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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 »

Beware of Fire Ants During Heavy Rains and Floods

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AUBURN, Ala.— Tropical storm Cindy promises to bring heavy rains to Alabama and possibly flash flooding.  When floodwaters come, humans are not the only ones looking for dry ground. In areas infested with red imported fire ants, these ants and their colonies can present a potentially serious medical threat to people and animals during and after a flood. Flood Waters ... Read More »

Diseases Still Prevalent in Alabama Corn Crop

AUBURN, Ala.—Several weeks ago, Alabama Cooperative Extension System plant pathologists confirmed the presence of Southern corn rust in corn at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center. With continued rains and several weeks of intense moisture, Alabama Extension plant pathologist Dr. Austin Hagan said producers should be scouting fields weekly in search of corn diseases. “In the past few weeks, ... Read More »

Excessive Rainfall May Cause Field Issues for Farmers

AUBURN, Ala.— Producers from all areas of Alabama have had planting or harvesting delays and are now making management decisions based on excessive rainfall. The summer months of 2016 ended in a late-season drought that devastated some row crops and forced cattle producers to make difficult management decisions. The onset of 2017 with continued droughty conditions seemed imminent until rain ... Read More »

Southern Rust Detected in South Alabama Corn

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AUBURN, Ala.— Alabama Cooperative Extension System plant pathologists have confirmed the presence of southern corn rust in a corn variety trial at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center. Alabama Extension plant pathologist Dr. Austin Hagan, said the weather patterns over the past week have been favorable for rust intensification. “The forecast calls for rain showers for the next week, ... Read More »

Slime Molds, Nostoc Appear in Yards after Heavy Rains

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 AUBURN, Ala.—Many Alabama homeowners felt the effects of torrential downpours in the garden and in their yards. Dr. Dave Han, an Alabama Extension turfgrass management specialist, said homeowners may see a plethora of strange-looking organisms popping up in the yard. “Besides the usual mushrooms, moss and algae, two strange-looking things are popping up: slime molds and Nostoc,” Han said. Slime ... Read More »

Ready, Set, Grow: Heirloom Tomatoes

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AUBURN, Ala.— Whether consumers choose to purchase their food or grow it themselves, many are interested in moving away from mass-produced items—including commercial tomato varieties. Alabama Extension Regional Agent, Hunter McBrayer said the trend brings consumers looking for more natural and sustainable foods. “Many believe heirloom tomatoes are more ‘natural’ and sustainable,” McBrayer said. “While you can save seed from ... Read More »

Recent Rain Will Likely Affect Cotton, Corn

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AUBURN, Ala.—There is no such thing as “typical” Alabama weather. From temperature dips and late frosts, to droughty conditions or more than seven inches of rain, producers in Alabama regularly deal with a wide variety of weather conditions. The end of the month of May has proven to be no different. Areas throughout the state received as much as eight inches ... Read More »