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The Buzz on Backyard Beekeeping

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AUBURN, Ala. — Backyard beekeeping has caught the attention of homeowners and gardeners across the United States, following in the wake of the Green Revolution and Eat Local movements. With the colony collapse disasters in 2006 leaving honeybee populations at an all-time low, gardeners decided to take matters into their own hands by planting pollinator gardens and becoming backyard beekeepers. ... Read More »

Beating Fire Ants This Fall

Falling into fall sounds like a great idea — unless falling includes a run in with the Imported Fire Ant. Pest-proofing your home is a multi-step process that includes treating outdoor areas as well as indoor areas. The following five tips can help you and your family avoid unwanted visitors this fall. Fall is a great time to treat fire ... Read More »

Food Friday: Brunswick Stew

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This week’s Food Friday features a recipe, shared for more than 30 years by Alabama Extension employees. Brunswick stew is great for supper on a cool fall night. With the cooler mornings and evenings many throughout the state have seen — we say give it a go! Brunswick stew can be served immediately, but it is also an easy meal to ... Read More »

Food Friday: Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

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With school back in full swing, suppertime schedules are just as crazy as school days. If you are looking for something delicious and easy to prepare, try poppy seed chicken! Poppy seed chicken casserole is a southern favorite. Packed with chicken and topped with crushed crackers—there is no going wrong with this recipe! For a quick preparation, boil chicken breasts the night before ... Read More »

Farmers Fighting Pest Pressures in Crops

Fall armyworm. John C. French Sr., Retired, Universities:Auburn, GA, Clemson and U of MO, Bugwood.org

Farmers in Alabama have worked hard to protect crops from a number of pests that have caused significant damage this summer. Most crop pests are the typical invaders — fall armyworms, beet armyworms, tobacco budworms and corn earworm — while others are newer to Alabama crops, like the spotted wing drosophila and sugarcane aphid.  Pest Pressure Update Dr. Kelly Palmer, Pest ... Read More »

Food Friday: Cheese Straws

The upcoming fall season holds events of every kind for families and friends. Fall is a popular time for family gatherings, parties, football tailgates and showers for new babies and new couples. What is on your menu? Fruits, punch, nuts and sweets are delicious, but every shower needs a platter of homemade cheese straws! If there isn’t a recipe you ... Read More »

Alabama Farmers Growing Sesame

Growing Sesame seeds

Producers across Alabama are trying their hand growing sesame, a crop that first hit the fields in the sixties. Sesame is a non-traditional crop growers have begun incorporating into seasonal rotations. History Alabama Extension specialists experimented with a sesame variety that posed a harvest problem as a rotation in the 1960s. Because of the difficulty harvesting and keeping seed in ... Read More »

Steer Clear of Touch-Me-Nots

Auburn, AL –Southern summers are the annual itchy time for many folks that enjoy the outdoors. Good outdoorsmen know what to do if a snake is spotted and have plans in place for contact with an unhappy wild animal, but wildlife is only part of the issue to consider when spending time in the great outdoors. Poison ivy and poison oak ... Read More »

Food Friday: School Lunches

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School is back in full swing! There’s nothing better than starting the school year with a lunch you can be proud of, packed with delicious foods the kids will love. One way to help ensure an active mind is to eat a healthy meal packed with proteins and other essential vitamins and minerals. Check out these easy-to-make, packable lunches, or ... Read More »

Sugarcane Aphids Feed on Alabama Grain Sorghum

Growers throughout the southern U.S. are trying to ward off a new crop pest as sugarcane aphids make their way to fields of grain sorghum in Alabama for the second year in a row. The pests were first found in the U.S. in 1977 in Florida and appeared in Louisiana in 1999. New research indicates that the aphids in Florida and ... Read More »