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Alabama Farmers Utilizing Pattern Tile Drainage

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AUBURN, Ala.—Pattern tile drainage is a practice Midwestern producers have long employed on farm operations. Now, some Alabama producers with soggy soils are laying pattern tile in hopes of more manageable land. Alabama Farmers Installing Drainage Several farmers in western and central Alabama have made pattern tile installations on-farm. Drew Wendland, of Autauga Farming Company in Autaugaville, Alabama is hopeful ... 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 »

Corn Producers Experience Setbacks from Stubby Root Nematodes

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AUBURN, Ala.—Gardeners say ‘April showers bring May flowers.’ While these showers may bring flowers for gardeners, it can cause problems for corn producers. In corn fields, wet weather in April is a recipe for nematode problems—specifically cotton root knot and stubby root nematodes. The root knot nematode is a pest that affects both cotton and corn. Dr. Austin Hagan, an ... 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 »

Farmers Utilize Cover Crops

AUBURN, Alabama— For as many years as farmers have worked the land, they have sought ways to conserve soil and resources. Researchers and producers alike are continually searching for ways to improve soil quality, increase productivity and build erosion control. Cover crops are widely planted to benefit the upcoming crop, as well as for soil improvements. Alabama Cooperative Extension Specialist Dr. ... Read More »

La Niña May Bring Unseasonably Warm Winter Weather

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AUBURN, Ala.—The El Niño weather event of 2015-2016 brought drought and other agricultural hardships to the southern United States. Dr. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System scientist, said a La Nina phase is on the horizon. The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a driving force in southeastern climate variability. Periodic warming and cooling of the eastern Pacific Ocean ... 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 »

Collards and Other Nutritious Greens

AUBURN, Alabama – Traditionally recognized as a Southern crop and soul food staple, collards and other leafy greens are nutritious and convenient to grow in Alabama’s climate. Growing Greens Generally, cruciferous plants such as collard greens, turnips, kale and mustard are cool weather vegetables. “We mostly plant greens in the fall, but you can also do an early spring planting ... 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 »

Drought Continues – Extension Launches Website

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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 »