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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 »

Alabama 4-H Partners with Buckmasters for Youth Shooting Sports Invitational

AUBURN, Ala.— Youth archers and marksmen from across the country will compete in Alabama at a 4-H Youth Shooting Sports Invitational Tournament held in conjunction with the Buckmasters Expo August 19-21. The tournament is an outgrowth of a dynamic partnership between the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Buckmasters. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Director, Dr. Gary Lemme, said the 4-H Invitational is ... Read More »

Target Spot Management in Cotton

AUBURN, Ala.—Target Spot is a foliar disease southern farmers combat in cotton nearly every year. With dry weather in the past few years the disease has been held at bay, but irrigated cotton has suffered a substantial amount of damage no matter the weather conditions. Target spot is a true leaf spot disease. Spotting on cotton will be visible between ... Read More »

Gardeners Search for Stinkbug Control Options

AUBURN, Ala.— Gardeners deal with a myriad of pests and problems throughout the summer, some worse than others. Stinkbugs are among those pesky pests taking up residence in the garden. Alabama Cooperative Extension Gardens and Home Pests Agent, Bethany O’Rear, said stinkbugs can affect several home vegetable crops. “Stinkbugs will feed on peas, beans and okra, but are most noticeable on ... Read More »

Responsible Disease Management in Field Corn

AUBURN, Ala.— Disease management has been on the minds of Alabama producers following a wet spring and dry growing season. Alabama corn producers deal with four main foliar corn diseases. In north Alabama, gray leaf spot is a common disease, while the southern part of the state battles southern rust. In some years there are rust issues statewide, but Alabama Extension ... Read More »

Craft Breweries Seeking Alabama-Grown Grain

AUBURN, Ala.—Small towns across the country are growing hubs for craft brewers selling what some are calling “liquid art.” Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System researchers are partnering with farmers to provide craft brewers with the essentials for making an excellent brew, and barreling toward an online brewery program. Alabama Extension Plant Pathologist, Dr. Austin Hagan and his colleagues ... Read More »

Herbicide Applications Difficult in Hot, Dry Conditions

AUBURN, Ala.— The hot, dry conditions sitting stagnant over many areas of the state have farmers wishing for rain and hoping to make the best of current conditions. While crop plants suffer, weeds are still thriving and causing problems in the field. Dr. Joyce Tredaway Ducar, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System weed scientist, said it is difficult to control weeds ... Read More »