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State’s Fruit Growers Understand Managing Cold Weather

cold weather fruit trees

AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama fruit producers are keeping their eyes on the thermometers, but professionals with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System say producers are used to dealing with cold weather. Dr. Edgar Vinson, an Alabama Extension fruit specialist who works closely with the state’s peach producers, said most are not worried about the frigid weather. “This season’s cold weather has kept peaches ... Read More »

Avoid Problems from Winter Weather

winter storm

AUBURN, Ala.—As an Arctic cold front moves in from the west, Alabama Extension offers recommendations for how to prepare for possible snow, loss of electricity and other impacts from the storm. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for much of central Alabama. NWS said the potential for light to moderate snow exists through early Wednesday. ... Read More »

Alabama Beekeeping Symposium Set for Early February

beekeeping

AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host the 23rd Annual Beekeeping Symposium in early February. Set for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, the workshop will be held at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center. “A group of outstanding speakers will cover a broad range of topics that will interest keepers from beginners to veterans,” said Dr. James Tew, beekeeping specialist ... Read More »

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Threat to Vegetable Producers

Yellowmargined leaf beetle feeding

AUBURN, Ala. – Yellowmargined leaf beetle,Microtheca ochroloma, is a major pest of brassicas across the Southeast. Crops like turnips, napa cabbage, mustard, radish and cabbages among others are vulnerable. Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, an Alabama Extension entomologist, said the pest can destroy winter crops. “It doesn’t matter whether those crops are grown in open field or under high tunnels,” he said. ... Read More »

Safeguard Data and Technology in Severe Weather

safeguard data in storms

AUBURN, Ala.–When disasters strike, individuals and businesses all too often lose important computer files. You can replace equipment, but data may be lost forever. It is important to back up your data and store it someplace besides your home or business. This will reduce stress after a disaster and enable a quicker return to normalcy. Where to Back Up You can ... Read More »

Alabama Extension: Recovery Resource for State’s Residents

recovery

AUBURN, Ala.—Irma will pass over Alabama sometime Monday most likely as a tropical storm, but the storm’s impacts will be felt by Alabama residents for the coming days, weeks and possibly months. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, reminds citizens that Alabama Extension professionals will be partners in recovery efforts. “Extension has a wealth of recovery ... Read More »

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby Visits with Alabama Extension and Auburn University Scientists

Martha Roby

HEADLAND, Ala.—U.S. Rep. Martha Roby from Alabama’s Second Congressional District met Alabama Extension and Auburn University scientists at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland Tuesday, Aug. 15. Rep. Roby said the tour emphasized the importance of agriculture in the district, which spreads from Houston County in the south to Montgomery on its northern edge. “As we prepare to ... Read More »

Alabama Extension: Improving Alabama’s Quality of Life and Economy

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Producers Warned about Red-Banded Stinkbugs in Soybeans

Red-banded stinkbugs

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama row crop producers have faced different challenges this year than they did last year. Now, in addition to late rainfall and increased native pest pressures, Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologists are warning producers about red-banded stinkbugs. Red-Banded Stinkbugs Red banded stinkbugs (RBSBs) are native to South America and have been reported as the principal stink bug pest of soybeans in Brazil ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Sets Record for Communications Awards

ACE awards

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama Extension at Auburn University won more awards from the Association for Communication Excellence than any other land-grant institution. The strongest showing was in the design of digital products including iBooks, online courses and targeted websites. ACE serves as the professional development organization for communications professionals based at land grant institutions like Auburn University. Recognizing Professional Skills “No other land-grant ... Read More »