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Farmers Fight Low Prices with Diversification, Crop Rotations

AUBURN, Ala. — In recent years, farmers have seen record high and low prices for all things sold in the agricultural market. Market prices rely on worldwide supply and demand, so production on the world scale hits home for Alabama producers when prices stay low and cost of production remains high. Producers throughout the country are making adjustments on the ... Read More »

Determining adequate stands for cotton, peanuts or soybeans

soybean stands

AUBURN, Ala. — What is an adequate stand? A grower must maintain healthy and uniform stands to increase the chances of a healthy planting season but how does the grower know what an adequate stand is? For peanuts, cotton and soybeans, the answer to that question is similar in some areas and different in others. Good soil moisture and temperature ... Read More »

David Cline Awarded President’s National Volunteer Service Award

Auburn, Alabama – David Cline, an Extension specialist in aquatic resources at Auburn University is one of 125 volunteers recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award is a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service by Winrock International. Cline, contributed 144 hours of volunteer service on international assignments for Winrock’s U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program ... Read More »

Producers Going Soilless to Grow Vegetables

  AUBURN, Ala. – How do your vegetables grow?  Increasingly, some produce is grown hydroponically. Commercial hydroponic production is not as common as livestock or row crop production in Alabama, but hydroponically produced leafy greens and tomatoes are extremely popular in several Alabama restaurants and dining facilities. The term “hydroponically produced” means the produce was grown in a media such as rock wool, ... Read More »

Rainwater Harvesting Could Revolutionize Poultry Industry

Rainwater harvesting

AUBURN, Ala.—Raising broiler chickens takes water—a lot of water. But rainwater harvesting could substantially reduce Alabama poultry growers’ dependence on municipal water sources or well water and reduce growers’ annual water bill by as much as $16,000 or more and pay for itself in as few as four to five years. Dr. Gene Simpson, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

Aquaponics 101 Teachers Workshop Scheduled June 6-10

photo by David Cline

  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 »