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Row Crops Short Course Set for December

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is working with Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences to bring Alabama farmers the Row Crops Short Course. The short course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 12 and 13. The First Row Crops Short Course Previously, Alabama Extension faculty and agents brought producers ... Read More »

Gluten-Free Lifestyle: Is it Good for our Health?

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Auburn, Alabama — Nowadays, you can’t go anywhere without hearing the words gluten-free. You may feel pressured to jump on the bandwagon diet that celebrities endorse. Every grocery store, restaurant and many convenient stores offer a variety of gluten-free options to satisfy the growing popularity of this lifestyle. To understand what all the buzz is about, Dr. Onikia Brown, an ... Read More »

Scouting for Small Grain Insects During Winter

AUBURN, Ala.—Responsible crop management is one of the most important aspects of row crop farming. Producers need to correctly identify and scout for insect, disease, and other problems in order to choose appropriate management strategies. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Entomologist, Dr. Kathy Flanders, said there are two primary insects to look for in small grains this winter: aphids and Hessian ... 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 »

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 »

2016 Corn and Wheat Short Course to be Held in Auburn

AUBURN, Ala.—The 2016 Alabama Corn and Wheat Short Course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 12-13. Presenters from Auburn University, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, other land grant universities including Kansas State University, University of Kentucky, University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University and University of Georgia, as well as private companies, will address a ... Read More »

Soybeans Shattering in Fields Throughout Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.—The drought plaguing crops in Alabama has put producers in precarious positions as they harvest cotton, soybeans and peanuts this fall. Soybean producers throughout the state have reported issues with pod shattering, as they harvest in record-breaking dry conditions. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Soybean Specialist, Dr. Dennis Delaney, said soybean pod shattering is a result of droughty conditions throughout ... 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 »

Dealing with food allergies

Auburn, Ala.—Over the past few decades, the number of people with apparent food allergies has risen. According to The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, a U.S. education group, about 12 million Americans have a food allergy. That’s around 4 percent of the population. Scientists are not entirely sure of the cause, though many believe it comes from a mix of ... Read More »

Why Plant Cover Crops?

AUBURN, Alabama–Farmers are the ultimate stewards of the land. For years, farmers have been looking for ways to improve soil quality, increase productivity and build erosion control. Cover crops are widely used to benefit the upcoming crop as well as improving the soil. Alabama Cooperative Extension Specialist Dr. Dennis Delaney said cover crops are important for maintaining soil fertility and quality. ... Read More »