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Alabama Cotton Crop Escapes Major Hurricane Damage

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AUBURN, Ala.—Cotton producers are looking toward harvest in the wake of two major hurricanes that slammed into the Texas and Florida coasts. Hurricane Irma, though not originally expected to affect Alabama, hit many areas of the state with tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. For some producers, rain was a welcome sight. Other producers’ fields took a battering from strong ... Read More »

Silverleaf Whitefly: Devastating to Cotton Industry

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AUBURN, Ala. – The silverleaf whitefly (SLWF) is proving to be a big problem for cotton producers in Alabama. First found in Alabama in 1997, SLWF feeds on cotton plants and has been active in the Southeast the last few years. In 2016, SLWF heavily infested cotton crops in several counties surrounding Tifton, Georgia. Now, SLWF has spread over much ... Read More »

Extension Entomologists Warn Cotton Producers about Tarnished Plant Bugs

AUBURN, Ala.—The 2017 planting and growing seasons have been vastly different than the planting and growing conditions farmers contended with in 2016. From 2016’s extreme drought to 2017’s continued flash flooding, producers have struggled in the field. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Ron Smith said the 2017 season has already been distinctly different than any season he remembers. “Delayed ... Read More »

Cotton Byproducts Supplement Cattle Feed

AUBURN, Ala. — While producers across the state are harvesting cotton, livestock owners are gearing up to purchase cotton byproducts to supplement minerals and feeds throughout the winter months. Alabama Extension beef specialist Kim Mullenix, said the Southeast is one of the largest cotton producing areas in the U.S., with Alabama contributing significant acreage to the regional total. This makes cotton byproducts ... Read More »

On-Farm Variety Trials: Helping Farmers Prepare

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Choosing the right variety of cotton to plant is a major decision for farmers.  They want to choose a variety that offers them the best opportunity to harvest a bountiful and quality crop. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System provides farmers with important guidance with its on-farm variety trials. Currently, Alabama Extension is gearing up for its 2015 on-farm variety trials. What ... Read More »