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Odd Weather Conditions Leave Cotton Producers Concerned

AUBURN, Ala. – Weather this spring disrupted planting for cotton crops in south Alabama, leaving farmers across the Wiregrass concerned. Weather Difficulties Cool temperatures in April halted planting until early May. Hot temperatures and low rainfall in May made for difficult planting. Many growers stopped planting because of the dry conditions. When rain did arrive in late May, it rained ... Read More »

Weather: Ever an Obstacle for Farmers

Tractor planting cotton.

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama farmers faced cool, wet weather at the beginning of spring. This kept many farmers out of their fields for several weeks. In a twist, manageable only by Mother Nature, many producers are now hoping for rain as they begin planting cotton and soybeans. William Birdsong, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist of agronomic crops, said 2018 has been ... Read More »

Climate and Crops iBook Chosen as Finalist for 2017 Best Book of the Year

climate and crops iBook

AUBURN, Ala.-Alabama Extension’s Climate and Crops iBook was named an international finalist for 2017 Best Book of the Year in Education. Bradley Metrock, organizer of the international iBooks Author Conference and CEO of Score Publishing, said the designation honors the best books in Apple’s iBook Store. “Each year, as part of the international iBooks Author conference, the community of educators, ... Read More »

September 30 is National PrepareAthon Day

AUBURN, Ala. – Friday, Sept. 30, is National PrepareAthon Day. On this national day of action, everyone is encouraged to get involved with their communities by doing preparedness activities. The month of September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). The goal of this month is to bring awareness to disaster education so that people can prepare for the types of emergencies that occur. ... Read More »

Crop Outlook: Weather Affects Numbers

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Following a cold, wet winter in most parts of Alabama, producers are stepping back to re-evaluate plans for the growing season. With planting delayed in North Alabama and the Tennessee Valley after heavy rains, and planting delayed in the Wiregrass with no rain, Alabama Cooperative Extension Economist Max Runge said weather has had an impact on planting this season, as it ... Read More »

Cold Weather Impacts on Livestock

AUBURN, Alabama – Most of us are aware of how harsh the winter weather can be on machinery, equipment and people, but it is easy to forget how those conditions affect livestock. Extreme weather in February and March impacted livestock across Alabama, requiring many cattlemen to adjust their cattle management strategies. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist ... Read More »

How to Stay Safe During Tornado Season

Alabama is one of the few states in the United States that has a tornado season that technically occurs year-round. However, Alabama does have two peaks in the season, which are considered the most conducive to tornados. These two peaks occur from March to April and also the last two weeks of October through November. As the second peak in ... Read More »

Alabama Extension’s Ortiz Recognized Nationally for Climate Change Project

Brenda Ortiz

The Southeast Climate Extension project, a large-scale partnership of six universities across the Southeast, was recently awarded the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Partnership Award for Multistate Efforts. Brenda Ortiz, an associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences and specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is part of the team whose efforts aim ... Read More »

The Story Behind Fall Leaf Color

Fall leaves

 Leaves are beginning to change color in some sections of the South.  The color should peak around the last of October or early November, depending on how much cool weather we get between now and then. Have you ever wondered why leaves change their color in the fall? “The green color of leaves is caused by a pigment called chlorophyll, ... Read More »