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Odd Weather Conditions Leave Cotton Producers Concerned

AUBURN, Ala. – Weather this spring disrupted planting for cotton crops in south Alabama, leaving farmers across the Wiregrass concerned. Weather Difficulties Cool temperatures in April halted planting until early May. Hot temperatures and low rainfall in May made for difficult planting. Many growers stopped planting because of the dry conditions. When rain did arrive in late May, it rained ... Read More »

Corn Earworms, Cotton Bollworms Build Resistance

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AUBURN, Ala.—The introduction of genetic engineering in cotton was game-changing for producers. Even more so was the introduction of insect-resistant genes in corn—especially for producers in the Midwest who deal with the corn rootworm. Now, entomologists and scientists are working to determine the best course of action as corn earworms and cotton bollworms develop resistance to the first, second and ... Read More »

Grasshoppers Cause Issues in Seedling Cotton

Photo of differential grasshoppers feeding on a stem. Photo by Mike Zapata, Frisco Urban Forestry Board, bugwood.org.

AUBURN, Ala.—There are beneficial insects who take up residence in cotton fields, and then there are damaging pests, like the grasshopper, who create problems for cotton producers. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist, Dr. Ron Smith, said grasshoppers have been sporadic seedling cotton pests for more than 10 years. A well-known fable about an ant and a grasshopper depicts the ant ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Hosts Cotton and Soybean Scouting School

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AUBURN, Ala.—Producers will have an opportunity to brush up on insect scouting techniques at the annual cotton and soybean “scouting school” workshops. The Alabama Cooperative Extension crops team is hosting the scouting school series in three locations throughout the state. Scouting School Producers have attended scouting school since the arrival of the boll weevil. The first cotton scout scoured the ... Read More »

Tariffs Cause Worry Among Alabama Farmers

By: Katie Nichols and Justin Miller AUBURN, Ala. – Recent trade discussions between the United States and China have Alabama producers like Stewart McGill cautious about the future markets of crops. China recently announced a 25 percent tariff on many American export products, including soybeans, cotton and other agricultural products. “As of now, we don’t know what might happen,” said ... Read More »

Climate and Crops iBook Chosen as Finalist for 2017 Best Book of the Year

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AUBURN, Ala.-Alabama Extension’s Climate and Crops iBook was named an international finalist for 2017 Best Book of the Year in Education. Bradley Metrock, organizer of the international iBooks Author Conference and CEO of Score Publishing, said the designation honors the best books in Apple’s iBook Store. “Each year, as part of the international iBooks Author conference, the community of educators, ... Read More »

Wiregrass Cotton Expo Slated for February

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DOTHAN, Alabama—The annual Wiregrass Cotton Expo is set for Feb. 2 at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama. The cost-free expo will include an exhibitor show and various cotton management presentations from Alabama Extension specialists, seed companies, Florida’s state climatologist and the Alabama Cotton Commission. The luncheon speaker is Dr. Don Shurley, an Extension economist with the University ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Yields Third Highest in History

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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 »

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 »

Row Crops Short Course Set for December

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is working with Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences to bring Alabama farmers the Row Crops Short Course. The short course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 12 and 13. The First Row Crops Short Course Previously, Alabama Extension faculty and agents brought producers ... Read More »