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Farm Diversification Spreads Risk

AUBURN, Ala.— Farm diversification is an important farm management practice producers use to maximize profits and reduce risks. What is Farm Diversification? Diversification is “the attempt to capture market gains and reduce risk by having multiple enterprise opportunities as part of my business plan,” said Ken Kelley, a regional farm and agribusiness management agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Kelley ... Read More »

Farm City Day Connects Students To Agricultural Roots

AUTAUGAVILLE, Ala.—For more than sixty years, counties throughout Alabama have celebrated Farm City Week. Different events designed to bring rural and urban communities together happen throughout the state during the month of November. The 2016 Farm City Week theme is “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.” Farm City Day Field Trip Extension offices throughout the state are active participants in ... Read More »

Extension Specialists Encouraging Farmers to Sign Up for Assistance Programs

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals are encouraging livestock producers to sign up for the Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). Ken Kelley, a farm and agribusiness management agent, is encouraging producers to sign up for assistance through local FSA offices. “More than half of the state is eligible for assistance from the FSA,” Kelley said. “With widespread drought, ... Read More »

How to pick the perfect pumpkin

Auburn, Alabama — It’s fall and you’re walking into your local pumpkin patch or grocery store to pick a pumpkin. But how can you be sure you are picking the best pumpkin for your home this season? Picking the pumpkin The key to picking the best pumpkin depends on the maturity of the pumpkin. Here are two easy ways to ... Read More »

Can you spot the difference? Comparing Satsumas, tangerines and oranges

Auburn, Alabama — What do you know about an orange? Do you know what Satsuma is? What about a tangerine? All part of the citrus family, Satsuma, tangerines and oranges seem to be similar. However, the differences in each are enough to compare and contrast the three. The difference James Miles, an Alabama Extension regional agent in commercial horticulture, said that ... Read More »

Climate and Crops: A Guide to Variable Climate Farming

 AUBURN, Ala.— Forecasts show a worsening drought expanding across the Southeast. Drought threatens Southeastern states’ economic health. In Alabama alone, major row crops generated more than $663 million in 2015. With crop prices low,  farmers need tools to help ensure that the 2017 season is profitable. Climate and Crops, a new iBook from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn ... Read More »

Strategies to Help Livestock Producers Battle Drought

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AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama is suffering the worst drought conditions the state has seen since 2006. Some areas need as much as 15 inches to break the drought. Livestock producers are facing tough decisions about how to manage their herds. Not only is watering their herds an issue, but now feeding the herd is becoming an issue as well. Ken ... Read More »

Bayer-Monsanto Deal Impacts Farmers

By Hunter Reardon Auburn, Alabama —The proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger, which will bring both chemical companies under the Bayer umbrella, could have a significant impact on cotton seed prices. Other seed prices may not be impacted for now, says Alabama Extension economist Max Runge, though other mergers down the road could pose a different set of issues. The German pharmaceutical giant, Bayer, ... Read More »

2016 Corn and Wheat Short Course to be Held in Auburn

AUBURN, Ala.—The 2016 Alabama Corn and Wheat Short Course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 12-13. Presenters from Auburn University, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, other land grant universities including Kansas State University, University of Kentucky, University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University and University of Georgia, as well as private companies, will address a ... Read More »

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 »