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Producers Warned about Red-Banded Stinkbugs in Soybeans

Red-banded stinkbugs

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama row crop producers have faced different challenges this year than they did last year. Now, in addition to late rainfall and increased native pest pressures, Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologists are warning producers about red-banded stinkbugs. Red-Banded Stinkbugs Red banded stinkbugs (RBSBs) are native to South America and have been reported as the principal stink bug pest of soybeans in Brazil ... Read More »

Climate and Crops iBook Wins ASABE Award

AUBURN, Ala.- Alabama Extension’s Climate and Crops iBook received an Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The ASABE is the home of agriculture engineers and others worldwide who work to find sustainable solutions for an ever-growing population. The Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards Competition, recognizes excellence in informational materials. These materials contribute ... Read More »

Extension Entomologists Warn Cotton Producers about Tarnished Plant Bugs

AUBURN, Ala.—The 2017 planting and growing seasons have been vastly different than the planting and growing conditions farmers contended with in 2016. From 2016’s extreme drought to 2017’s continued flash flooding, producers have struggled in the field. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Ron Smith said the 2017 season has already been distinctly different than any season he remembers. “Delayed ... Read More »

Scouting for Soybean Insect Pests

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AUBURN, Ala.—Producers are making their way back into the field after more than two weeks of heavy rains and flooding. Many producers had to decide whether to continue with a damaged crop, or to replant. For those working to save soybean crops in the field, Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Tim Reed has some insect scouting tips. Cutworms Thrips ... Read More »

Michelle Elmore Awarded BIF Continuing Service Award

AUBURN, Ala. – For more than 16 years, Michelle Elmore has dedicated her career to the betterment of the cattle industry and the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA). All those years of hard work paid off when the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Elmore a BIF Continuing Service Award. This award is presented to those who have made major ... Read More »

Diseases Still Prevalent in Alabama Corn Crop

AUBURN, Ala.—Several weeks ago, Alabama Cooperative Extension System plant pathologists confirmed the presence of Southern corn rust in corn at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center. With continued rains and several weeks of intense moisture, Alabama Extension plant pathologist Dr. Austin Hagan said producers should be scouting fields weekly in search of corn diseases. “In the past few weeks, ... Read More »

Excessive Rainfall May Cause Field Issues for Farmers

AUBURN, Ala.— Producers from all areas of Alabama have had planting or harvesting delays and are now making management decisions based on excessive rainfall. The summer months of 2016 ended in a late-season drought that devastated some row crops and forced cattle producers to make difficult management decisions. The onset of 2017 with continued droughty conditions seemed imminent until rain ... Read More »

Alabama Peach Production Takes Major Hit

AUBURN, Ala.— Alabama Cooperative Extension System fruit specialists are estimating Alabama’s peach producers are harvesting only 10 to 30 percent of their normal crop this season. A lethal combination of a low number of chill hours, recent drought conditions and a late frost have stressed peach crops across the state. Low Chill Hours Gary Gray, an Alabama Extension regional commercial horticulture agent, ... Read More »

Southern Rust Detected in South Alabama Corn

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AUBURN, Ala.— Alabama Cooperative Extension System plant pathologists have confirmed the presence of southern corn rust in a corn variety trial at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center. Alabama Extension plant pathologist Dr. Austin Hagan, said the weather patterns over the past week have been favorable for rust intensification. “The forecast calls for rain showers for the next week, ... Read More »

Recent Rain Will Likely Affect Cotton, Corn

rain corn field

AUBURN, Ala.—There is no such thing as “typical” Alabama weather. From temperature dips and late frosts, to droughty conditions or more than seven inches of rain, producers in Alabama regularly deal with a wide variety of weather conditions. The end of the month of May has proven to be no different. Areas throughout the state received as much as eight inches ... Read More »