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Alabama Peanuts Benefiting from Wet Summer

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AUBURN, Ala.–One year removed from a drought of epic proportions, Alabama peanut farmers are happy with the rainier summer of 2017. Though wet conditions can cause a separate set of issues, peanuts are looking very strong thus far. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, 91 percent of peanuts had reached the pegging stage by Aug. 7, compared ... Read More »

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby Visits with Alabama Extension and Auburn University Scientists

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HEADLAND, Ala.—U.S. Rep. Martha Roby from Alabama’s Second Congressional District met Alabama Extension and Auburn University scientists at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland Tuesday, Aug. 15. Rep. Roby said the tour emphasized the importance of agriculture in the district, which spreads from Houston County in the south to Montgomery on its northern edge. “As we prepare to ... Read More »

Climate and Crops iBook Wins ASABE Award

AUBURN, Ala.- Alabama Extension’s Climate and Crops iBook received an Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The ASABE is the home of agriculture engineers and others worldwide who work to find sustainable solutions for an ever-growing population. The Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards Competition, recognizes excellence in informational materials. These materials contribute ... 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 »

Farm Diversification Spreads Risk

AUBURN, Ala.— Farm diversification is an important farm management practice producers use to maximize profits and reduce risks. What is Farm Diversification? Diversification is “the attempt to capture market gains and reduce risk by having multiple enterprise opportunities as part of my business plan,” said Ken Kelley, a regional farm and agribusiness management agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Kelley ... 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 »

Determining adequate stands for cotton, peanuts or soybeans

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AUBURN, Ala. — What is an adequate stand? A grower must maintain healthy and uniform stands to increase the chances of a healthy planting season but how does the grower know what an adequate stand is? For peanuts, cotton and soybeans, the answer to that question is similar in some areas and different in others. Good soil moisture and temperature ... Read More »

Peanut Harvest Underway in Alabama

Peanut harvest is now underway in the southernmost parts of the state, while many others are still making harvest preparations. For many years, peanut growing was formerly restricted to the Wiregrass area, but has expanded across the southern tier of counties and even to some counties in central Alabama. Alabama Extension Regional Agent Kim Wilkins, said she has been pod-blasting in fields ... Read More »