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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 »

Protect Pastures from Fire Ants

AUBURN, Ala.—From the field to the pasture, fire ants cause issues for producers on many levels. Surprisingly, the biggest issue they cause is damage to equipment. This not only cost farmers time but there is also the cost of the labor and repair. Dr. Fudd Graham, an Alabama Extension entomologist, said the first step to treatment is determining the level ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Hosts Cotton and Soybean Scouting School

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AUBURN, Ala.—Producers will have an opportunity to brush up on insect scouting techniques at the annual cotton and soybean “scouting school” workshops. The Alabama Cooperative Extension crops team is hosting the scouting school series in three locations throughout the state. Scouting School Producers have attended scouting school since the arrival of the boll weevil. The first cotton scout scoured the ... Read More »

Corn Producers Experience Setbacks from Stubby Root Nematodes

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AUBURN, Ala.—Gardeners say ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ While these showers may bring flowers for gardeners, it can cause problems for corn producers. In corn fields, wet weather in April is a recipe for nematode problems—specifically cotton root knot and stubby root nematodes. The root knot nematode is a pest that affects both cotton and corn. Dr. Austin Hagan, an ... Read More »

Weather: Ever an Obstacle for Farmers

Tractor planting cotton.

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama farmers faced cool, wet weather at the beginning of spring. This kept many farmers out of their fields for several weeks. In a twist, manageable only by Mother Nature, many producers are now hoping for rain as they begin planting cotton and soybeans. William Birdsong, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist of agronomic crops, said 2018 has been ... Read More »