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Cold Snap Won’t Faze Insect Pests

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AUBURN, Alabama—If the recent cold snap had hopes of an insect-free season springing to mind, think again. Even after a week of frigid temperatures—uncharacteristic even for Alabama winters—insects will likely survive. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist said insects are not usually susceptible to cold temperatures. “Some crops, fruit trees and even livestock animals may fall prey to ... Read More »

Alabama Producers Growing Carinata for Biofuel


AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama growers are sowing the seeds of a new biofuel oil crop this winter. Brassica carinata, informally known as carinata, is similar to canola (Brassica napus L.)—a crop many producers introduced to rotations several years ago. An oilseed crop, carinata seed is larger than millet and smaller than sorghum. Canola was grown and crushed for food-grade oils, but carinata is ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Hosts Precision Ag Workshop

precision ag planter

AUBURN, Alabama—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host the year’s first precision agriculture workshop Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. While producers continue to adopt new farming technologies, Alabama Extension professionals are committed to working alongside them with industry partners to expand their practical knowledge and increase adoption. Previously held at E.V. Smith ... Read More »

Temple Grandin Visits Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala. –Auburn University’s Department of Animal Sciences recently hosted Dr. Temple Grandin, an internationally known specialist in animal behavior. Grandin spoke to students on the importance of good animal handling and management. Jason P’Pool, an Alabama Extension animal science specialist, said Grandin’s visit provided Auburn University students with a chance to hear from one of the industry’s best. “Dr. ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Yields Third Highest in History

Alabama Cotton Yields

AUBURN, Alabama—Despite a year with a multitude of challenges in the field, Alabama cotton yields are currently estimated to be the third highest in state history. Cotton production this year is up 18 percent from 2016 production. Alabama Cooperative Extension System economist Max Runge said this increase stems primarily from a 25 percent increase in harvested acreage over 2016. “Given ... Read More »

Alabama Extension to Host Precision Ag Workshop in January

precision ag planter

AUBURN, Alabama—Agricultural technologies are evolving, and producers are evolving alongside. The days of horse and buggy are a thing of the past as farmers seek to be more productive and sustainable on fewer acres. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System recognizes the need to grow and is working with industry partners to conduct workshops to educate farmers. Extension professionals will host ... Read More »

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Threat to Vegetable Producers

Yellowmargined leaf beetle feeding

AUBURN, Ala. – Yellowmargined leaf beetle,Microtheca ochroloma, is a major pest of brassicas across the Southeast. Crops like turnips, napa cabbage, mustard, radish and cabbages among others are vulnerable. Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, an Alabama Extension entomologist, said the pest can destroy winter crops. “It doesn’t matter whether those crops are grown in open field or under high tunnels,” he said. ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Wins NAE4-HA Interactive 4-H Educational Website Award

4-Hi website welcome screen

AUBURN, Alabama — Alabama 4-H  recently won the National Interactive 4-H Educational Website Award with its 4-Hi website. The Alabama team was recognized at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama Team Members Members of the Alabama Extension team included Dr. Molly Gregg, 4-H Program Leader; Kimberly Graham, 4-H communications specialist; Bruce Dupree, Extension creative services manager; Aimee Lewis, ... Read More »

Insect Pests Want ‘In’

AUBURN, Ala.—Social media outlets detail stories of lady beetles invading homes through cracks, crevices and doors during the fall. These insect pests aren’t the only ones seeking warmer shelter during the cooler months. Stinkbugs and kudzu bugs are also likely to be found in homes as the weather begins to change. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Xing Ping Hu ... Read More »

Final Produce Safety Training Set for Dec. 5

produce safety training

AUBURN, Ala. — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will conduct the final Produce Safety training workshop of 2017 on Dec. 5 in Mobile. A new produce safety rule focusing on setting the first-ever federal regulatory standards for production, harvest and handling of fruits and vegetables will subject growers to inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Alabama Department ... Read More »