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Weather: Ever an Obstacle for Farmers

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AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama farmers faced cool, wet weather at the beginning of spring. This kept many farmers out of their fields for several weeks. In a twist, manageable only by Mother Nature, many producers are now hoping for rain as they begin planting cotton and soybeans. William Birdsong, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist of agronomic crops, said 2018 has been ... Read More »

Sunn Hemp: Grazing Option for Producers

AUBURN, Ala. – Sunn hemp is a warm-season legume that producers are adding to their grazing and pasture management plans. Traditionally, producers do not use sunn hemp because of limited seed availability. Now, newer varieties, such as AU Golden and AU Darbin, are available for producers. These new varieties allow the plant to produce seed in moderate climates. Characteristics   Sunn hemp ... Read More »

Sweet Orange Scab: New Cases Identified in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala.—Agriculture officials have identified new cases of sweet orange scab (SOS) in Baldwin County. SOS was first confirmed in Alabama in December 2017. Dr. Kassie Connor, an Alabama Extension plant pathologist, said the disease may have been pushed into the state by strong weather systems. “We suspect the pathogen spread from Florida via hurricane movement last year,” said Conner. ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Offers Bull Calf Evaluation Workshops

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension is offering a hands-on workshop for purebred producers and bull developers. Alabama beef producers will have a chance to enhance their knowledge on bull calf evaluating and marketing for breeding. Gerry Thompson, an Alabama Extension regional agent of animal science and forages, said the workshop will teach producers how to evaluate and effectively market these ... Read More »

Crop Budgets Released for 2018 Growing Season

AUBURN, Ala.—Successful farming requires careful planning, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System has tools to make that job easier for producers.  Extension’s annual enterprise budgets help producers make the best decisions possible for the upcoming growing season. Enterprise budgets are reasonable estimates of the costs and returns for a particular enterprise. Available worksheets include row crops, fall and winter forage crops, fruits, ... Read More »

Tariffs Cause Worry Among Alabama Farmers

By: Katie Nichols and Justin Miller AUBURN, Ala. – Recent trade discussions between the United States and China have Alabama producers like Stewart McGill cautious about the future markets of crops. China recently announced a 25 percent tariff on many American export products, including soybeans, cotton and other agricultural products. “As of now, we don’t know what might happen,” said ... Read More »

Burndown Herbicides Affected by Low Temperatures

AUBURN, Ala.— Low temperatures stretching into March and April, with more potentially on the way, may cause issues for producers during burndown. During March and April, producers normally apply burndown herbicides to prepare to plant corn, soybeans and cotton. Dr. Joyce Tredaway, an Alabama Extension weed specialist, said this is not new for Alabama producers, as temperatures are often in ... Read More »

Gladney Awarded Outstanding Extension Educator Award

Clanton, Ala. – Johnny Gladney, an Alabama Extension Animal Science and Forages regional agent, was named the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Extension Educator Award. The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association presented the award at the 2018 Alabama BCIA annual meeting, March 10 in Huntsville. This award goes to an Extension educator who shows support and effective implementation of beef ... Read More »

The Land-Grant University: Making a 19th Century Concept More Relevant Than Ever

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By Dr. Steven Leath, Auburn University President Throughout my career in higher education, I’ve been fortunate to hold positions at some of our nation’s most respected land-grant institutions. I’ve had positions including that of a teacher, a researcher, and university administrator, among others. Today our nation faces social and economic challenges, but what my experience has taught me, and what ... Read More »

Climate and Crops iBook Chosen as Finalist for 2017 Best Book of the Year

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AUBURN, Ala.-Alabama Extension’s Climate and Crops iBook was named an international finalist for 2017 Best Book of the Year in Education. Bradley Metrock, organizer of the international iBooks Author Conference and CEO of Score Publishing, said the designation honors the best books in Apple’s iBook Store. “Each year, as part of the international iBooks Author conference, the community of educators, ... Read More »