama  Cooperative Extension System. BioBlitz, a hands-on event where participants will have a chance to experience local biodiversity, is Saturday April 23, at the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest. Participants will work alongside local and ... Read More »

Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds

AUBURN, Ala. – Herbicide resistant weeds are a growing problem for row crop farmers. Dr. Joyce Tredaway Ducar, an Alabama Extension weed scientist, said scouting fields is critical. “Scouting is the only way to know which weeds are present, and their patterns in the field can help to understand why they are present,” said Tredaway Ducar. Adding scouting to your ... Read More »

Alabama Strawberry Production: A Sweet Business

AUBURN, Ala. – Strawberries may not be big business in Alabama, but it is a sweet one. According to Doug Chapman, an Alabama Extension regional commercial horticulture agent, compared to larger producing states such as Florida, Alabama’s production size is minuscule. “If you looked at the land allotted to strawberry production, strawberry acreage in Alabama would not exceed 200 acres ... Read More »