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Extending the Grazing Season

AUBURN, Ala. –Extending the grazing season can improve cattle operations. This saves producers time and money invested in the operation. Whether it is as simple as dividing a pasture into two different paddocks or implementing a more complex system, farmers should consider implementing improved grazing management strategies to help the grazing season. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle ... Read More »

Trapping Necessary to Control Wild Hogs

Auburn, Ala.—Wild hogs are wreaking havoc on landowners in Alabama. The consistent spread and steady population increase presents a problem for both farmers and foresters. Spenser Bradley, an Alabama Extension agent specializing in forestry, wildlife and natural resource management, said hogs are a growing problem due in part to the difficult nature of hog population control. Wild Hogs are Difficult to ... Read More »

Beef Basics iBook–Cattle Producers’ Newest Tool

beef basics

AUBURN, AL— Cattle are big business in Alabama with a value of $2.5 billion. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s new iBook, “Beef Basics,” will help the state’s cattle producers boost their bottom line. An Alabama Extension animal scientist calls “Beef Basics” an exciting new tool for Alabama cattle producers. “The Beef Basics iBook is a great resource that producers, supporters ... Read More »

Alabama Producers Add Canola to Rotations

AUBURN, Ala.—Golden fields lined rural highways in central and northern parts of the state this spring as producers add canola to crop rotations. Alabama Extension Crop Specialist, Dr. Dennis Delaney said farmers are incorporating the crop in part because of its resistance to diseases that have caused issues in fields in north Alabama, but also because of benefits to soil ... Read More »

Timely Pest Management Resources for Farm and Garden

Auburn, Ala.—Pest management for farms and home gardens are important to ensure your crops will grow. Integrated pest management is the chosen method by Gary Gray, Alabama Cooperative Extension System regional Extension agent in Commercial Horticulture. “Integrated pest management or IPM combines a variety of tactics including cultural practices as well as chemical controls to manage pests in various crops,” ... Read More »

Protect Your Pasture from Fire Ants

AUBURN, Ala.—From the field to the pasture, fire ants cause issues for producers on many levels. Surprisingly, losses to equipment and associated labor costs are usually greater than losses to livestock. Alabama Extension Entomologist, Dr. Kathy Flanders, said the first step to treatment is determining the level of infestation and how to treat it. “First determine if it is necessary ... Read More »

Protecting Backyard Chickens from Disease

Backyard Chickens

AUBURN, Ala.–The popularity of raising your own backyard chickens continues to grow. A poultry scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says it is vital that people with backyard flocks do their part to reduce disease spread. Dr. Joe Hess, an Alabama Extension specialist who works with both large commercial poultry producers as well as with backyard poultry hobbyists, says ... Read More »

Scouting Essential for Row Crop Farmers

AUBURN, Ala.—Insect scouting should begin in the field as soon as plants emerge. Determining the plant stand at emergence can help the farmer get a better idea of issues facing the crop. Regional Extension Agent, Rudy Yates, said plant stands may be affected by a number of problems—insect pests, disease pathogens, soil crusting, flooding and wildlife. “Check your fields weekly,” ... Read More »

Wild Pigs Growing Problem in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala.—Wild pigs have inhabited Alabama’s forests for decades, but years of suitable habitat, ample food sources and rapid reproduction have dealt landowners throughout the state a low blow. Woodlands aren’t the only areas taking a hit; farmers are dealing with hog damage in crop and pasture land. Alabama Cooperative Extension Forestry and Wildlife Specialist, Dr. Mark Smith, said the ... Read More »

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 »