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Farmers Hustle to Harvest as Nate Tracks Westward, Targets Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.— A westward shift in the projected track of Tropical Storm Nate is putting Alabama producers—and their fall crops—in the line of fire. Producers in south Alabama are putting noses to the grindstone and harvesting peanuts and sweet potatoes into the night, while farmers in central Alabama focus on peanuts and recently defoliated cotton. Nate Hurries South Alabama Farmers ... Read More »

Scouting for Small Grain Insects During Winter

AUBURN, Ala.—Responsible crop management is one of the most important aspects of row crop farming. Producers need to correctly identify and scout for insect, disease, and other problems in order to choose appropriate management strategies. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Entomologist, Dr. Kathy Flanders, said there are two primary insects to look for in small grains this winter: aphids and Hessian ... Read More »

Alabama Producers Add Canola to Rotations

AUBURN, Ala.—Golden fields lined rural highways in central and northern parts of the state this spring as producers add canola to crop rotations. Alabama Extension Crop Specialist, Dr. Dennis Delaney said farmers are incorporating the crop in part because of its resistance to diseases that have caused issues in fields in north Alabama, but also because of benefits to soil ... Read More »

Cover Crop Residue May Provide Thrips Control

AUBURN, Ala.—Cotton fields in the south are ravaged by thrips each year. While there are seed treatments available to producers for thrips control, many fields still see moderate thrips damage. Alabama Cooperative Extension researchers are beginning the second year of trials to study the use of cover crop residue as a deterrent for thrips. Retired Extension Entomologist Dr. Ron Smith ... Read More »

Crop Outlook 2016: Farmers Take on Long-term Perspectives

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AUBURN, Ala.—Droughts, heavy rainfall and a variety of other conditions plagued farmers in 2015. Now, producers heading into planting for 2016 are already researching and making decisions hoping to make this growing season better than the last. Max Runge, an Alabama Extension economist, said farmers throughout the Southeast have experienced production highs and lows in recent years due to a ... Read More »

No Off-Season for Variety Trial Researchers

AUBURN, Ala. — As farmers begin to plan next year’s crop, Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals and Auburn University faculty are working ahead to determine the best varieties for farmers across the state. Variety trials can take two forms. On-farm variety trials are conducted by Alabama Extension agents and Auburn University College of Agriculture faculty on privately owned farm land. University official variety trials ... Read More »

Pecan Trees–A Perfect Addition to the Home Landscape

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AUBURN,Ala.—The holiday season is upon us and people around the country are looking forward to gatherings spent feasting with families and friends. One food in particular that is often found at many holiday celebrations is pecan pie. Unknown to many, Alabama is actually an ideal place for growing pecan trees.  You could someday produce a pecan pie for the holidays ... Read More »

True Armyworms on the March In Alabama

True Armyworm Damage in Pasture

True armyworms are another problem that Alabama’s farmers did not need. Cold weather and heavy rains delayed many farmers from planting their row crops in a timely manner. Now, an entomologist with Alabama Extension says true armyworms have been identified in two northeast Alabama counties. “The cool, wet spring created ideal circumstances for these caterpillars,” said Dr. Kathy Flanders. “We ... Read More »

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Coming in February

  Fruit and vegetable producers should finalize plans to attend the upcoming Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association’s conference and trade show Feb. 6-7 at the Marriott Grand National Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika, Alabama. Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, entomologist and commercial horticulture program coordinator with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said it is a great opportunity for networking. “Producers will get to meet ... Read More »

Farming America and the Digital Divide

As many Americans march forward with new technology to make their lives easier, there is a portion of the population being left behind–waiting to access new technologies and new applications. Broadband access and fiber-optic telephone lines may seem like standard amenities, but for many in rural America, it is a matter of access and affordability. Max Runge, an economist with ... Read More »