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Growing Local: The World of Wine in Alabama Vineyards

vineyards

Auburn, Alabama — You don’t have to travel to the west coast to experience some of the most amazing and tasty vineyards. That’s right, right here in Alabama there are more than 10 fully operating grape vineyards that welcome visitors daily. Most Alabama natives are unaware of how prevalent grape vineyards are in the state until they happen upon one for themselves. ... Read More »

Mullenix Honored by Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association

CLANTON, Ala. – The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) recently named Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist as the 2016 Outstanding Extension Educator.  The Outstanding Extension Educator Award is presented to recognize and honor an exceptional Extension Educator and their support and implementation of beef cattle performance programs in Alabama. Mullenix, who is also an Auburn University ... Read More »

Aquaponics Workshop Set for April 11

AUBURN, Ala. – If you are looking for an interesting new business venture or hobby, consider attending the aquaponics workshop by Alabama Extension. One of the hottest topics in agriculture right now is aquaponics. Aquaponics is a form of farming that integrates aquaculture and hydroponics (growing plants without soil) to provide homegrown fish and vegetables that you control. The workshop ... Read More »

Hybrid Sorghum Varieties Available for Growers

sugarcane aphid resistant hybrid varieties

AUBURN, Ala.—The battle between Alabama sorghum growers and sugarcane aphid infestations has raged for several years. Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals working with industry partners have worked diligently to determine the best courses of action for southern sorghum growers. The Sorghum Checkoff program recently released a list of hybrid sorghum varieties known to be resistant to sugarcane aphids. Alabama Extension ... Read More »

Freezing Temperatures Threaten Strawberry, Peach Crops

peach orchard

AUBURN, Ala.—The threat of freezing temperatures in Alabama quickly shifted strawberry and peach growers from production mode into protection mode. Producers of both fruits are making preparations to protect their crops from frost and freezing temperatures. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Commercial Horticulturist, Dr. Elina Coneva, specializes in commercial fruit crops production. Coneva said growers throughout the state are implementing protective measures ... Read More »

Corn Nematodes: Silent Yield Thieves

AUBURN, Ala.—Corn nematodes in Alabama are a problem many growers are not aware of. The nematodes feed on roots, and cause symptoms similar to those of soil fertility disorders. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Entomologist and Plant Pathologist, Dr. Austin Hagan, said nematodes can cause slow corn seedling growth and plant discoloration. “We have problems with nematodes in corn each year,” ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Launches Avian Influenza Website

avian influenza

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has launched www.AlabamaAvianInfluenza.com in response to the recent confirmed cases of avian influenza in Tennessee. “This website will be Extension’s education portal for consumers, backyard flock owners and commercial operators,” said Dr. Gary Lemme, Alabama Extension director.  “The site features important information on biosecurity measures for backyard keepers in particular.” The website, www.AlabamaAvianInfluenza.com, features ... Read More »

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 »