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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 »

Cherokee County 4-H’ers Place 5th in National Competition

AUBURN, Ala.— For more than 100 years, Alabama 4-H has helped young people develop into resourceful citizens and responsible leaders. The Cherokee County 4-H Livestock Quizbowl team is an example of the excellence Alabama 4-H fosters through excellent volunteers and Extension personnel. Cherokee County 4-H livestock quizbowl team members returned victorious from the National 4-H Livestock Quizbowl on Sept. 24. The team competed ... Read More »

Producers Pod Blasting to Determine Peanut Maturity

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AUBURN, Ala.— Pod blasting is an improved method farmers use to determine optimum peanut maturity for harvest. For many years, peanut producers used the pod scraping method, where pocketknives—or other sharp objects—were used to scrape away the outer layers of the shell. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Peanut Research Associate, Kris Balkcom, said the widely adopted use of lightweight pressure washers ... Read More »

Alabama Soybean Harvest Considerations

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  AUBURN, Ala.— Soybean harvest has begun in some areas of Alabama, and harvesting will continue to increase as producers move toward the month of October. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System crop specialist said soybean harvest often sneaks up on busy producers. Making preparations for soybean harvest ahead of time may save producers time and money down the road. Physiological Maturity ... Read More »

Alabama Fall Crop Outlook

AUBURN, Ala.—Farming is not for the faint of heart. Many are the varying factors that play a part in good growing seasons and high yields. Producers deal with pest pressures, weed issues, too much—or not enough—rainfall and a plethora of variables on a daily basis during the growing season. There are a number of crops grown between the northern and ... Read More »