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Craft Breweries Seeking Alabama-Grown Grain

AUBURN, Ala.—Small towns across the country are growing hubs for craft brewers selling what some are calling “liquid art.” Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System researchers are partnering with farmers to provide craft brewers with the essentials for making an excellent brew, and barreling toward an online brewery program. Alabama Extension Plant Pathologist, Dr. Austin Hagan and his colleagues ... Read More »

Herbicide Applications Difficult in Hot, Dry Conditions

AUBURN, Ala.— The hot, dry conditions sitting stagnant over many areas of the state have farmers wishing for rain and hoping to make the best of current conditions. While crop plants suffer, weeds are still thriving and causing problems in the field. Dr. Joyce Tredaway Ducar, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System weed scientist, said it is difficult to control weeds ... Read More »

Do Your Part to Protect Pollinators

beekeeping symposium

Auburn, Ala.— In the spirit of National Pollinator Week, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System salutes pollinators everywhere who are irreplaceable pieces of the puzzle in gardens, cropland and flowerbeds. Where would we be without pollinators? Bees are more than honey-makers and hive builders. Bees are essential to the most important part of the food chain—pollination. Importance of Pollinators Urban Extension Agent, Sallie Lee, said ... Read More »

Trapping Necessary to Control Wild Hogs

Auburn, Ala.—Wild hogs are wreaking havoc on landowners in Alabama. The consistent spread and steady population increase presents a problem for both farmers and foresters. Spenser Bradley, an Alabama Extension agent specializing in forestry, wildlife and natural resource management, said hogs are a growing problem due in part to the difficult nature of hog population control. Wild Hogs are Difficult to ... Read More »

Alabama Producers Add Canola to Rotations

AUBURN, Ala.—Golden fields lined rural highways in central and northern parts of the state this spring as producers add canola to crop rotations. Alabama Extension Crop Specialist, Dr. Dennis Delaney said farmers are incorporating the crop in part because of its resistance to diseases that have caused issues in fields in north Alabama, but also because of benefits to soil ... Read More »

Fire Ant Stings Can Be Deadly

SELMA, Ala.—An Alabama woman recently died of anaphylactic shock after sustaining numerous fire ant stings. Allergic reactions to fire ant bites are rare, but require immediate medical attention. Fire Ant Stings May Cause Anaphylactic Shock More than one fire ant sting can result in serious medical problems, even in people with normal immune systems. While most people can tolerate stings, ... Read More »

Scouting Essential for Row Crop Farmers

AUBURN, Ala.—Insect scouting should begin in the field as soon as plants emerge. Determining the plant stand at emergence can help the farmer get a better idea of issues facing the crop. Regional Extension Agent, Rudy Yates, said plant stands may be affected by a number of problems—insect pests, disease pathogens, soil crusting, flooding and wildlife. “Check your fields weekly,” ... Read More »

Wild Pigs Growing Problem in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala.—Wild pigs have inhabited Alabama’s forests for decades, but years of suitable habitat, ample food sources and rapid reproduction have dealt landowners throughout the state a low blow. Woodlands aren’t the only areas taking a hit; farmers are dealing with hog damage in crop and pasture land. Alabama Cooperative Extension Forestry and Wildlife Specialist, Dr. Mark Smith, said the ... Read More »

Farmers Fight Low Prices with Diversification, Crop Rotations

AUBURN, Ala. — In recent years, farmers have seen record high and low prices for all things sold in the agricultural market. Market prices rely on worldwide supply and demand, so production on the world scale hits home for Alabama producers when prices stay low and cost of production remains high. Producers throughout the country are making adjustments on the ... Read More »

Grow A Perfect Tomato

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AUBURN, Ala.—Tomato plants are a staple in any backyard or container garden. Some growers prefer smaller, early ripening varieties, while others prefer bigger tomatoes—ready later in the season. Regardless of personal preference, Marcus Garner, Alabama Cooperative Extension urban regional agent said the most important tomato-growing consideration is the temperature and weather. “Often times we are so preoccupied with getting our ... Read More »