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December is Primetime for Chinese Privet Control

AUBURN, Ala. — Chinese privet is widely used as an ornamental throughout the Southeastern United States.  It was introduced to the U.S. from Southeast Asia in the early 1850s. . Chinese privet is a single to multi-stemmed shrub with dark green leaves that grow throughout the year. It produces thick clusters of small white flowers each spring.  Dark dark blue fruits mature in the ... Read More »

Water Conservation Still Vital

AUBURN, Ala.— Farmers and residents alike welcomed rains across Alabama, but an Alabama Extension water resource expert says one rain does not break a drought. Dr. Eve Brantley says the drought will persist and water conservation is necessary. Will 2-3 Inches Make a Dent? While two to 3 inches of rain is a start, all Alabama counties will continue to have ... Read More »

Rare White Squirrel Spotted on Auburn University Campus

AUBURN, Alabama — In the novel Moby Dick, Captain Ahab searches for an elusive white whale. Now, Auburn University students and faculty have their own quest trying to spot a rare white squirrel scurrying up and down the trees behind the Fisheries building on campus. Dr. Troy Best, an Auburn University biological sciences professor, has seen the white squirrel several times from a distance. There ... Read More »

Get Prepared For Hunting Season

AUBURN, Ala.- It is almost that time of year again, the one that hunters have been waiting for — hunting season. With cooler weather creeping in, it is time to prepare your land. Shooting your bow and sighting in your gun can get you ready and excited for the season. But, there is more to do. Here are just a ... Read More »

Hunting Safety

Auburn, Ala.— Hunting season is right around the corner. Regardless of game, ammo or method, safety is always a top priority.  Bow season opens October 15 and gun season opens November 19. Marisa Lee Futral is the coordinator of hunter education for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Futral says there are 10 commandments of firearm safety to ... Read More »

Look Out for Yellow Jackets this Fall

Auburn, Alabama — Yellow jackets have their second peak of activity in the fall. Many people encounter and experience painful stings from these wasps during outdoor activities such as tailgating, picnics and parties. Yellow jackets are black-and-yellow social wasps.  Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said, hornets usually construct exposed nests in branches of ... Read More »

Be Safe After a Disaster

AUBURN, Ala. – While Alabama is dodging the fury of Hurricane Matthew, millions along the Atlantic coast from Florida to the Carolinas are in his path.  It is important for Alabama residents to remember the importance of being prepared for a hurricane or other severe weather. When natural disasters strike, take care of yourself and your family first. There are ... Read More »

Brodbeck Cycles in Tour de Trees

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AUBURN, Ala. — Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals are dedicated to their work, whether in or out of the office. One Alabama Extension agent is taking dedication and awareness to another level with a six-day, 610-mile bike ride. Beau Brodbeck, a regional forestry, wildlife and natural resources agent based in Baldwin County, has been gearing up for the trip with months ... 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 »

Flooding Can Happen in a Flash

Auburn, Ala.— Hurricane season is here, and several storms are circulating in the Atlantic. One storm, 99-L, is one Alabamians and people along the Southeast Coast should watch closely over the next five days. Weather forecasters are predicting the storm to move across the Bahamas and Florida and possibly enter the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say there is a 60 ... Read More »