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Alabama Producers Growing Carinata for Biofuel

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AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama growers are sowing the seeds of a new biofuel oil crop this winter. Brassica carinata, informally known as carinata, is similar to canola (Brassica napus L.)—a crop many producers introduced to rotations several years ago. An oilseed crop, carinata seed is larger than millet and smaller than sorghum. Canola was grown and crushed for food-grade oils, but carinata is ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Hosts Precision Ag Workshop

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AUBURN, Alabama—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host the year’s first precision agriculture workshop Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. While producers continue to adopt new farming technologies, Alabama Extension professionals are committed to working alongside them with industry partners to expand their practical knowledge and increase adoption. Previously held at E.V. Smith ... Read More »

Alabama Beekeeping Symposium Set for Early February

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AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host the 23rd Annual Beekeeping Symposium in early February. Set for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, the workshop will be held at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center. “A group of outstanding speakers will cover a broad range of topics that will interest keepers from beginners to veterans,” said Dr. James Tew, beekeeping specialist ... Read More »

Temple Grandin Visits Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala. –Auburn University’s Department of Animal Sciences recently hosted Dr. Temple Grandin, an internationally known specialist in animal behavior. Grandin spoke to students on the importance of good animal handling and management. Jason P’Pool, an Alabama Extension animal science specialist, said Grandin’s visit provided Auburn University students with a chance to hear from one of the industry’s best. “Dr. ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Yields Third Highest in History

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AUBURN, Alabama—Despite a year with a multitude of challenges in the field, Alabama cotton yields are currently estimated to be the third highest in state history. Cotton production this year is up 18 percent from 2016 production. Alabama Cooperative Extension System economist Max Runge said this increase stems primarily from a 25 percent increase in harvested acreage over 2016. “Given ... Read More »

Alabama Extension to Host Precision Ag Workshop in January

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AUBURN, Alabama—Agricultural technologies are evolving, and producers are evolving alongside. The days of horse and buggy are a thing of the past as farmers seek to be more productive and sustainable on fewer acres. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System recognizes the need to grow and is working with industry partners to conduct workshops to educate farmers. Extension professionals will host ... Read More »

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Threat to Vegetable Producers

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AUBURN, Ala. – Yellowmargined leaf beetle,Microtheca ochroloma, is a major pest of brassicas across the Southeast. Crops like turnips, napa cabbage, mustard, radish and cabbages among others are vulnerable. Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, an Alabama Extension entomologist, said the pest can destroy winter crops. “It doesn’t matter whether those crops are grown in open field or under high tunnels,” he said. ... Read More »

‘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 »