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Mandatory Auxin Herbicide Trainings Slated Across Alabama

Spraying cotton for stink bugs

AUBURN, Ala. – New cotton and soybean varieties with resistance to several common herbicides are now available. In January, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries submitted new labeling for products containing 2,4-D or dicamba that are intended to be used in conjunction with these new varieties.  Alabama Extension will hold trainings across the state for farmers who plan to ... Read More »

Scouting for Small Grain Insects During Winter

AUBURN, Ala.—Responsible crop management is one of the most important aspects of row crop farming. Producers need to correctly identify and scout for insect, disease, and other problems in order to choose appropriate management strategies. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Entomologist, Dr. Kathy Flanders, said there are two primary insects to look for in small grains this winter: aphids and Hessian ... Read More »

2017 Webinars for Extension Commercial Horticulture

Auburn,Ala.– The Commercial Horticulture Extension Team organizes webinars to provide quick updates for producers on various topics of interest. Whether you are interested in the proper way to plant fruit trees or have questions in turf management, these webinars cover a wide range of subjects. Webinars are streamed live via Panopto on the last Monday of every month starting in January and ... Read More »

Extension to Host Crop Production Meetings across Central Alabama

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension will host two crop production meetings at E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter on Jan. 31, Feb. 27. There will also be a meeting on Feb. 7 in Talladega.  E.V. Smith Research Center is located at 4725 County Road 40, Shorter, AL. The first meeting will include information on corn, soybeans and carinata. The meeting ... Read More »

Late-Season Drought Causes New Year Issues for Producers

AUBURN, Ala.—The late-season drought that seized much of Alabama’s crop and pastureland late in 2016 is causing issues for producers in the new year. Though substantial amounts of rain have fallen since nearly 100 percent of the state was battling extreme drought, more than 70 percent of the state is still fighting drought conditions. Winter annual grasses took a heavy ... Read More »

Grant Writing Webinar on Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program is Feb. 3

The Increasing Trend of Locally Sourced Products

Auburn, Alabama– A free webinar focusing on effective grant writing strategies for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) programs such as the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) is set for Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. until noon. Local Food Promotion Program planning grant awards range from $25,000 to $100,000. The LFPP implementation grant awards range ... Read More »

Field and Garden Flood Recovery

AUBURN, Ala.— Flooding causes destruction where ever it occurs. Often homes and businesses take the brunt of flood damage. Field and garden flood recovery are equally important in the aftermath of a natural disaster. If your backyard garden was in a flooded area, chances are it lost some nitrogen and will need refertilization. It is important to wait several days before ... Read More »

Alabama Agriculture Outlook Meetings Planned

Farm Outlook

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama Extension will hold a series of Alabama Agriculture Outlook meetings across the state in January. Alabama Farm and Agribusiness Resource Management (FARM) professionals will update farmers, producers and agribusiness owners on the current situation of agriculture in the state as well as expectations for 2017. The meetings will look at key elements of the state’s agriculture as well ... Read More »

Drought Continues – Extension Launches Website

AlabamaDrought.com

AUBURN, Ala.— Despite several inches of rain, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that Alabama is still experiencing a drought. More than 66 percent of the state is suffering under extreme or exceptional drought, the two most severe categories. With deficits ranging from 12 to 20 inches for the year, late November and early December rains did little to alleviate long-term ... Read More »

Alabama Bee Workshop Dec. 12-14 in Auburn

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Auburn, Alabama — Bees are fundamental to ensuring that Alabama’s farms can produce a diversity of food. The Bee Biodiversity Initiative at Auburn University will host an Alabama Bee Workshop Dec. 12-14 on the Auburn campus. Attendees will brainstorm about how to harness the state’s native bees, flies and butterflies to help Alabama farmers produce high quality food along with ... Read More »