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Recent Rain Will Likely Affect Cotton, Corn

rain corn field

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 »

Alabama Fruit Crop Braves Cold Temperatures

AUBURN, Ala.—Exceptionally low temperatures in mid-March were worrisome for peach, blueberry and strawberry producers. With portions of North Alabama sinking into the low 20s and Central and South Alabama slipping below 30 degrees, producers and Alabama Extension agents feared for the future of spring berry and fruit crops. Temperatures Did Not Ruin Peach Crop Gary Gray, a commercial horticulture agent with ... Read More »

Hybrid Sorghum Varieties Available for Growers

sugarcane aphid resistant hybrid varieties

AUBURN, Ala.—The battle between Alabama sorghum growers and sugarcane aphid infestations has raged for several years. Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals working with industry partners have worked diligently to determine the best courses of action for southern sorghum growers. The Sorghum Checkoff program recently released a list of hybrid sorghum varieties known to be resistant to sugarcane aphids. Alabama Extension ... Read More »

Freezing Temperatures Threaten Strawberry, Peach Crops

peach orchard

AUBURN, Ala.—The threat of freezing temperatures in Alabama quickly shifted strawberry and peach growers from production mode into protection mode. Producers of both fruits are making preparations to protect their crops from frost and freezing temperatures. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Commercial Horticulturist, Dr. Elina Coneva, specializes in commercial fruit crops production. Coneva said growers throughout the state are implementing protective measures ... Read More »

Corn Nematodes: Silent Yield Thieves

AUBURN, Ala.—Corn nematodes in Alabama are a problem many growers are not aware of. The nematodes feed on roots, and cause symptoms similar to those of soil fertility disorders. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Entomologist and Plant Pathologist, Dr. Austin Hagan, said nematodes can cause slow corn seedling growth and plant discoloration. “We have problems with nematodes in corn each year,” ... Read More »

4-H’ers Raise Money for 15,000 Days of Clean Drinking Water

GADSDEN, Ala.—Clean drinking water is something many Americans take for granted. While we drink, wash dishes and bathe in clean water on a daily basis, many people around the world are searching for clean water to drink. Bea Jai Merriman, a 4-H Agent Assistant in Etowah County, brings 4-H to Hokes Bluff students in grades four through 12. Merriman works closely ... Read More »

Extension Agent Cultivates Community at Senior Living Facility

DOTHAN, Ala.—A garden is a place for people of all ages to gather, share community and interact with one another. Regional Alabama Extension Agent Lucy Edwards is cultivating a community of gardeners at Glen East Apartments in Dothan, Alabama. This is Edwards’ first year to work with the seniors at Glen East. Raised bed gardens were built for seniors to ... Read More »

February Not the Time to Prune Hydrangeas

AUBURN, Ala.—The month of February brings blooms of many different shapes and sizes, a sure sign spring is around the corner. While daffodils and camellias are blooming in bright colors, gardeners may find themselves spending more time readying the flowerbeds. While it may be tempting, February is not the time to prune your hydrangea bushes. Understanding flower development for each ... Read More »

Scouting for Small Grain Insects During Winter

AUBURN, Ala.—Responsible crop management is one of the most important aspects of row crop farming. Producers need to correctly identify and scout for insect, disease, and other problems in order to choose appropriate management strategies. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Entomologist, Dr. Kathy Flanders, said there are two primary insects to look for in small grains this winter: aphids and Hessian ... Read More »

Control Erosion after a Wildfire

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama is home to beautiful forests and hundreds of woodland creatures. The extreme drought settled into the south has wreaked havoc on the forest homes of woodland creatures. Wildfires have run rampant in the state with 1,721 fires burning more than 20,000 acres since the first of October. Alabama’s Tennessee neighbors are currently fighting fires that have destroyed homes, ... Read More »