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Weather: Ever an Obstacle for Farmers

Tractor planting cotton.

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama farmers faced cool, wet weather at the beginning of spring. This kept many farmers out of their fields for several weeks. In a twist, manageable only by Mother Nature, many producers are now hoping for rain as they begin planting cotton and soybeans. William Birdsong, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist of agronomic crops, said 2018 has been ... Read More »

Crop Budgets Released for 2018 Growing Season

AUBURN, Ala.—Successful farming requires careful planning, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System has tools to make that job easier for producers.  Extension’s annual enterprise budgets help producers make the best decisions possible for the upcoming growing season. Enterprise budgets are reasonable estimates of the costs and returns for a particular enterprise. Available worksheets include row crops, fall and winter forage crops, fruits, ... Read More »

Burndown Herbicides Affected by Low Temperatures

AUBURN, Ala.— Low temperatures stretching into March and April, with more potentially on the way, may cause issues for producers during burndown. During March and April, producers normally apply burndown herbicides to prepare to plant corn, soybeans and cotton. Dr. Joyce Tredaway, an Alabama Extension weed specialist, said this is not new for Alabama producers, as temperatures are often in ... Read More »

Give the Master Gardener Helpline a Ring

AUBURN, Alabama—Does your spring garden have you stumped? Is a question about mulch or daffodils setting you back? The Alabama Master Gardeners (MG) are standing by ready to answer questions on the Master Gardener Helpline. Call 1-877-ALA-GROW The toll-free helpline connects callers with a knowledgeable team of MG who can help answer questions. Armed with research and Alabama Cooperative Extension ... Read More »

Carinata Field Day Scheduled at E.V. Smith Field Crops Unit

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AUBURN, Alabama— A carinata field day open to growers and other agricultural industry representatives is scheduled for April 5 at 8 a.m. The field day will be held at the Field Crops Unit, on the South side of I-85 exit 26 across from the Chevron truck stop. Topics will include: Carinata production Variety trials Cropping systems Austin Hagan, an Alabama ... Read More »

Got Weeds? Weeds Affect Everyone

AUBURN, Alabama—Everyone has an interest in controlling weeds. Whether a homeowner or a farmer, weeds affect everyone. Dr. Joyce Tredaway, and Alabama Cooperative Extension System weed scientist, said her occupation draws questions from people in all walks of life. Weeds Impact Everything Tredaway said it is important to understand the impact weeds have on everyday life—from food and fiber production ... Read More »

Cover Crop Field Days Set for Central, South Alabama

AUBURN, Alabama—Dates are set for cover crop field days in central and south Alabama. Producers in the southeastern corner of Alabama will have an opportunity to attend a cover crop field day Friday, March 23, at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center (WREC) and Johnson farm. Producers in central Alabama will have a similar tour Tuesday, March 27, at E.V. ... Read More »

Extension Offers Statewide Health Management Workshops for Sheep and Goats

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NORMAL, Alabama—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs team will offer a series of sheep and goat health management workshops throughout the state from March to May. The workshop is designed to expand consumer and producer knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Topics will include tagging animals, identifying injection sites, hoof health management, the FAMACHA ... Read More »

“Harvest for Health”—Healing Gardens for Cancer Survivors

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AUBURN, Ala.—Cancer recovery can feel like a long and lonely road. For the 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the United States, daily struggles are a reality. Auburn University’s Department of Horticulture, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Home Grounds Team, Alabama Master Gardeners and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center have partnered together to ... Read More »

Produce Safety Alliance Training Workshops Continue

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will continue conducting Produce Safety Alliance training workshops in April and May. A new produce safety rule focusing on setting the first-ever federal regulatory standards for production, harvest and handling of fruits and vegetables will subject growers to inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. The ... Read More »