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Charles Mitchell Selected as ASA Fellow

AUBURN, Ala. — Dr. Charles C. Mitchell, an Alabama Extension agronomist, was selected as an American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Fellow at the society’s International Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-18 in Minneapolis, Minn. Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the ASA. Members of the society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. The annual award is presented for outstanding ... Read More »

Take Guesswork Out of Forage Testing

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AUBURN, Alabama–The Alabama Cooperative Extension Forage Focus Program and the Alabama Beef Check-off Program are partnering to bring producers across Alabama forage testing probes. Forage testing probes are being distributed to county Extension offices and regional Extension agents on the Animal Science and Forage Team. Previously, agents on the team did have access to hay testing probes, but with 67 counties and ... Read More »

Harvesting Alabama’s Cotton with New Technology

AUBURN, Ala.- Alabamians can tell when farmers have begun harvesting cotton. The once, white fields have been picked leaving behind barren stalks. Highways are dotted with white, fluffy cotton that has blown off from the module trucks while other cotton modules wait in the fields to be transported to the gin. According to Max Runge, an Alabama Extension program associate at ... Read More »

Cotton Byproducts Supplement Cattle Feed

AUBURN, Ala. — While producers across the state are harvesting cotton, livestock owners are gearing up to purchase cotton byproducts to supplement minerals and feeds throughout the winter months. Alabama Extension beef specialist Kim Mullenix, said the Southeast is one of the largest cotton producing areas in the U.S., with Alabama contributing significant acreage to the regional total. This makes cotton byproducts ... Read More »

Corn and Wheat Short Course to be held in Auburn

AUBURN, Ala.—The 2015 Alabama Corn and Wheat Short Course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 14-15. Presenters from Auburn University,  the Alabama Cooperative Extension System,  other land grant universities, industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will address a variety of topics pertaining to corn and wheat growth. Alabama Extension small grains specialist Brenda ... Read More »

Buying Local Has Gone to the Cows

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AUBURN, Alabama.- It’s no secret that summer months and farmers markets just go together in the South. All across Alabama on Saturday mornings you can find local farmers taking their produce to sell at local farmers markets. Typically you see assorted fruits and vegetables. You can usually find honey and soaps and flowers as well. One new product, however, has ... Read More »

Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference Set for December 2015

AUBURN, Alabama–The Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference is set for Thursday, Dec. 10, at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula. Online registration is open on the Alabama Forages webpage and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association webpage. Alabama Extension forage specialist Dr. Jennifer Johnson said this year’s theme “Forward Thinking with Forage Systems” was developed to encourage producers to consider the impacts of forage management beyond the ... Read More »

Soybeans–Important Part of Alabama Economy

Originating in eastern Asia, the soybean was first brought to the United States as a hay crop. Until the 1930s, soybeans were used as a high quality feed, primarily for horses, due to the high level of protein it provides. Today in Alabama, the soybean leads the farming economy with almost a third more land than cotton. “Soybeans have become ... Read More »

October is National Apple Month

Americans eat more apples per capita than any other fruit. October is National Apple Month and is intended to celebrate the widely loved fruit and increase sales in the industry. Alabama is one of 36 states in which apples are grown commercially and this season’s harvest is not to be missed. “A wide range of varities can be found in ... Read More »

Legislators Tour Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center

CROSSVILLE, Ala.—Alabama state senator Clay Scofield and state representative Becky Nordgren visited Auburn University’s Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center Friday, Oct. 2. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Dr. Art Appel, interim dean of Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, guided the legislative tour, which featured ongoing research efforts and Extension program efforts. “This research ... Read More »