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Chinch Bugs Added to Pasture Watch Lists

AUBURN, Ala.—Producers have scoured fields for weeks, watching for fall armyworms in pastures, and cotton bollworms and soybean loopers in crop fields. Extension crop specialists and entomologists have another pest to add to the watch list — chinch bugs. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Entomologist, Dr. Kathy Flanders, said chinch bugs have been reported in pearl millet and a mixed stand ... Read More »

Drought Conditions Make it Difficult for Horses

horse droughts

AUBURN, Ala. – Droughts can make things difficult for horses because of the high temperatures, limited water sources and scarce forages. Dr. Courteney Holland, an Alabama Extension animal science specialist, said that there are ways to help horses maintain good health despite severe weather. Scouting and Evaluating Pasture  If pastures have limited or a poor quality of forages, producers should ... Read More »

Tax Implications of Selling Cattle During Drought

cattle sale tax

AUBURN, Ala. – Cattle producers in north Alabama are facing drought conditions. In extreme cases of drought, producers may have to reduce their herd size to take the stress off their pasture. Selling such a large number of cattle at one time can raise concerns about the tax consequences from these sales. Producers are often looking for ways to postpone ... Read More »

Weed Control in Pasture Systems

AUBURN, Ala.— It’s no secret that the summers in Alabama are hot and dry. This year is no exception. Yards and pastures are suffering from heat stress. An Alabama Extension Crop Specialist has recommendations for farmers struggling with weed suppression in pasture systems. Weed Control in a Drought Dr. Steve Li said weed control during a drought is typically very ... Read More »

Foliar Disease Identification for Soybeans in Late Summer

AUBURN, Ala.— Alabama producers have long been planting soybeans in regular crop rotations. These producers go to great lengths to familiarize themselves with diseases common in soybeans. In 2015, producers dealt with 14 different diseases during the growing season. Dr. Edward Sikora, professor and  Extension plant p athologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said three different plant diseases have ... Read More »

Harvest Considerations for High Moisture Corn

AUBURN, Ala.—Corn harvest in Alabama perplexes many not familiar with the process. Harvesting field-dried corn doesn’t seem like the right course of action, often drawing many questions from the general public. An Alabama Extension agronomist based in the Wiregrass is suggesting farmers consider harvesting corn before it dries down in the field to minimize harvest losses and economical impact. Harvesting ... Read More »

Target Spot Management in Cotton

AUBURN, Ala.—Target Spot is a foliar disease southern farmers combat in cotton nearly every year. With dry weather in the past few years the disease has been held at bay, but irrigated cotton has suffered a substantial amount of damage no matter the weather conditions. Target spot is a true leaf spot disease. Spotting on cotton will be visible between ... Read More »

Drought Conditions Worry Livestock Producers

nitrate toxicity cattle grazing weedy pasture

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama is facing near drought conditions. Livestock producers are struggling with ways to ensure their animals get enough to eat and drink when grass is limited and the water table is low. Dr. Soren Rodning, the Alabama Extension veterinarian, said that there are certain things that producers should do under drought conditions. Meet Animals’ Water Needs While ... Read More »

Cotton Bollworms and Soybean Loopers Coming on Strong

cotton bollworms

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama row crop farmers need to be actively scouting their crops for two perennial pests, cotton bollworms and soybean loopers. Dr. Tim Reed, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says traps are capturing increased numbers of adults of both species. “We are seeing more cotton bollworm moths in pheromone traps in some central and south Alabama counties ... Read More »

Deep South Stocker Conference Is August 4-5

AUBURN, Ala. – The University of Georgia is host for the eighth annual Deep South Stocker Conference Aug. 4 and 5,at the Carroll County Ag Center in Carrollton, Ga. The conference is targeting cattle producers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef specialist, said that even though the conference is in Georgia this year, she encourages Alabama producers to ... Read More »