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Ag Outlook Meetings Scheduled Across Alabama

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold a series of Alabama Agriculture Outlook meetings across the state in December and January. The Farm and Agribusiness Management team will update farmers, producers and agribusiness owners on the current agricultural situation in the state, as well as expectations for 2018. The meetings will look at key elements of the state’s agriculture and ... Read More »

After the Storm: Avoid Downed Trees, Power Lines

AUBURN, Ala.— After Nate passes, residents should heed safety warnings when they venture out to assess damages. Fallen trees and downed power lines are the most common reasons for power outages after a storm. Power companies do their best to clear branches from power lines, but in strong storms, it is not always enough. It is important to be aware of your surroundings, ... Read More »

Farmers Hustle to Harvest as Nate Tracks Westward, Targets Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.— A westward shift in the projected track of Tropical Storm Nate is putting Alabama producers—and their fall crops—in the line of fire. Producers in south Alabama are putting noses to the grindstone and harvesting peanuts and sweet potatoes into the night, while farmers in central Alabama focus on peanuts and recently defoliated cotton. Nate Hurries South Alabama Farmers ... Read More »

Row Crops Short Course Set for December

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is working with Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences to bring Alabama farmers the Row Crops Short Course. The short course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 12 and 13. The First Row Crops Short Course Previously, Alabama Extension faculty and agents brought producers ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Crop Escapes Major Hurricane Damage

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AUBURN, Ala.—Cotton producers are looking toward harvest in the wake of two major hurricanes that slammed into the Texas and Florida coasts. Hurricane Irma, though not originally expected to affect Alabama, hit many areas of the state with tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. For some producers, rain was a welcome sight. Other producers’ fields took a battering from strong ... Read More »

Storm Preparation Includes Farm Disaster Plans

AUBURN, Ala.— Now Tropical Storm Harvey is dropping rain across parts of Alabama.  It’s important to remember that farms in flood-prone areas, or areas where flooding is anticipated, should have an emergency plan for evacuation in case of a disaster. Farm disaster plans include planning for safety of family members and farm workers, livestock and emergency response personnel to facilitate ... Read More »

Beef Cattle Management: Early Weaning

AUBURN, Ala.—Early weaning is a technique beef cattle producers do not often use on cattle operations. However, droughty conditions may necessitate the implementation of non-traditional practices to continue normal and productive operations. “In some areas of Alabama that were hard hit by drought last year, forages are not growing well,” Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, an Alabama Extension animal scientist, said. “Producers ... Read More »

Extension Entomologists Warn Cotton Producers about Tarnished Plant Bugs

AUBURN, Ala.—The 2017 planting and growing seasons have been vastly different than the planting and growing conditions farmers contended with in 2016. From 2016’s extreme drought to 2017’s continued flash flooding, producers have struggled in the field. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Ron Smith said the 2017 season has already been distinctly different than any season he remembers. “Delayed ... Read More »

Scouting for Soybean Insect Pests

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AUBURN, Ala.—Producers are making their way back into the field after more than two weeks of heavy rains and flooding. Many producers had to decide whether to continue with a damaged crop, or to replant. For those working to save soybean crops in the field, Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Tim Reed has some insect scouting tips. Cutworms Thrips ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Sends Four Shooting Sports Teams to Nationals

AUBURN, Ala.—For the first time in Alabama 4-H history, four teams from the state are attending the shooting sports National Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska June 25-30. Shooting Sports Teams Attend Nationals The shotgun, air rifle, archery and .22 smallbore rifle teams representing the Alabama 4-H Shooting, Awareness, Fun and Education (S.A.F.E.) Shooting Sports project are slated to compete in ... Read More »