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Pesticide Applicator University Set for Oct. 26-27

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Green Industry Training Center will host the Pesticide Applicator University, a comprehensive continuing education program for people who have commercial applicator permits, Oct. 26 and 27 at the Opelika Grand National Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika. Dr. Sonja Thomas, coordinator of Alabama Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program, said this conference ... Read More »

Armyworms Causing Headaches for Homeowners

fall armyworms

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama farmers have been battling fall armyworms in their pastures since July, and now the pest is giving homeowners headaches. Dr. Dave Han, a turf specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says 2016 is an above average year for fall armyworms in lawns and turfgrasses. “They attack a wide variety of plants, including home turf,” said Han. “Bermudagrass ... Read More »

Cotton Bollworms and Soybean Loopers Coming on Strong

cotton bollworms

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama row crop farmers need to be actively scouting their crops for two perennial pests, cotton bollworms and soybean loopers. Dr. Tim Reed, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says traps are capturing increased numbers of adults of both species. “We are seeing more cotton bollworm moths in pheromone traps in some central and south Alabama counties ... Read More »

Nitrate Toxicity: Problem across Dry South

nitrate toxicity cattle grazing weedy pasture

AUBURN, Ala.— Nitrate toxicity in cattle is a growing threat across southeastern states battling drought. An animal scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says drought is increasing the chance for livestock forages to develop elevated nitrate levels. Dr. Kim Mullenix says that nitrates can accumulate in forages when plants are stressed by low soil moisture, high temperatures or low humidity. ... Read More »

Beef Basics iBook–Cattle Producers’ Newest Tool

beef basics

AUBURN, AL— Cattle are big business in Alabama with a value of $2.5 billion. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s new iBook, “Beef Basics,” will help the state’s cattle producers boost their bottom line. An Alabama Extension animal scientist calls “Beef Basics” an exciting new tool for Alabama cattle producers. “The Beef Basics iBook is a great resource that producers, supporters ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Scientist Explains Advisory Issued for Several Alabama Water Systems

drinking water

AUBURN, Ala.—A scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says that the health advisory issued by the Environmental Protection Agency related to several Alabama water systems focuses on two compounds, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA). The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have identified several water systems in north Alabama that had ... Read More »

Protecting Backyard Chickens from Disease

Backyard Chickens

AUBURN, Ala.–The popularity of raising your own backyard chickens continues to grow. A poultry scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says it is vital that people with backyard flocks do their part to reduce disease spread. Dr. Joe Hess, an Alabama Extension specialist who works with both large commercial poultry producers as well as with backyard poultry hobbyists, says ... Read More »

4-H Give to Grow Generosity-Chelsey Holland

Brundidge, Ala.—When Pike County 4-Her Chelsey Holland was 14 years old she became a philanthropist. She started “Runway of Hope” to raise awareness of children suffering from disabilities, chronic or life threatening illnesses and for those who may have lost an individual due to these illness. “Generosity is important because first and foremost it tells others who you are inside and out. You are plentiful for ... Read More »

Rainwater Harvesting Could Revolutionize Poultry Industry

Rainwater harvesting

AUBURN, Ala.—Raising broiler chickens takes water—a lot of water. But rainwater harvesting could substantially reduce Alabama poultry growers’ dependence on municipal water sources or well water and reduce growers’ annual water bill by as much as $16,000 or more and pay for itself in as few as four to five years. Dr. Gene Simpson, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Has New Gardening Tool

gardening iBook

AUBURN, Ala. – Warm weather lures gardeners and homeowners to garden centers and large home improvement retailers like moths to a flame. But adding new plants to the landscape without planning can cause problems. But the latest addition to Alabama Extension’s “Gardening in the South” iBook series can solve that problem for trees, shrubs and plants that are year-round elements in the ... Read More »