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Trade Tariffs Initiate Soybean Market Shift, Cause Concern

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by Justin Miller and Katie Nichols AUBURN, Ala.—As Farm Bill discussions continue in Washington, D.C., producers wait for the direction a new bill will bring to the agricultural sector. Without a completed Farm Bill, producers are operating on the previous bill’s prices and provisions. The trade tariffs imposed on many U.S. agricultural products have raised concerns about the future of ... Read More »

Interpreting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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AUBURN, Ala.—The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit many individuals and businesses. While most of the business changes are permanent, many individual provisions will end Dec. 31, 2025. Dr. Robert Tufts, a visiting professor with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, suggests contacting a tax professional to discuss these changes and their potential effects on individuals and businesses. Tufts ... Read More »

Odd Weather Conditions Leave Cotton Producers Concerned

AUBURN, Ala. – Weather this spring disrupted planting for cotton crops in south Alabama, leaving farmers across the Wiregrass concerned. Weather Difficulties Cool temperatures in April halted planting until early May. Hot temperatures and low rainfall in May made for difficult planting. Many growers stopped planting because of the dry conditions. When rain did arrive in late May, it rained ... Read More »

Alfalfa Mixtures Helping Extend The Growing Season

AUBURN, Ala. – Alfalfa was once a dominant forage in the Southeast. Several factors eliminated many productive alfalfa stands. Insects and the harsh environment found in the Southeast were a contributing factor in the decline in production of alfalfa. Recent work with alfalfa mixtures has revealed new opportunities for this forage. Growing Alfalfa in Alabama This legume contains high levels ... Read More »

Kelton Selected for SARE Fellows Program

Jessica Kelton was selected for the 2019 SARE Fellows Program.

AUBURN, Ala.—Jessica Kelton, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System regional extension agent, has been selected as a member of the two-year Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Fellows Program. Kelton Studies Conservation Kelton, who is also a member of the Extension farm and agribusiness management team, said she has been working with conservation practices since graduate school. The Auburn University graduate ... Read More »

Corn Earworms, Cotton Bollworms Build Resistance

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AUBURN, Ala.—The introduction of genetic engineering in cotton was game-changing for producers. Even more so was the introduction of insect-resistant genes in corn—especially for producers in the Midwest who deal with the corn rootworm. Now, entomologists and scientists are working to determine the best course of action as corn earworms and cotton bollworms develop resistance to the first, second and ... Read More »

Register for The 2018 Stocker Conference

AUBURN, Ala.—Registration for the 2018 Deep South Stocker Conference, co-hosted by Alabama Extension, is now open. The conference is set for July 13 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Hale County College and Career Academy in Greensboro, Alabama. Mississippi State University Extension and the University of Georgia Extension will also be co-hosting the ... Read More »

Timely Pest Management Resources for Farm and Garden

AUBURN, Ala.—Pest management plans allow home gardeners and farmers to minimize damage in the garden and in the field to ensure unhindered growth. Growers have long managed home gardens with traditional pest management methods. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist said there are many options in addition to traditional methods. Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, an Alabama Extension entomologist, uses a method called ... Read More »

Grasshoppers Cause Issues in Seedling Cotton

Photo of differential grasshoppers feeding on a stem. Photo by Mike Zapata, Frisco Urban Forestry Board, bugwood.org.

AUBURN, Ala.—There are beneficial insects who take up residence in cotton fields, and then there are damaging pests, like the grasshopper, who create problems for cotton producers. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist, Dr. Ron Smith, said grasshoppers have been sporadic seedling cotton pests for more than 10 years. A well-known fable about an ant and a grasshopper depicts the ant ... Read More »

Alabama Farmers Utilizing Pattern Tile Drainage

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AUBURN, Ala.—Pattern tile drainage is a practice Midwestern producers have long employed on farm operations. Now, some Alabama producers with soggy soils are laying pattern tile in hopes of more manageable land. Alabama Farmers Installing Drainage Several farmers in western and central Alabama have made pattern tile installations on-farm. Drew Wendland, of Autauga Farming Company in Autaugaville, Alabama is hopeful ... Read More »