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Precision Planter Clinic Set for Nov. 30

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension is set to host a precision planter clinic Nov. 30 at the E.V. Smith Research Center Conference Facility. The clinic will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Dr. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist, said that this clinic will assist farmers in keeping up with modern planting technologies. “The adoption ... Read More »

Ag Outlook Meetings Scheduled Across Alabama

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold a series of Alabama Agriculture Outlook meetings across the state in December and January. The Farm and Agribusiness Management team will update farmers, producers and agribusiness owners on the current agricultural situation in the state, as well as expectations for 2018. The meetings will look at key elements of the state’s agriculture and ... Read More »

Boiled peanuts, a southern tailgating tradition

AUBURN, Ala. – Football season is back in full swing, bringing another southern tradition along with it – boiled peanuts. “They’re just part of tailgating,” said Jimmy Jones, county Extension coordinator for Henry County. Boiled peanuts are not only good for gameday. They are historically and economically important to agriculture, especially in the Southeast. Peanuts grow best in sandy soil, which ... Read More »

Be Safe This Harvest Season–Tractor Safety Tips

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Auburn, Alabama — Harvest season hustles on in Alabama. Jimmy Jones, Alabama Cooperative Extension System coordinator in Henry County, offers a few important safety reminders for all tractor operators and farm families during harvest season. Farmers have likely heard these safety tips before, but they are important to remember. 1. One Seat, One Driver This rule is important to remember for both children ... Read More »

Farmers Hustle to Harvest as Nate Tracks Westward, Targets Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.— A westward shift in the projected track of Tropical Storm Nate is putting Alabama producers—and their fall crops—in the line of fire. Producers in south Alabama are putting noses to the grindstone and harvesting peanuts and sweet potatoes into the night, while farmers in central Alabama focus on peanuts and recently defoliated cotton. Nate Hurries South Alabama Farmers ... Read More »

Row Crops Short Course Set for December

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is working with Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences to bring Alabama farmers the Row Crops Short Course. The short course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 12 and 13. The First Row Crops Short Course Previously, Alabama Extension faculty and agents brought producers ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Crop Escapes Major Hurricane Damage

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AUBURN, Ala.—Cotton producers are looking toward harvest in the wake of two major hurricanes that slammed into the Texas and Florida coasts. Hurricane Irma, though not originally expected to affect Alabama, hit many areas of the state with tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. For some producers, rain was a welcome sight. Other producers’ fields took a battering from strong ... Read More »

Citrus Greening Affecting Alabama Citrus

AUBURN, Ala. – Citrus greening, a bacterial disease, has been detected in Alabama. During an Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) annual survey, inspectors identified two trees in a residential landscape in Mobile County with the disease. Now detected in Baldwin County, more surveys are now ongoing by the ADAI to determine the extent of the problem. Citrus Industry ... Read More »

Ornamental Cabbages Offer Fall Color

Ornamental cabbage is a closely related to the common cabbage that we eat on a regular basis. It is easily grown in rich and consistently moist loam in the sun, but there are other ways to grow it. Read More »

Produce Safety Alliance Trainings Set in Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.–The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will conduct Produce Safety Alliance Training for fruit and vegetable growers. The training will focus on produce safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The PSA Grower Training course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. The new Produce Safety Rule means safer produce for customers. Produce (fruits-nuts, fungi vegetables, ... Read More »