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Alabama Cotton Crop Escapes Major Hurricane Damage

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AUBURN, Ala.—Cotton producers are looking toward harvest in the wake of two major hurricanes that slammed into the Texas and Florida coasts. Hurricane Irma, though not originally expected to affect Alabama, hit many areas of the state with tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. For some producers, rain was a welcome sight. Other producers’ fields took a battering from strong ... Read More »

Citrus Greening Affecting Alabama Citrus

AUBURN, Ala. – Citrus greening, a bacterial disease, has been detected in Alabama. During an Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) annual survey, inspectors identified two trees in a residential landscape in Mobile County with the disease. Now detected in Baldwin County, more surveys are now ongoing by the ADAI to determine the extent of the problem. Citrus Industry ... Read More »

Ornamental Cabbages Offer Fall Color

Ornamental cabbage is a closely related to the common cabbage that we eat on a regular basis. It is easily grown in rich and consistently moist loam in the sun, but there are other ways to grow it. Read More »

Produce Safety Alliance Trainings Set in Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.–The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will conduct Produce Safety Alliance Training for fruit and vegetable growers. The training will focus on produce safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The PSA Grower Training course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. The new Produce Safety Rule means safer produce for customers. Produce (fruits-nuts, fungi vegetables, ... Read More »

When Weeds Become Monsters

Pig weeds in cotton

AUBURN, Ala.–Evolution is turning modern weeds into monsters, as a phenomenon–– herbicide resistance–– makes control increasingly difficult for farmers. Dr. Steve Li, Alabama Extension weed scientist, called the development a “Pandora’s box” that cannot be closed. Li offered a nuanced but grim outlook on the subject. “In the beginning, glyphosate killed almost everything out there. It’s cheap, and it doesn’t ... Read More »

Pod blasting peanuts makes farmers’ lives easier

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AUBURN, Ala.–Rapid technological advancement has become a staple in the field of agriculture. For decades, complex scientific discoveries have been the driving force behind ever-increasing yields. However, not all innovation stems from a chemical breakthrough. Pod blasting, a 20-year-old method to measure peanut maturity, is a simple process that requires nothing more than a pressure washer and a picker basket. ... Read More »

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 »