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Storage Bin Prep Essential to Proper Storage

AUBURN, Ala.—Producers are beginning corn harvest after a summer season with sweltering heat and little rainfall. Irrigated corn may have faired well, but producers with dryland corn are hoping for decent yields as they head to the field. The effort and expense in the field may be worth nothing if producers don’t spend time making storage preparations in the grain ... Read More »

Pesticide Clean Day Held in Macon County

AUBURN, Ala.— The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is partnering with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to facilitate “Clean Day” Sept. 14 in Macon County.  Clean Day provides a cost-free opportunity for farmers, pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers, pest control operators and nurserymen to dispose of up to 1,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides in a safe, environmentally sound way. Products that are ... Read More »

Extension Farm and Agribusiness Management Team Offers Farm Tax Seminar

AUBURN, Ala. — Extension’s newly formed Farm and Agribusiness Management Team will present a one-day workshop Friday, Oct. 14, for accountants who work with farmers and other agribusinesses. The Farm Tax CPE Seminar will be in Prattville at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center at Capitol Hill. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The conference center is located at 2500 ... Read More »

Fall Armyworms in North Alabama Soybeans

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AUBURN, Ala.—Fall armyworms have been a problem for most Alabama farmers in pastures and hayfields during the summer months. Alabama Extension entomologists have spotted fall armyworms in soybean fields in north Alabama. Dr. Ron Smith said armyworm numbers statewide are higher than they have been in a very long time. “The biggest issue for farmers is detecting the armyworms in time ... Read More »

Income Tax Workshops Planned for Farmers

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AUBURN, Ala.— Income tax planning can affect your profitability and financial security. To help farmers understand the impact of income tax planning, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering a series of workshops at locations around the state. Dr. Robert Tufts, an Alabama Extension attorney, will lead the workshops designed to help farmers and accountants who work with agribusiness determine ... Read More »

Soybean Looper Numbers Near Threshold Statewide

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AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologists have been watching soybean looper numbers rise for several weeks. The major outbreak entomologists warned against earlier in the summer is happening in soybean fields in south and central Alabama. Soybean loopers are also increasing in number in many north Alabama soybean fields. These are the key species triggering treatments during the third week ... Read More »

Chinch Bugs Added to Pasture Watch Lists

AUBURN, Ala.—Producers have scoured fields for weeks, watching for fall armyworms in pastures, and cotton bollworms and soybean loopers in crop fields. Extension crop specialists and entomologists have another pest to add to the watch list — chinch bugs. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Entomologist, Dr. Kathy Flanders, said chinch bugs have been reported in pearl millet and a mixed stand ... Read More »

Weed Control in Pasture Systems

AUBURN, Ala.— It’s no secret that the summers in Alabama are hot and dry. This year is no exception. Yards and pastures are suffering from heat stress. An Alabama Extension Crop Specialist has recommendations for farmers struggling with weed suppression in pasture systems. Weed Control in a Drought Dr. Steve Li said weed control during a drought is typically very ... Read More »

Foliar Disease Identification for Soybeans in Late Summer

AUBURN, Ala.— Alabama producers have long been planting soybeans in regular crop rotations. These producers go to great lengths to familiarize themselves with diseases common in soybeans. In 2015, producers dealt with 14 different diseases during the growing season. Dr. Edward Sikora, professor and  Extension plant p athologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said three different plant diseases have ... Read More »

Harvest Considerations for High Moisture Corn

AUBURN, Ala.—Corn harvest in Alabama perplexes many not familiar with the process. Harvesting field-dried corn doesn’t seem like the right course of action, often drawing many questions from the general public. An Alabama Extension agronomist based in the Wiregrass is suggesting farmers consider harvesting corn before it dries down in the field to minimize harvest losses and economical impact. Harvesting ... Read More »