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Fall Armyworm Outbreak in Alabama Pastures

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AUBURN, Ala. – Damaging populations of fall armyworms have been found in 8 Alabama counties. While that is far fewer counties than last summer, it is important to check valuable forage grasses. Armyworm caterpillars are detrimental to cattlemen and forage producers. The damage can seem to appear overnight. Dr. Kathy Flanders, an Alabama Extension Entomologist, said that the  fall armyworm ... Read More »

Alabama Peanuts Benefiting from Wet Summer

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AUBURN, Ala.–One year removed from a drought of epic proportions, Alabama peanut farmers are happy with the rainier summer of 2017. Though wet conditions can cause a separate set of issues, peanuts are looking very strong thus far. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, 91 percent of peanuts had reached the pegging stage by Aug. 7, compared ... Read More »

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby Visits with Alabama Extension and Auburn University Scientists

Martha Roby

HEADLAND, Ala.—U.S. Rep. Martha Roby from Alabama’s Second Congressional District met Alabama Extension and Auburn University scientists at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland Tuesday, Aug. 15. Rep. Roby said the tour emphasized the importance of agriculture in the district, which spreads from Houston County in the south to Montgomery on its northern edge. “As we prepare to ... Read More »

Triple E Virus Deadly to Horses and Humans

AUBURN, Ala. – Summer brings a heightened risk of mosquito borne illnesses. Eastern equine encephalitis is one of the most deadly. Known as EEE or sleeping sickness and commonly associated with horses, only a few human cases are reported in the United States annually.  But according to the Centers for Disease Control, EEE ranks as one of the most severe ... Read More »

2017 Forage Conference set for Nov. 29

AUBURN, Ala. – Cattle producers should make plans now to attend the 2017 Alabama Forage Conference Nov. 29 at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula, Alabama. The conference begins with registration at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. In addition to the conference, there will be a pre-conference tour of the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland, Alabama. That tour ... Read More »

Beef Cattle Management: Early Weaning

AUBURN, Ala.—Early weaning is a technique beef cattle producers do not often use on cattle operations. However, droughty conditions may necessitate the implementation of non-traditional practices to continue normal and productive operations. “In some areas of Alabama that were hard hit by drought last year, forages are not growing well,” Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, an Alabama Extension animal scientist, said. “Producers ... Read More »

Producers Warned about Red-Banded Stinkbugs in Soybeans

Red-banded stinkbugs

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama row crop producers have faced different challenges this year than they did last year. Now, in addition to late rainfall and increased native pest pressures, Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologists are warning producers about red-banded stinkbugs. Red-Banded Stinkbugs Red banded stinkbugs (RBSBs) are native to South America and have been reported as the principal stink bug pest of soybeans in Brazil ... Read More »

Climate and Crops iBook Wins ASABE Award

AUBURN, Ala.- Alabama Extension’s Climate and Crops iBook received an Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The ASABE is the home of agriculture engineers and others worldwide who work to find sustainable solutions for an ever-growing population. The Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards Competition, recognizes excellence in informational materials. These materials contribute ... Read More »

Extension Entomologists Warn Cotton Producers about Tarnished Plant Bugs

AUBURN, Ala.—The 2017 planting and growing seasons have been vastly different than the planting and growing conditions farmers contended with in 2016. From 2016’s extreme drought to 2017’s continued flash flooding, producers have struggled in the field. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Ron Smith said the 2017 season has already been distinctly different than any season he remembers. “Delayed ... Read More »

Scouting for Soybean Insect Pests

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AUBURN, Ala.—Producers are making their way back into the field after more than two weeks of heavy rains and flooding. Many producers had to decide whether to continue with a damaged crop, or to replant. For those working to save soybean crops in the field, Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Tim Reed has some insect scouting tips. Cutworms Thrips ... Read More »