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Hybrid Sorghum Varieties Available for Growers

sugarcane aphid resistant hybrid varieties

AUBURN, Ala.—The battle between Alabama sorghum growers and sugarcane aphid infestations has raged for several years. Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals working with industry partners have worked diligently to determine the best courses of action for southern sorghum growers. The Sorghum Checkoff program recently released a list of hybrid sorghum varieties known to be resistant to sugarcane aphids. Alabama Extension ... Read More »

Scouting Essential for Row Crop Farmers

AUBURN, Ala.—Insect scouting should begin in the field as soon as plants emerge. Determining the plant stand at emergence can help the farmer get a better idea of issues facing the crop. Regional Extension Agent, Rudy Yates, said plant stands may be affected by a number of problems—insect pests, disease pathogens, soil crusting, flooding and wildlife. “Check your fields weekly,” ... Read More »

Corn and Wheat Short Course to be held in Auburn

AUBURN, Ala.—The 2015 Alabama Corn and Wheat Short Course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 14-15. Presenters from Auburn University,  the Alabama Cooperative Extension System,  other land grant universities, industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will address a variety of topics pertaining to corn and wheat growth. Alabama Extension small grains specialist Brenda ... Read More »

Sugarcane Aphids Feed on Alabama Grain Sorghum

Growers throughout the southern U.S. are trying to ward off a new crop pest as sugarcane aphids make their way to fields of grain sorghum in Alabama for the second year in a row. The pests were first found in the U.S. in 1977 in Florida and appeared in Louisiana in 1999. New research indicates that the aphids in Florida and ... Read More »

Extension Scouting Schools Equip Farmers

Insect scouting schools are one example of the many ways Alabama Extension is giving back to Alabama farmers. Alabama Extension professionals gathered in Autaugaville, Ala., to equip farmers with the knowledge and ability to control pests in the field. Scouting for crop pests has long been an important step in preventing insect damage. With genetically modified seed, many farmers can avoid ... Read More »