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Water Conservation Still Vital

AUBURN, Ala.— Farmers and residents alike welcomed rains across Alabama, but an Alabama Extension water resource expert says one rain does not break a drought. Dr. Eve Brantley says the drought will persist and water conservation is necessary. Will 2-3 Inches Make a Dent? While two to 3 inches of rain is a start, all Alabama counties will continue to have ... Read More »

Moving Forward After the Storm

AUBURN, Ala.—Recent severe weather in northeast Alabama took lives and damaged property. For those beginning clean up and recovery efforts, Alabama Extension professionals have some tips to share. Dealing with Stress After a Storm Restoring homes and property after storm can be emotionally taxing and stressful. Be patient. This applies to family members and to workers helping with storm cleanup. Recovery takes time. ... Read More »

After the Storm: Avoid Downed Trees, Power Lines

AUBURN, Ala.—The first rain falling on drought-stricken Alabama came with strong winds, heavy rains and severe weather. Authorities are reporting at least three casualties and six critical injuries in northeast Alabama after storms hit over night. Fallen trees and downed power lines are the most common reasons for power outages after a storm. Power companies do their best to clear ... Read More »

Farm City Day Connects Students To Agricultural Roots

AUTAUGAVILLE, Ala.—For more than sixty years, counties throughout Alabama have celebrated Farm City Week. Different events designed to bring rural and urban communities together happen throughout the state during the month of November. The 2016 Farm City Week theme is “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.” Farm City Day Field Trip Extension offices throughout the state are active participants in ... Read More »

Extension Specialists Encouraging Farmers to Sign Up for Assistance Programs

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals are encouraging livestock producers to sign up for the Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). Ken Kelley, a farm and agribusiness management agent, is encouraging producers to sign up for assistance through local FSA offices. “More than half of the state is eligible for assistance from the FSA,” Kelley said. “With widespread drought, ... Read More »

2016 Corn and Wheat Short Course to be Held in Auburn

AUBURN, Ala.—The 2016 Alabama Corn and Wheat Short Course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 12-13. Presenters from Auburn University, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, other land grant universities including Kansas State University, University of Kentucky, University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University and University of Georgia, as well as private companies, will address a ... Read More »

Soybeans Shattering in Fields Throughout Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.—The drought plaguing crops in Alabama has put producers in precarious positions as they harvest cotton, soybeans and peanuts this fall. Soybean producers throughout the state have reported issues with pod shattering, as they harvest in record-breaking dry conditions. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Soybean Specialist, Dr. Dennis Delaney, said soybean pod shattering is a result of droughty conditions throughout ... Read More »

Screwworm Outbreak in Florida, Alabama Producers Urged to Keep Watch

AUBURN, Ala.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed three New World screwworm cases in Florida last week. Three Wild Key Deer on a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida are the first locally confirmed cases of New World screwworms in more than three decades. In 2007 and 2010, dogs from Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela were ... Read More »

Brodbeck Cycles in Tour de Trees

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AUBURN, Ala. — Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals are dedicated to their work, whether in or out of the office. One Alabama Extension agent is taking dedication and awareness to another level with a six-day, 610-mile bike ride. Beau Brodbeck, a regional forestry, wildlife and natural resources agent based in Baldwin County, has been gearing up for the trip with months ... Read More »

Fall Busy Time for Farmers, Cotton Harvest In Progress

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AUBURN, Ala. — For many Alabama farmers, fall is filled with weeks of harvesting crops. Corn, peanuts, cotton and soybeans are all harvested during the fall. With corn harvest completed and an ongoing peanut harvest, other producers are switching gears and heading to the cotton picker. Statewide Cotton Update Dr. Trey Cutts, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System cotton specialist, said producers are harvesting ... Read More »