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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

climate and crops iBook

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

cotton boll

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

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 »

Farmers Hustle to Harvest as Nate Tracks Westward, Targets Alabama

Nate hurries harvest

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 »

Excessive Rainfall May Cause Field Issues for Farmers

AUBURN, Ala.— Producers from all areas of Alabama have had planting or harvesting delays and are now making management decisions based on excessive rainfall. The summer months of 2016 ended in a late-season drought that devastated some row crops and forced cattle producers to make difficult management decisions. The onset of 2017 with continued droughty conditions seemed imminent until rain ... Read More »

Recent Rain Will Likely Affect Cotton, Corn

rain corn field

AUBURN, Ala.—There is no such thing as “typical” Alabama weather. From temperature dips and late frosts, to droughty conditions or more than seven inches of rain, producers in Alabama regularly deal with a wide variety of weather conditions. The end of the month of May has proven to be no different. Areas throughout the state received as much as eight inches ... Read More »

Extension to Host Crop Production Meetings across Central Alabama

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension will host two crop production meetings at E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter on Jan. 31, Feb. 27. There will also be a meeting on Feb. 7 in Talladega.  E.V. Smith Research Center is located at 4725 County Road 40, Shorter, AL. The first meeting will include information on corn, soybeans and carinata. The meeting ... Read More »

Drought Continues – Extension Launches Website

AlabamaDrought.com

AUBURN, Ala.— Despite several inches of rain, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that Alabama is still experiencing a drought. More than 66 percent of the state is suffering under extreme or exceptional drought, the two most severe categories. With deficits ranging from 12 to 20 inches for the year, late November and early December rains did little to alleviate long-term ... Read More »