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Fall Armyworm Outbreak in Alabama Pastures

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AUBURN, Ala. – Damaging populations of fall armyworms have been found in 8 Alabama counties. While that is far fewer counties than last summer, it is important to check valuable forage grasses. Armyworm caterpillars are detrimental to cattlemen and forage producers. The damage can seem to appear overnight. Dr. Kathy Flanders, an Alabama Extension Entomologist, said that the  fall armyworm ... Read More »

Late-Season Drought Causes New Year Issues for Producers

AUBURN, Ala.—The late-season drought that seized much of Alabama’s crop and pastureland late in 2016 is causing issues for producers in the new year. Though substantial amounts of rain have fallen since nearly 100 percent of the state was battling extreme drought, more than 70 percent of the state is still fighting drought conditions. Winter annual grasses took a heavy ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Encourages Farmers to Pursue Drought Assistance Options

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AUBURN, Alabama–More than 30 counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas because of ongoing drought conditions. Those counties and an additional 15 contiguous counties are eligible for drought assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To help producers battle the threats, the U.S.D.A. offers farmers several drought assistance programs through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Ken Kelley, a ... Read More »

Extension launches new drought website

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AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System launched a new website this week to help farmers and producers combat drought conditions. Alabama is experiencing exceptionally dry conditions this year. Some parts of the state need as much as 15 inches of rain to break the drought. This new website includes several news articles and educational resources by Alabama Extension specialists. These resources ... Read More »

Nitrate Toxicity: Problem across Dry South

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AUBURN, Ala.— Nitrate toxicity in cattle is a growing threat across southeastern states battling drought. An animal scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says drought is increasing the chance for livestock forages to develop elevated nitrate levels. Dr. Kim Mullenix says that nitrates can accumulate in forages when plants are stressed by low soil moisture, high temperatures or low humidity. ... Read More »

Fire Safety on the Farm

Farm fires cost lives and many dollars each year in America. October is Fire Prevention Month and it is a good time to refresh fire safety rules for the farm. Fires need three things to burn – air, heat and something to set it off. Preventing this combination reduces the risk of fire. “Common causes of tractor and machinery fires ... Read More »