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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 »

Soybeans Shattering in Fields Throughout Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.—The drought plaguing crops in Alabama has put producers in precarious positions as they harvest cotton, soybeans and peanuts this fall. Soybean producers throughout the state have reported issues with pod shattering, as they harvest in record-breaking dry conditions. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Soybean Specialist, Dr. Dennis Delaney, said soybean pod shattering is a result of droughty conditions throughout ... Read More »

Fall Busy Time for Farmers, Cotton Harvest In Progress

roller cotton picker

AUBURN, Ala. — For many Alabama farmers, fall is filled with weeks of harvesting crops. Corn, peanuts, cotton and soybeans are all harvested during the fall. With corn harvest completed and an ongoing peanut harvest, other producers are switching gears and heading to the cotton picker. Statewide Cotton Update Dr. Trey Cutts, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System cotton specialist, said producers are harvesting ... Read More »

Alabama Farmers Growing Sesame

Growing Sesame seeds

Producers across Alabama are trying their hand growing sesame, a crop that first hit the fields in the sixties. Sesame is a non-traditional crop growers have begun incorporating into seasonal rotations. History Alabama Extension specialists experimented with a sesame variety that posed a harvest problem as a rotation in the 1960s. Because of the difficulty harvesting and keeping seed in ... Read More »

Strawberry Fields Forever, Well Soon

This spring has been marked with some unseasonably cold weather, but the strawberry crop has not been delayed says an expert in the field. Read More »

POST-HARVEST CARE OF APPLES AND APPLE TREES

Fall apple harvest is in progress through October. About 30 to 40 varieties of apples are grown in home orchards across the state, with heirloom variety and newer, high quality varieties becoming popular. When apples are ripe for the harvest, they are picked off the trees and either immediately consumed or refrigerated. “When refrigerating, keep the temperature 32 to 35 ... Read More »

Fall Harvest Season Presents Many Dangers on Farms

Farming Equipment

Fall harvest season is here for many farmers in Alabama. Farmers across the state are heading to their fields with huge combines and powerful tractors pulling grain wagons. “This is the most dangerous time of year in farm country, and there is an ever present danger of serious injury or death among agricultural workers,” said Dr. Jesse LaPrade, a farm ... Read More »