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Crop Outlook 2016: Farmers Take on Long-term Perspectives

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AUBURN, Ala.—Droughts, heavy rainfall and a variety of other conditions plagued farmers in 2015. Now, producers heading into planting for 2016 are already researching and making decisions hoping to make this growing season better than the last. Max Runge, an Alabama Extension economist, said farmers throughout the Southeast have experienced production highs and lows in recent years due to a ... Read More »

Wiregrass Cotton Expo Offers Profitability Training for Producers

Auburn, Ala.—Cotton growers throughout the state are looking for ways to maximize cotton crop profits in a market where prices are low and inputs are high. In order to produce high quality cotton for a top dollar price, farmers will need a strategic plan for the upcoming growing season. Extension agronomist William Birdsong said Alabama Extension is offering an opportunity for producers ... Read More »

Why Plant Cover Crops?

AUBURN, Alabama–Farmers are the ultimate stewards of the land. For years, farmers have been looking for ways to improve soil quality, increase productivity and build erosion control. Cover crops are widely used to benefit the upcoming crop as well as improving the soil. Alabama Cooperative Extension Specialist Dr. Dennis Delaney said cover crops are important for maintaining soil fertility and quality. ... Read More »

No Off-Season for Variety Trial Researchers

AUBURN, Ala. — As farmers begin to plan next year’s crop, Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals and Auburn University faculty are working ahead to determine the best varieties for farmers across the state. Variety trials can take two forms. On-farm variety trials are conducted by Alabama Extension agents and Auburn University College of Agriculture faculty on privately owned farm land. University official variety trials ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Professionals Host Precision Ag Workshop

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AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn University and Alabama Extension professionals will host a Precision Agriculture Workshop in Auburn, Ala. on Jan. 28, 2016. The event will take place at the Auburn University Dixon Hotel and Conference Center. Cutting edge precision agriculture presentations and precision ag demonstrations will be led by Extension professionals and private companies. Alabama Extension Precision Ag and Grain Crops Specialist Brenda ... Read More »

Getting Back to the Beef Basics

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AUBURN,AL—. Beef cattle are raised in every county of Alabama. The Alabama cattle industry is a $2.5 billion industry, making it the state’s second highest ranked commodity. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist, sees the state’s booming cattle industry as an opportunity to further educate the producers and supporters of the Alabama beef cattle industry. That is why ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Expands Estate Planning Program

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AUBURN, Alabama–Death and taxes—there is that old joke about two certainties in everyone’s life.  But handling even just the basics of estate planning will make life easier for your family after your death. Dr. Robert Tufts, an attorney with Alabama Extension, understands that estate planning can require difficult decisions for some people. “But something is going to happen to everyone ... Read More »

Forage and Grassland Conference set for Dec. 10

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AUBURN, Ala. — The Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference is set for Dec. 10, 2015 in Eufaula, Ala. at Lakepoint State Park. Online registration is open on the Alabama Forages webpage and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association webpage. Forage Specialist, Dr. Jennifer Johnson said this year’s theme “Forward Thinking with Forage Systems” was developed to encourage producers to think about the impacts ... Read More »

Pecan Trees–A Perfect Addition to the Home Landscape

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AUBURN,Ala.—The holiday season is upon us and people around the country are looking forward to gatherings spent feasting with families and friends. One food in particular that is often found at many holiday celebrations is pecan pie. Unknown to many, Alabama is actually an ideal place for growing pecan trees.  You could someday produce a pecan pie for the holidays ... Read More »

November is National Peanut Butter Month

AUBURN, AL—When most people think of November, they think of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and all the popular foods that are served at our Thanksgiving meals. However, the month of November is dedicated to celebrating a food that many people enjoy on a daily basis: peanut butter. As one of the biggest producers of peanuts in the United States, Alabama ... Read More »