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Fall Busy Time for Farmers, Cotton Harvest In Progress

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AUBURN, Ala. — For many Alabama farmers, fall is filled with weeks of harvesting crops. Corn, peanuts, cotton and soybeans are all harvested during the fall. With corn harvest completed and an ongoing peanut harvest, other producers are switching gears and heading to the cotton picker. Statewide Cotton Update Dr. Trey Cutts, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System cotton specialist, said producers are harvesting ... Read More »

Producers Pod Blasting to Determine Peanut Maturity

AUBURN, Ala.— Pod blasting is an improved method farmers use to determine optimum peanut maturity for harvest. For many years, peanut producers used the pod scraping method, where pocketknives—or other sharp objects—were used to scrape away the outer layers of the shell. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Peanut Research Associate, Kris Balkcom, said the widely adopted use of lightweight pressure washers ... Read More »

Alabama Soybean Harvest Considerations

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  AUBURN, Ala.— Soybean harvest has begun in some areas of Alabama, and harvesting will continue to increase as producers move toward the month of October. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System crop specialist said soybean harvest often sneaks up on busy producers. Making preparations for soybean harvest ahead of time may save producers time and money down the road. Physiological Maturity ... Read More »

Pesticide Applicator University Set for Oct. 26-27

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Green Industry Training Center will host the Pesticide Applicator University, a comprehensive continuing education program for people who have commercial applicator permits, Oct. 26 and 27 at the Opelika Grand National Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika. Dr. Sonja Thomas, coordinator of Alabama Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program, said this conference ... Read More »

What is available at fall farmers markets

AUBURN, Ala. – As the weather gets colder and the fall months push on, farmers market shoppers are left to question what is still available at their favorite markets.   (Photo: Patrick Kuhl // Flickr) Within the last few years, the nearly 200 Alabama markets have seen a dramatic rise in popularity. Due to this increase, farmers are finding new ways to stay competitive ... Read More »

Drought Conditions Affecting Goat Producers

AUBURN, Ala. – Most goat producers rely on pastures as a primary food resource for their herds. Because of ongoing drought conditions, forage has become limited. That means producers must find ways to overcome these challenges. Depending upon the available resources, every situation will vary. Browse Goats are best suited to eat browse (tree leaves, shrubs, vines and bramble). If ... Read More »

Alabama Fall Crop Outlook

AUBURN, Ala.—Farming is not for the faint of heart. Many are the varying factors that play a part in good growing seasons and high yields. Producers deal with pest pressures, weed issues, too much—or not enough—rainfall and a plethora of variables on a daily basis during the growing season. There are a number of crops grown between the northern and ... Read More »

Storage Bin Prep Essential to Proper Storage

AUBURN, Ala.—Producers are beginning corn harvest after a summer season with sweltering heat and little rainfall. Irrigated corn may have faired well, but producers with dryland corn are hoping for decent yields as they head to the field. The effort and expense in the field may be worth nothing if producers don’t spend time making storage preparations in the grain ... Read More »

Auburn Animal Sciences Department to Host HORSE U Nov. 12

AUBURN, Ala. — A one-day educational program for children and teens who own or have a passion for horses is Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. at the Stanley P. Wilson Beef Teaching Unit on the Auburn University campus. “The fifth annual HORSE U—or Horse Ownership Resources, Skills and Education for Youths—will offer youth ... Read More »

Pesticide Clean Day Held in Macon County

AUBURN, Ala.— The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is partnering with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to facilitate “Clean Day” Sept. 14 in Macon County.  Clean Day provides a cost-free opportunity for farmers, pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers, pest control operators and nurserymen to dispose of up to 1,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides in a safe, environmentally sound way. Products that are ... Read More »