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Soybeans Shattering in Fields Throughout Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.—The drought plaguing crops in Alabama has put producers in precarious positions as they harvest cotton, soybeans and peanuts this fall. Soybean producers throughout the state have reported issues with pod shattering, as they harvest in record-breaking dry conditions. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Soybean Specialist, Dr. Dennis Delaney, said soybean pod shattering is a result of droughty conditions throughout ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Encourages Farmers to Pursue Drought Assistance Options

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AUBURN, Alabama–More than 30 counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas because of ongoing drought conditions. Those counties and an additional 15 contiguous counties are eligible for drought assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To help producers battle the threats, the U.S.D.A. offers farmers several drought assistance programs through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Ken Kelley, a ... Read More »

Fall Tractor Safety Tips

  Auburn, Alabama — Fall has arrived in Alabama, and it is time for some tractor safety refresher tips.  Jimmy Jones, Alabama Cooperative Extension System coordinator in Henry County, offers a few important 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 ... Read More »

Alabama Extension and Auburn University Gear Up for Sunbelt Ag Expo

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AUBURN,Ala.—When the 39th Sunbelt Ag Expo gets underway October 18 in Moultrie, Georgia, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University’s College of Agriculture will be on hand. Alabama Extension professionals, Auburn faculty and students will showcase research, education and Extension efforts to improve Alabama’s economy and quality of life. College of Agriculture Dean Paul Patterson says that Auburn University has a ... 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 important for gameday. They are historically and economically important to agriculture, especially in the Southeast. Peanuts grow best in sandy soil, ... Read More »

Screwworm Outbreak in Florida, Alabama Producers Urged to Keep Watch

AUBURN, Ala.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed three New World screwworm cases in Florida last week. Three Wild Key Deer on a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida are the first locally confirmed cases of New World screwworms in more than three decades. In 2007 and 2010, dogs from Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela were ... Read More »

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 »