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Peach Crop Insurance Meeting March 2 at Alabama Green Industry Training Center

Peach Crop Insurance

AUBURN, Alabama — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is hosting a Peach Crop Insurance meeting with the USDA Risk Management Agency, Thursday, March 2. The meeting is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alabama Green Industry Training Center at 5521 Cahaba Valley Rd, Birmingham, Alabama. Centered in Chilton County, the peach industry is an important part of Alabama’s economy. According to the U.S. ... Read More »

Seasonal Produce: Best Time to Buy

Auburn, Alabama — Buying and eating food in its correct season is a cost-saving way to enjoy the health benefits of  seasonal produce. It also puts money back into the local economy and reduces  environmental impact. Growing seasons vary around the country. Today’s food system gives the illusion that certain fruits and vegetables are in season year-round. What are the costs and benefits of ... Read More »

Extension Will Host Precision Agriculture Sprayer Clinic

AUBURN. Ala. –When faced with the new environmental regulations and the challenge to produce more food, the adoption of sprayer technology and the ability to accurately analyze and use the data collected has become increasingly significant. Dr. Brenda Ortiz and the Alabama Precision Agriculture Extension Program will host a Sprayer Clinic March 10 at the E.V. Smith Research Center (4725 ... Read More »

Extension Announces Multiple Precision Agriculture Training Opportunities

AUBURN, Ala.—Adoption of precision agriculture technology in the Southeast is increasing, but farmers still struggle with taking full advantage of the technology available to adopt site-specific management practices. Dr. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist, along with other Extension specialists will hold several workshops to educate individuals in order to maximize their use of precision agriculture technologies. The ... Read More »

Low Chill Hours Cause Worry for Peach Producers

peach orchard

AUBURN, Ala. – This year, fruit growers are experiencing one of the warmest winters in more than 60 years. Most deciduous fruit trees, such as peach trees, adapt to winter cold and require a certain number of chill hours to produce a good harvest. As of Feb. 1, the Chilton Research and Extension Center in Clanton, Alabama, has logged 587 ... Read More »

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 »