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Fall Season Brings Out Yellow Jackets

Get prepared for insects that have their second peak of activity in the fall, particularly yellow jackets. Many people encounter and experience painful stings from these wasps during outdoor activities such as tailgating. Yellow jackets are black-and-yellow social wasps. Hornets and yellow jackets are the most common wasp groups, said Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

POST-HARVEST CARE OF APPLES AND APPLE TREES

Fall apple harvest is in progress through October. About 30 to 40 varieties of apples are grown in home orchards across the state, with heirloom variety and newer, high quality varieties becoming popular. When apples are ripe for the harvest, they are picked off the trees and either immediately consumed or refrigerated. “When refrigerating, keep the temperature 32 to 35 ... Read More »

Alabama Extension’s Ortiz Recognized Nationally for Climate Change Project

Brenda Ortiz

The Southeast Climate Extension project, a large-scale partnership of six universities across the Southeast, was recently awarded the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Partnership Award for Multistate Efforts. Brenda Ortiz, an associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences and specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is part of the team whose efforts aim ... Read More »

Fall Harvest Season Presents Many Dangers on Farms

Farming Equipment

Fall harvest season is here for many farmers in Alabama. Farmers across the state are heading to their fields with huge combines and powerful tractors pulling grain wagons. “This is the most dangerous time of year in farm country, and there is an ever present danger of serious injury or death among agricultural workers,” said Dr. Jesse LaPrade, a farm ... Read More »

The Story Behind Fall Leaf Color

Fall leaves

 Leaves are beginning to change color in some sections of the South.  The color should peak around the last of October or early November, depending on how much cool weather we get between now and then. Have you ever wondered why leaves change their color in the fall? “The green color of leaves is caused by a pigment called chlorophyll, ... Read More »

Fire Safety on the Farm

Farm fires cost lives and many dollars each year in America. October is Fire Prevention Month and it is a good time to refresh fire safety rules for the farm. Fires need three things to burn – air, heat and something to set it off. Preventing this combination reduces the risk of fire. “Common causes of tractor and machinery fires ... Read More »

CONTAINER GARDENING IS VERSATILE GARDENING

If you enjoy the pleasures of gardening but don’t think you have the necessary space, think again. One of the most popular trends in gardening is container gardening. With container gardening, people with limited space can enjoy planting and landscaping normally associated with big outdoor gardens. “One of the most attractive features of container gardening is the versatility,” said Hayes ... Read More »

EFNEP Celebrates 50 Years in Alabama

What began as a pilot nutrition program in five Alabama counties in 1964, is now one of Extension’s most successful and best-documented programs. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) began in Alabama as a five-year cooperative effort called “The Pilot Project Involving Young Homemakers in Low-Income Rural Areas of Alabama.” The project, conducted in Baldwin, Calhoun, Houston, Marion ... Read More »

Annuals Add Color, Fragrance to Fall Landscapes

colorful annuals for fall

Fall is a great time to plant flowers, and there are plenty of colorful annuals to choose from, says Sallie Lee, a regional agent in Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “There are a variety of annuals that flower from fall through winter,” she says.  As gardeners become aware of flowering plants for cool season ... Read More »

Snack Attack: Snack Smarter

You know the feeling – the midmorning craving, afternoon energy slump or late-night munchies. When a snack attack hits, most people head for the nearest vending machine or refrigerator. Studies show that 75 percent of men and women eat at least one snack a day. But while snacks high in fat and sugars, such as candy bars, colas and potato ... Read More »