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Fall Harvest Season Presents Many Dangers on Farms

Farming Equipment

Fall harvest season is here for many farmers in Alabama. Farmers across the state are heading to their fields with huge combines and powerful tractors pulling grain wagons. “This is the most dangerous time of year in farm country, and there is an ever present danger of serious injury or death among agricultural workers,” said Dr. Jesse LaPrade, a farm ... Read More »

Peanut Pod Blasting Offers Farmers Better Yields And Bigger Paychecks

Peanut plant with peanuts attached

With the peanut harvest underway, peanut farmers are hoping for good yields and strong paydays. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System‘s Peanut Pod Blasting workshops offer farmers a chance to get larger returns on their investments. Peanut pod blasting is a testing technique where peanuts are pressure washed in order to remove the outer shell covering. The peanut’s color, in its purest ... Read More »

Helping Cattle Producers Market Cattle

Cattle for sale at Montgomery Stockyards

Cattle are big business in Alabama, and savvy cattlemen are making the most of their livestock by improving their marketing efforts. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System works with cattle producers in the state to help them get the most dollars for their product and to market cattle more effectively. They offer help with sales, marketing, vaccination schedules, record-keeping and risk-management strategies. “We work with ... Read More »

Fire Safety on the Farm

Farm fires cost lives and many dollars each year in America. October is Fire Prevention Month and it is a good time to refresh fire safety rules for the farm. Fires need three things to burn – air, heat and something to set it off. Preventing this combination reduces the risk of fire. “Common causes of tractor and machinery fires ... Read More »

Beef Prices on the Rise

Packages of Beef at the Meat Counter

Beef prices are going up—squeezing consumers’ wallets. It is a trend both in the United States and worldwide. An economist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a good idea why beef prices continue to rise. Dr. Walt Prevatt, who is an expert in livestock economics, said it relates to the challenges of a consistent supply of beef and the ... Read More »

Navigating the Farm Bill

2014 Farm Bill

Farmers need a road map to utilize the many programs under the umbrella of the 2014 Farm Bill. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has launched a website, www.alabamafarmbill.com, to provide the state’s farmers with information and tools to help them access program information relevant to their agricultural operations. The website is an outgrowth of the Alabama Farm Bill Task Force ... Read More »

Pumpkins Add Flavor, Decoration to Fall

 It wouldn’t feel like fall without the arrival of those plump orange pumpkins growing among rambling vines on farms and in gardens across Alabama. Pumpkins, a type of squash, are in the cucumber/gourd family. Most pumpkins are native to the United States and were eaten by Native Americans long before Europeans arrived on the scene. For years, Americans have enjoyed ... Read More »

White Sugarcane Aphid Now Found in 12 Alabama Counties

By: Dr. Kathy Flanders, Extension Specialist and Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology White sugarcane aphid has been identified on sorghum in 12 Alabama counties. The pest was first found in late July by Dr. Austin Hagan, a plant pathologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System on variety tests in Brewton, Ala. Dr. Charles Ray, an Auburn University entomologist, confirmed the ... Read More »