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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 »

Alabama State 4-H Horse Show Moves to Rainsville

AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama State 4-H Horse Show, set for July 6-9, moves to a new location.  This year, the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville will host the event. Dr. Courteney Holland, an Alabama Extension equine specialist,  said that moving the show to Rainsville offered a number of benefits. “This is a great area that is family-friendly with ... 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 »

Strategies to Help Livestock Producers Battle Drought

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AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama is suffering the worst drought conditions the state has seen since 2006. Some areas need as much as 15 inches to break the drought. Livestock producers are facing tough decisions about how to manage their herds. Not only is watering their herds an issue, but now feeding the herd is becoming an issue as well. Ken ... 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 »

Perilla Mint: Dangerous to Livestock

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AUBURN, Ala. – During droughts, livestock are tempted to eat anything green. While grasses dry up, some poisonous plants can survive the dry weather. Perilla mint is one of the most dangerous. Perilla mint is found throughout the South in pastures, fields and along roadsides. The leaves of perilla mint make the plant look  attractive. Leaves are egg shaped and purple ... 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 »

Droughts: Cattle Producers Making Tough Decisions

AUBURN, Ala. – Drought forces cattle producers to make tough decisions. Without an adequate supply of feed and water and cost effective ways of supplying the herd, producers will need to reduce cattle numbers. Weaning calves is one way to reduce nutritional requirements of the herd. Dry cows require less nutritious feed than lactating cows. Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, an Alabama ... Read More »

Youth Participate In Alabama National Fair

AUBURN, AL—With fall now in full swing, it can only mean one thing. It’s fair season. The Alabama National Fair will run from Oct. 30 through Nov. 8 in Montgomery, and will offer various events for the entire family. Among the popular livestock competitions, there are many that are solely for youth. There are youth categories in showing beef and dairy cattle, ... Read More »

Beating Fire Ants This Fall

Falling into fall sounds like a great idea — unless falling includes a run in with the Imported Fire Ant. Pest-proofing your home is a multi-step process that includes treating outdoor areas as well as indoor areas. The following five tips can help you and your family avoid unwanted visitors this fall. Fall is a great time to treat fire ... Read More »