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Alabama Row Crops Short Course Set for Dec. 13-14

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—The Alabama Row Crops Short course is scheduled for Dec. 13-14 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Formerly known as the Corn and Wheat Short Course, Dr. Brenda Ortiz an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist at Auburn University, expanded the program to encompass all Alabama row crops in 2017. Ortiz said the course provides ... Read More »

Saving Your Lawn During the Drought

AUBURN, Ala. –Homeowners are wondering how to save their lawns as the ongoing drought worsens. Dr. David Han, an Alabama Extension turf specialist, said that grasses are durable during droughts. “Remember that warm season grasses are capable of surviving long periods of extreme drought while dormant,” said Han, who is an associate professor at Auburn University. “Stopping all irrigation and ... Read More »

To water or not to water?

AUBURN, Alabama. — To water or not water? Many farmers grapple with this issue every year. Row cropping itself can be a tedious and complex art form, but when it comes to irrigation it’s all about strategy. According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, there are approximately 26,000 acres of corn irrigated for grain in Alabama. Most farmers choose ... Read More »

Collecting rainwater in Alabama

Auburn, Alabama—With more than 77,000 rivers and streams and an average rainfall of 55 inches per year, Alabama is a state blessed with natural water resources. Catching and reusing water is an ancient technology that has current value to save energy, money and conserve an important natural resource. If interested in collecting rainwater, first you must decide if you want ... Read More »

How to Grow a Jack-O-Lantern

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Growing your own Jack-O-Lantern may be a dream come true for kids who love the fall pumpkin-carving tradition. What can you do to ensure ample growth by the time pumpkin picking time rolls around? Extension Horticulturist Joe Kemble said there are many aspects to address in order to have a productive pumpkin plant. Ensuring successful pollination is essential before moving on ... Read More »

Farmers Adapt Alongside Climate Changes

Extreme weather events pose significant risks to agriculture. Dr. Brenda Ortiz, a corn and grain crops specialist with Alabama Extension, said one of the most important aspects of farming is learning to adapt. “Many of the farmers who are leading the way in the use of risk resilient practices learned about them at Southeast Climate Extension workshops and outreach programs,” ... Read More »

Tomatoes: Disease and Drought

Tomato plants are susceptible to foliar diseases and sensitive to drought.  To avoid those problems, gardeners need to use extra care in the garden. Selecting a disease resistant tomato variety is one of the first steps toward growing healthy tomato plants. There are plenty of good tomato varieties, but it’s best to pick a variety recommended for your region. To be ... Read More »

Turf Tips 101

With warmer weather and abundant rain, many Alabama lawns have jumped into high gear. Homeowners can tackle some simple chores to help get their turf in tip top shape. Dr. Dave Han, an Alabama Extension turf specialist, said general maintenance on the mower is one of the first orders of business. Sharpening mower blades, changing spark plugs and setting mower ... Read More »