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Armyworms Causing Headaches for Homeowners

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AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama farmers have been battling fall armyworms in their pastures since July, and now the pest is giving homeowners headaches. Dr. Dave Han, a turf specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says 2016 is an above average year for fall armyworms in lawns and turfgrasses. “They attack a wide variety of plants, including home turf,” said Han. “Bermudagrass ... Read More »

Tax Implications of Selling Cattle During Drought

cattle sale tax

AUBURN, Ala. – Cattle producers in north Alabama are facing drought conditions. In extreme cases of drought, producers may have to reduce their herd size to take the stress off their pasture. Selling such a large number of cattle at one time can raise concerns about the tax consequences from these sales. Producers are often looking for ways to postpone ... Read More »

Are Mountain Lions Roaming Alabama Woods?

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AUBURN, Ala. – A recent mountain lion attack on a child in Colorado has people wondering just where in the United States the large predator lives.  While most common out west, scientists say their range is expanding.  Four documented sightings of mountain lions occurred in Tennessee in 2015.  A 2015 game camera photo  led to speculation about mountain lions in Alabama. ... Read More »

Find the Right 4-H Club to Fit Your Interests

AUBURN, Ala.- Alabama 4-H has numerous types of clubs. These clubs are available all over Alabama, not just in rural areas. Some counties offer clubs through local school systems, some have after-school specialty clubs and some counties have both. 4-H focuses on youth development and education through various hands-on activities and events. Becoming a 4-H member allows youth to participate in ... Read More »

Hive to Home

How the honey you enjoy gets from the hive to your home Auburn, Alabama—Beekeeping is an age-old craft that has changed through the years with new methods and technology. The process of harvesting honey, which is fascinating in itself, is actually not even the most important benefit of honey bees. “Honey bees’ primary purpose is pollinating crops and ornamental flowers ... Read More »

Carpenter Bees Buzzing and Bothering

Carpenter bee by Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

AUBURN, Ala.–Warmer weather means carpenter bees are out and about. An Alabama Extension entomologist says these bees generally will not sting you, but they can be intimidating.  Dr. Xing Ping Hu says that carpenter bees are rather loud and large.  She says the only threat they pose is to the wood in buildings and homes. Carpenter bees are important to ... Read More »

Rainwater Harvesting Could Revolutionize Poultry Industry

Rainwater harvesting

AUBURN, Ala.—Raising broiler chickens takes water—a lot of water. But rainwater harvesting could substantially reduce Alabama poultry growers’ dependence on municipal water sources or well water and reduce growers’ annual water bill by as much as $16,000 or more and pay for itself in as few as four to five years. Dr. Gene Simpson, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds

AUBURN, Ala. – Herbicide resistant weeds are a growing problem for row crop farmers. Dr. Joyce Tredaway Ducar, an Alabama Extension weed scientist, said scouting fields is critical. “Scouting is the only way to know which weeds are present, and their patterns in the field can help to understand why they are present,” said Tredaway Ducar. Adding scouting to your ... Read More »

Food Entrepreneur Conference Set for April 27-28

food entrepreneur

AUBURN, Ala.–Last year, more than 40 aspiring and up-and-coming food entrepreneurs attended the Food Entrepreneur Conference in Auburn to learn more about starting their own food business. Patricia Barnes, or “Sister Schubert,” shared the story of how she got her Parker House-style yeast rolls – a family recipe – into grocery stores nationwide, and marketing guru John Marsh talked about ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Work with Organic Producers Recognized Nationally

organic producers

AUBURN, Ala.— Insects are a significant problem for Alabama’s conventional fruit and vegetable growers, but for the state’s organic producers, they are a huge problem. Organic growers have a strong ally in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. A team led by Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist, has used grants from the Sustainable Agriculture and Education (SARE) program to identify new ... Read More »