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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 »

February Not the Time to Prune Hydrangeas

AUBURN, Alabama—February sunshine coaxes hints of green out of the cold ground, welcoming a cheery burst of blooming color to the winter landscape. While daffodils and camellias bloom and brighten, gardeners may find themselves spending more time readying the flowerbeds. Though it may be tempting, February is not the time to prune your hydrangea bushes. Understanding flower development for each ... Read More »

Auxin Herbicide Trainings Scheduled Throughout the State

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AUBURN, Alabama—Cotton and soybean varieties with resistance to several common herbicides are available to plant on farms across the country. A 2017 labeling change now requires training for all producers planning to use products containing 2,4-D or dicamba in conjunction with resistant varieties. Therefore, Alabama Cooperative Extension System crops agents and specialists will provide auxin herbicide trainings in 16 locations throughout ... Read More »

Crop Insect Pests Will Live On After Cold Weather

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AUBURN, Alabama—Like most pests plaguing the home, many crop insect pests will survive the frigid winter weather. Dr. Ron Smith, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist, said Alabama has experienced cold winters down through the ages—and insects are still here. “Most pests have a generation on wild host plants that will help to boost population numbers in the spring, so ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Offers Tax Bill Workshops for Farmers

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AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama farmers can learn more about how the new tax law affects them individually and their farming operation at tax bill workshops from Alabama Extension’s Agribusiness Management Team. After the training, farmers will be better equipped to navigate the new tax provisions. Dr. Robert Tufts, an Alabama Extension farm management specialist and attorney, will conduct the workshops at 13 ... Read More »