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Timely Information - Freezer Beef Reference Guide

Timely Information - IPM Strategies for Managing Sugarcane Aphid in Alabama Sorghum

Timely Information - Determining Forage Demand and Animal Intake

Timely Information - Understanding Stocking Rates in Grazing Systems

Timely Information - A Spring to Summer Beef Cattle Checklist

Timely Information - Planning to Make a Cow-Calf Profit


Upcoming Events

2015 Workshop Series - Introduction to Farm and Ranch Resources - A Program for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers - Chilton Research and Extension Center

May 30, June 20, and August 8


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Update on Sugarcane Aphids in Alabama, July 2, 2015

​Population densities of sugarcane aphid continued to increase in Alabama sorghum fields this past week.  Above threshold population densities have been reported in sorghum fields in... more

Don't Spray Those Sugarcane Aphids Too Soon!

​Last week it was not hard to find sugarcane aphid in sorghum fields in central and south Alabama. About half the fields that were... more

Watch for fall armyworms in summer grass forages

This is a reminder for Alabama forage producers:  don't forget to scout your summer grass forages for fall armyworms.  A few fall armyworms have already been found in pastures and hayfields in Lamar and... more

Sugarcane aphids were found recently on Johnsongrass in Alabama

​Updated May 11, 2015: Sugarcane aphids have been found this spring on Johnsongrass in Alabama.  The week of May 4-8 Rudy Yates reports finding the... more

If You Want to Grow Sorghum in 2015, Look for Sugarcane Aphid on Johnsongrass in Alabama Now!

Sugarcane aphid was first seen as a pest of sorghum in Alabama in 2014. It cost sorghum producers a lot of money due to cost... more

​Don Ball Awarded 2015 Grasslander Award

Forage and Grassland Council awarded Dr. Don Ball, alumni professor in the … Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental... more

​2014 Alabama BCIA Outstanding Educator Award

The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) named … the  2014 recipient of the Outstanding ... more

Silvopasture Works!

​April 24-25, 2015 at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center … As part of a land management strategy, agroforestry... more

Standby Generators for Emergency Power

​ Standby generators are powered by tractors or engines and may be either portable or stationary. Engine-driven units available may have an automatic or manual... more

New FDA Policy Affects Alabama Cattle Owners!

Update on new FDA antimicrobial policy – A meeting for cattle owners was held at Dee River Ranch on Tuesday, October 21st in Pickens County. ... more