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‘Orange’ You Glad Alabama Grows Satsumas

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 AUBURN, Alabama —The holiday season is a reminder to Alabama residents that Satsumas are ripe for the picking. Alabama Cooperative Extension System regional agent James Miles said producers in south Alabama have been harvesting Satsumas for nearly four weeks. Peak harvest season comes between Thanksgiving and Christmas, making Satsumas a yummy gift or an easy grab in the grocery store. ... Read More »

La Niña May Bring Unseasonably Warm Winter Weather

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AUBURN, Ala.—The El Niño weather event of 2015-2016 brought drought and other agricultural hardships to the southern United States. Dr. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System scientist, said a La Nina phase is on the horizon. The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a driving force in southeastern climate variability. Periodic warming and cooling of the eastern Pacific Ocean ... Read More »

Final Produce Safety Training Set for Dec. 5

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AUBURN, Ala. — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will conduct the final Produce Safety training workshop of 2017 on Dec. 5 in Mobile. A new produce safety rule focusing on setting the first-ever federal regulatory standards for production, harvest and handling of fruits and vegetables will subject growers to inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Alabama Department ... Read More »

Precision Planter Clinic Set for Nov. 30

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension is set to host a precision planter clinic Nov. 30 at the E.V. Smith Research Center Conference Facility. The clinic will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Dr. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist, said that this clinic will assist farmers in keeping up with modern planting technologies. “The adoption ... Read More »

Ag Outlook Meetings Scheduled Across Alabama

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold a series of Alabama Agriculture Outlook meetings across the state in December and January. The Farm and Agribusiness Management team will update farmers, producers and agribusiness owners on the current agricultural situation in the state, as well as expectations for 2018. The meetings will look at key elements of the state’s agriculture and ... Read More »

Boiled peanuts, a southern tailgating tradition

AUBURN, Ala. – Football season is back in full swing, bringing another southern tradition along with it – boiled peanuts. “They’re just part of tailgating,” said Jimmy Jones, county Extension coordinator for Henry County. Boiled peanuts are not only good for gameday. They are historically and economically important to agriculture, especially in the Southeast. Peanuts grow best in sandy soil, which ... Read More »

Be Safe This Harvest Season–Tractor Safety Tips

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Auburn, Alabama — Harvest season hustles on in Alabama. Jimmy Jones, Alabama Cooperative Extension System coordinator in Henry County, offers a few important safety reminders for all tractor operators and farm families during harvest season. Farmers have likely heard these safety tips before, but they are important to remember. 1. One Seat, One Driver This rule is important to remember for both children ... Read More »

Farmers Hustle to Harvest as Nate Tracks Westward, Targets Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.— A westward shift in the projected track of Tropical Storm Nate is putting Alabama producers—and their fall crops—in the line of fire. Producers in south Alabama are putting noses to the grindstone and harvesting peanuts and sweet potatoes into the night, while farmers in central Alabama focus on peanuts and recently defoliated cotton. Nate Hurries South Alabama Farmers ... Read More »

Row Crops Short Course Set for December

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is working with Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences to bring Alabama farmers the Row Crops Short Course. The short course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 12 and 13. The First Row Crops Short Course Previously, Alabama Extension faculty and agents brought producers ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Crop Escapes Major Hurricane Damage

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AUBURN, Ala.—Cotton producers are looking toward harvest in the wake of two major hurricanes that slammed into the Texas and Florida coasts. Hurricane Irma, though not originally expected to affect Alabama, hit many areas of the state with tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. For some producers, rain was a welcome sight. Other producers’ fields took a battering from strong ... Read More »