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Aquaponics 101 Teachers Workshop Scheduled June 6-10

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  Auburn, Alabama—With more emphasis than ever before on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, members of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University faculty will hold an Aquaponics/Aquaculture 101 professional development workshop for teachers, June 6 to 10, at Auburn University. The workshop will be at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center in north Auburn, located at 2101 ... Read More »

Pregnancy Examinations Valuable Tool for Beef Producers

AUBURN, Ala.—Beef cattle producers in Alabama work diligently to maintain healthy and productive herds. Difficult management decisions are made on a daily basis in order to keep the farm fruitful and functioning. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Veterinarian Dr. Soren Rodning said pregnancy examinations are an important management tool that may improve the reproductive efficiency of a beef herd and reduce ... Read More »

Controlled Breeding Season Beneficial for Cattle Producers

AUBURN, Ala.—Producers have access to many tools to improve herd health and productivity, but setting a predetermined breeding and calving season may prove to be a beneficial choice both economically and logistically. Alabama Extension Animal Science and Forages specialist, Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, said environmental conditions and labor are important considerations when making decisions regarding breeding and calving seasons. “A calving ... Read More »

Cover Crop Residue May Provide Thrips Control

AUBURN, Ala.—Cotton fields in the south are ravaged by thrips each year. While there are seed treatments available to producers for thrips control, many fields still see moderate thrips damage. Alabama Cooperative Extension researchers are beginning the second year of trials to study the use of cover crop residue as a deterrent for thrips. Retired Extension Entomologist Dr. Ron Smith ... Read More »

Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds

AUBURN, Ala. – Herbicide resistant weeds are a growing problem for row crop farmers. Dr. Joyce Tredaway Ducar, an Alabama Extension weed scientist, said scouting fields is critical. “Scouting is the only way to know which weeds are present, and their patterns in the field can help to understand why they are present,” said Tredaway Ducar. Adding scouting to your ... Read More »

Alabama Strawberry Production: A Sweet Business

AUBURN, Ala. – Strawberries may not be big business in Alabama, but it is a sweet one. According to Doug Chapman, an Alabama Extension regional commercial horticulture agent, compared to larger producing states such as Florida, Alabama’s production size is minuscule. “If you looked at the land allotted to strawberry production, strawberry acreage in Alabama would not exceed 200 acres ... Read More »

Successful Calving Seasons Require Planning

AUBURN, Ala.—Successful calving seasons are a direct result of detailed planning and hard work. Most producers in Alabama have spring or fall calving seasons, as the weather is better suited for young calves. Dr. Soren Rodning, Alabama Cooperative Extension System veterinarian, said observation of cows and heifers before and during calving season is necessary to ensure the health and safety ... Read More »

Kudzu: Invasive Vine of the Southeast

AUBURN, AL—In the southeastern region of the United States, kudzu is one of the most well-known plants. The invasive vine is known for its rapid growth and its ability to kill or suppress surrounding vegetation through heavy shading. Invasive species are introduced into a region either intentionally or unintentionally. The growth of these species can harm the environment, economy and even ... Read More »

Pollen…but why?

Auburn, Ala.—When spring rolls around, people’s allergies flare up and pollen is usually to blame. However, pollen is a necessity in nature that people cannot live without.  The sole purpose of pollen is to reproduce the plant. “If we don’t have pollen floating through the air, then the ovules in the female part of the flower are not fertilized, so they do not ... Read More »

Spring: Prime Time for Kudzu Bugs

Auburn, AL—Residential and rural areas will soon be filled with kudzu bugs making a comeback from their overwintering sites. Alabama Extension Entomologist Xing Ping Hu, said there are several ways for kudzu bugs to bother homeowners. “Kudzu bugs are a nuisance that invades homes, yards and landscapes,” Hu  said. “They are more problematic in later fall when they seek protected ... Read More »