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Ag Discovery Adventure Set For Sept. 23

AUBURN, Ala. – The sixth annual Ag Discovery Adventure is set for Saturday, Sept. 23, at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter, Alabama. Ag Discovery Adventure has many hands-on activities for the entire family. While at the event, people will learn about about agriculture and their food supply and ask questions they may have about the industry. Ag Discovery Adventure ... Read More »

Soybean Rust Spreading across Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.–After a few weeks of consistently wet weather, soybean rust is making its annual march from the Gulf Coast to north Alabama. Spurred on by wet leaves and strong winds, the fungal disease popped up in 33 of Alabama’s 67 counties. Alabama Extension specialist Dr. Dennis Delaney weighed in on the development and offered advice to soybean farmers across ... Read More »

Storm Preparation Includes Farm Disaster Plans

AUBURN, Ala.— Now Tropical Storm Harvey is dropping rain across parts of Alabama.  It’s important to remember that farms in flood-prone areas, or areas where flooding is anticipated, should have an emergency plan for evacuation in case of a disaster. Farm disaster plans include planning for safety of family members and farm workers, livestock and emergency response personnel to facilitate ... Read More »

Silverleaf Whitefly: Devastating to Cotton Industry

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AUBURN, Ala. – The silverleaf whitefly (SLWF) is proving to be a big problem for cotton producers in Alabama. First found in Alabama in 1997, SLWF feeds on cotton plants and has been active in the Southeast the last few years. In 2016, SLWF heavily infested cotton crops in several counties surrounding Tifton, Georgia. Now, SLWF has spread over much ... Read More »

Fall Armyworm Outbreak in Alabama Pastures

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AUBURN, Ala. – Damaging populations of fall armyworms have been found in 8 Alabama counties. While that is far fewer counties than last summer, it is important to check valuable forage grasses. Armyworm caterpillars are detrimental to cattlemen and forage producers. The damage can seem to appear overnight. Dr. Kathy Flanders, an Alabama Extension Entomologist, said that the  fall armyworm ... Read More »

Alabama Peanuts Benefiting from Wet Summer

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AUBURN, Ala.–One year removed from a drought of epic proportions, Alabama peanut farmers are happy with the rainier summer of 2017. Though wet conditions can cause a separate set of issues, peanuts are looking very strong thus far. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, 91 percent of peanuts had reached the pegging stage by Aug. 7, compared ... Read More »

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby Visits with Alabama Extension and Auburn University Scientists

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HEADLAND, Ala.—U.S. Rep. Martha Roby from Alabama’s Second Congressional District met Alabama Extension and Auburn University scientists at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland Tuesday, Aug. 15. Rep. Roby said the tour emphasized the importance of agriculture in the district, which spreads from Houston County in the south to Montgomery on its northern edge. “As we prepare to ... Read More »

Triple E Virus Deadly to Horses and Humans

AUBURN, Ala. – Summer brings a heightened risk of mosquito borne illnesses. Eastern equine encephalitis is one of the most deadly. Known as EEE or sleeping sickness and commonly associated with horses, only a few human cases are reported in the United States annually.  But according to the Centers for Disease Control, EEE ranks as one of the most severe ... Read More »

2017 Forage Conference set for Nov. 29

AUBURN, Ala. – Cattle producers should make plans now to attend the 2017 Alabama Forage Conference Nov. 29 at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula, Alabama. The conference begins with registration at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. In addition to the conference, there will be a pre-conference tour of the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland, Alabama. That tour ... Read More »

Beef Cattle Management: Early Weaning

AUBURN, Ala.—Early weaning is a technique beef cattle producers do not often use on cattle operations. However, droughty conditions may necessitate the implementation of non-traditional practices to continue normal and productive operations. “In some areas of Alabama that were hard hit by drought last year, forages are not growing well,” Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, an Alabama Extension animal scientist, said. “Producers ... Read More »