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Wiregrass Cotton Expo Offers Guidance for Coming Season

Wiregrass Cotton Expo

Smart decisions prior to planting will be crucial to Southeastern cotton producers’ profitability this year.  William Birdsong, an agronomist with Alabama Extension, said lower commodity prices and reduced world demand will force producers to alter their business model from previous years. “Based on the latest data, the average upland cotton price is now forecast to range between 59 and 64 ... Read More »

Cogongrass Research Offers Hope for Control

Cogongrass

Cogongrass, an aggressive invasive species, has been causing problems in Alabama’s forests and fields for more than 20 years, but research performed by Alabama Extension’s Dr. Nancy Loewenstein and former Alabama Extension specialist, Dr. Stephen Enloe, has proven successful against the invasive species. Because of its Asian origin, cogongrass is known to some as “Japan grass,” and the species found ... Read More »

Helping Farmers Improve Nutrient Management

Manure as fertilizer

The use of manure is the oldest trick in the book of raising crops, but the Alabama Cooperative Extension System helps producers find ways to use manure that will benefit the farmers without damaging the environment. The Price Gap “The value of nutrients found in a ton of broiler litter is around $75 per ton, based on current commercial fertilizer ... Read More »

20th Annual Beekeeping Symposium Feb. 7 in Clanton

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s 20th Annual Beekeeping Symposium is being held at a new location — the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center, 1850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton. It is set for Saturday, Feb.7 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. “The symposium will feature a variety of knowledgeable speakers as well as valuable demonstrations for beekeepers,” said James Tew, ... Read More »

Alabama Growers Weathered Arctic Cold

Satsumas Iced for Cold Protection

Fruit and vegetable growers across Alabama were as prepared as they could be for the blast of cold weather that dropped temperatures into the single digits in north Alabama and into the teens along the Gulf Coast. Mike Reeves, a regional commercial horticulture agent with Alabama Extension, said that strawberry growers across the state applied row covers to protect their ... Read More »

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Coming in February

  Fruit and vegetable producers should finalize plans to attend the upcoming Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association’s conference and trade show Feb. 6-7 at the Marriott Grand National Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika, Alabama. Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, entomologist and commercial horticulture program coordinator with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said it is a great opportunity for networking. “Producers will get to meet ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Offers Additional Farm Bill Trainings

AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama farmers and producers face some challenges in navigating the complexities of the 2014 Farm Bill. Gone are the days of using a simple one page work sheet and a pencil to determine which programs were a farmer’s best options. These days, the tool farmers need is a computer. Robert Page, an economist with Alabama Extension, said that is ... Read More »

Help for Farmers Navigating the Farm Bill

Farming--Young Farmer

AUBURN, Alabama—The 2014 Farm Bill provides farmers and producers access to a number of valuable support programs. To help Alabama farmers understand the ins and outs of the Farm Bill programs, Alabama Extension will hold a series of informational meetings during December. Farm Bill Education Meetings Dec. 9—Wiregrass Research & Extension Center, Headland Dec. 10 –Bay Minette Civic Center, Bay ... Read More »

Alabama’s Changing Christmas Tree Industry

Over the years, the Christmas tree industry has changed in Alabama and across the United States. What was once a booming industry has shrunk because of a shift within Americans.  Chip East, an Alabama Extension commercial horticulture agent, said consumers’ buying habits have changed.  “Instead of buying fresh cut Christmas trees each year like they would have in the past, ... Read More »

Extension Specialist Works to Improve Livestock Production in Myanmar

Urban Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer just returned from his second trip to Myanmar in Southeast Asia. Spencer is a volunteer with the Farmer-to-Farmer program in Myanmar that is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Winrock International. Targeting small-scale livestock farmers, he educated audiences on sustainable best management practices that will ensure efficient ... Read More »