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Drought Conditions Worry Livestock Producers

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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

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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 »

State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Winners Announced

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension’s 4-H state livestock judging contest was held recently at the Wilson Beef Teaching Center at Auburn University. Nineteen teams from 11 different counties participated in the contest. Awards were given for each age division — junior, intermediate and senior. Senior Division Winners The first place team in the senior division was the Lauderdale County team. Members ... Read More »

Nitrate Toxicity: Problem across Dry South

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AUBURN, Ala.— Nitrate toxicity in cattle is a growing threat across southeastern states battling drought. An animal scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says drought is increasing the chance for livestock forages to develop elevated nitrate levels. Dr. Kim Mullenix says that nitrates can accumulate in forages when plants are stressed by low soil moisture, high temperatures or low humidity. ... Read More »

Responsible Disease Management in Field Corn

AUBURN, Ala.— Disease management has been on the minds of Alabama producers following a wet spring and dry growing season. Alabama corn producers deal with four main foliar corn diseases. In north Alabama, gray leaf spot is a common disease, while the southern part of the state battles southern rust. In some years there are rust issues statewide, but Alabama Extension ... Read More »

Droughts: Cattle Producers Making Tough Decisions

AUBURN, Ala. – Drought forces cattle producers to make tough decisions. Without an adequate supply of feed and water and cost effective ways of supplying the herd, producers will need to reduce cattle numbers. Weaning calves is one way to reduce nutritional requirements of the herd. Dry cows require less nutritious feed than lactating cows. Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, an Alabama ... Read More »

To water or not to water?

AUBURN, Alabama. — To water or not water? Many farmers grapple with this issue every year. Row cropping itself can be a tedious and complex art form, but when it comes to irrigation it’s all about strategy. According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, there are approximately 26,000 acres of corn irrigated for grain in Alabama. Most farmers choose ... Read More »

Craft Breweries Seeking Alabama-Grown Grain

AUBURN, Ala.—Small towns across the country are growing hubs for craft brewers selling what some are calling “liquid art.” Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System researchers are partnering with farmers to provide craft brewers with the essentials for making an excellent brew, and barreling toward an online brewery program. Alabama Extension Plant Pathologist, Dr. Austin Hagan and his colleagues ... Read More »

Herbicide Applications Difficult in Hot, Dry Conditions

AUBURN, Ala.— The hot, dry conditions sitting stagnant over many areas of the state have farmers wishing for rain and hoping to make the best of current conditions. While crop plants suffer, weeds are still thriving and causing problems in the field. Dr. Joyce Tredaway Ducar, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System weed scientist, said it is difficult to control weeds ... Read More »