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Smith Recognized for Excellence in Cotton IPM

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AUBURN, Alabama—Dr. Ron Smith, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist, was recognized at the 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conference for his outstanding contributions to the cotton industry through integrated pest management (IPM). Awarded since 2012, the Recognition Award for Excellence in Cotton Integrated Pest Management recognizes an individual in research, extension or industry. Previous winners have included three individuals holding “industry” ... Read More »

Farmers Utilize Cover Crops

AUBURN, Alabama— For as many years as farmers have worked the land, they have sought ways to conserve soil and resources. Researchers and producers alike are continually searching for ways to improve soil quality, increase productivity and build erosion control. Cover crops are widely planted to benefit the upcoming crop, as well as for soil improvements. Alabama Cooperative Extension Specialist Dr. ... Read More »

Wiregrass Cotton Expo Slated for February

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DOTHAN, Alabama—The annual Wiregrass Cotton Expo is set for Feb. 2 at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama. The cost-free expo will include an exhibitor show and various cotton management presentations from Alabama Extension specialists, seed companies, Florida’s state climatologist and the Alabama Cotton Commission. The luncheon speaker is Dr. Don Shurley, an Extension economist with the University ... Read More »

Cold Snap Won’t Faze Insect Pests

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AUBURN, Alabama—If the recent cold snap had hopes of an insect-free season springing to mind, think again. Even after a week of frigid temperatures—uncharacteristic even for Alabama winters—insects will likely survive. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist said insects are not usually susceptible to cold temperatures. “Some crops, fruit trees and even livestock animals may fall prey to ... Read More »

Alabama Producers Growing Carinata for Biofuel

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AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama growers are sowing the seeds of a new biofuel oil crop this winter. Brassica carinata, informally known as carinata, is similar to canola (Brassica napus L.)—a crop many producers introduced to rotations several years ago. An oilseed crop, carinata seed is larger than millet and smaller than sorghum. Canola was grown and crushed for food-grade oils, but carinata is ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Hosts Precision Ag Workshop

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AUBURN, Alabama—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host the year’s first precision agriculture workshop Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. While producers continue to adopt new farming technologies, Alabama Extension professionals are committed to working alongside them with industry partners to expand their practical knowledge and increase adoption. Previously held at E.V. Smith ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Yields Third Highest in History

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AUBURN, Alabama—Despite a year with a multitude of challenges in the field, Alabama cotton yields are currently estimated to be the third highest in state history. Cotton production this year is up 18 percent from 2016 production. Alabama Cooperative Extension System economist Max Runge said this increase stems primarily from a 25 percent increase in harvested acreage over 2016. “Given ... Read More »

December is Primetime for Chinese Privet Control

AUBURN, Ala. — Chinese privet is commonly found as an ornamental throughout the southeastern United States, but it is an invasive species in the region’s woodlands. December is an optimal time to control Chinese privet. At this time, hardwoods are dormant and will avoid injury from herbicides. Chinese privet is a single to multi-stemmed shrub with dark green leaves that ... Read More »

Alabama Extension to Host Precision Ag Workshop in January

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AUBURN, Alabama—Agricultural technologies are evolving, and producers are evolving alongside. The days of horse and buggy are a thing of the past as farmers seek to be more productive and sustainable on fewer acres. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System recognizes the need to grow and is working with industry partners to conduct workshops to educate farmers. Extension professionals will host ... Read More »

‘Orange’ You Glad Alabama Grows Satsumas

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 AUBURN, Alabama —The holiday season is a reminder to Alabama residents that Satsumas are ripe for the picking. Alabama Cooperative Extension System regional agent James Miles said producers in south Alabama have been harvesting Satsumas for nearly four weeks. Peak harvest season comes between Thanksgiving and Christmas, making Satsumas a yummy gift or an easy grab in the grocery store. ... Read More »