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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 »

Extension Farm and Agribusiness Management Team Offers Farm Tax Seminar

AUBURN, Ala. — Extension’s newly formed Farm and Agribusiness Management Team will present a one-day workshop Friday, Oct. 14, for accountants who work with farmers and other agribusinesses. The Farm Tax CPE Seminar will be in Prattville at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center at Capitol Hill. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The conference center is located at 2500 ... Read More »

Perilla Mint: Dangerous to Livestock

perilla mint

AUBURN, Ala. – During droughts, livestock are tempted to eat anything green. While grasses dry up, some poisonous plants can survive the dry weather. Perilla mint is one of the most dangerous. Perilla mint is found throughout the South in pastures, fields and along roadsides. The leaves of perilla mint make the plant look  attractive. Leaves are egg shaped and purple ... Read More »

Armyworms Causing Headaches for Homeowners

fall armyworms

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama farmers have been battling fall armyworms in their pastures since July, and now the pest is giving homeowners headaches. Dr. Dave Han, a turf specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says 2016 is an above average year for fall armyworms in lawns and turfgrasses. “They attack a wide variety of plants, including home turf,” said Han. “Bermudagrass ... Read More »