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Plants All Homeowners Can Manage

Crepe myrtle

AUBURN, Ala.-As spring approaches, many homeowners are looking to brighten up their homes with ornamental plants for the season. Not every plant requires high maintenance and a “green thumb.” Mike McQueen, a regional horticulture agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, gives five plants all homeowners can manage. “These plants have many benefits to homeowners. From an outdoor perspective plant ... Read More »

Crop Outlook: Weather Affects Numbers

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Following a cold, wet winter in most parts of Alabama, producers are stepping back to re-evaluate plans for the growing season. With planting delayed in North Alabama and the Tennessee Valley after heavy rains, and planting delayed in the Wiregrass with no rain, Alabama Cooperative Extension Economist Max Runge said weather has had an impact on planting this season, as it ... Read More »

Better Cattle Market Prices Finally

The beef market skyrocketed after a drought forced farmers to liquidate millions of cattle in the United States, significantly reducing beef supplies.  In addition, beef demand has increased across the nation.  That means American cattle farmers have enjoyed a year where beef prices are finally getting them paid for what they do. “I feel good about the cattle prices being ... Read More »

Helping Organic Producers Beat Bugs

IPM battles bugs

Ladybugs can be a nuisance when they invade your house, but did you know that they are beneficial to farmers? Ladybugs, and other insects such as lacewings, are natural predators of crop-destructive pests. With the demand for organic produce continuing to rise, farmers are integrating elements of integrated pest management (IPM) to protect their crops from bugs and insect pests. Dr. Ayanava ... Read More »

Focusing on Forages

With forage management as a popular topic among farmers, producers and professionals in the forage industry, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System has found a special way to reach the public with forage related information. Beginning in 2013,  Extension specialists began hosting the Forage Focus Webinar Series to reach forage industry professionals including agents, producers and animal scientists. With the assistance of ... Read More »

Dairy U Comes to Auburn’s Campus

Auburn University Animal Sciences Department and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be hosting the seventh annual Dairy Awareness Introductory Resource for Youth University (DAIRY U) Program. The workshop allows youth to learn about the dairy industry and where the milk they drink comes from as well as how it is produced in a wholesome and healthy way. Boyd Brady, ... Read More »

Cold Weather Impacts on Livestock

AUBURN, Alabama – Most of us are aware of how harsh the winter weather can be on machinery, equipment and people, but it is easy to forget how those conditions affect livestock. Extreme weather in February and March impacted livestock across Alabama, requiring many cattlemen to adjust their cattle management strategies. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist ... Read More »

On-Farm Variety Trials: Helping Farmers Prepare

on-farm variety trials

Choosing the right variety of cotton to plant is a major decision for farmers.  They want to choose a variety that offers them the best opportunity to harvest a bountiful and quality crop. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System provides farmers with important guidance with its on-farm variety trials. Currently, Alabama Extension is gearing up for its 2015 on-farm variety trials. What ... Read More »

Prepping Gardens Year Round

AUBURN, Ala. – After months of winter weather, spring is on the horizon. Spring also means that being outside regularly will return and people may explore creating their own garden. While some people may simply delve into starting their garden, others may do more research in hope of having a more thriving garden. Dr. Charles Mitchell, an agronomist with the ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Conducting Grant Workshops to Support Local Foods

local food

AUBURN, Ala. – Grant-writing workshops designed to help potential applicants understand, develop and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program are being offered in every state this spring. Alabama Extension and the Southern Regional Center for Rural Development are partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and National Institute for ... Read More »