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“Sweet Grown Alabama” Statewide Branding Program Launches

MONTGOMERY, Ala.- Shoppers who want to buy local will soon have a new way to identify products raised in the state, thanks to a new marketing effort called “Sweet Grown Alabama.”

“As I travel across the state, most of the questions I…

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Revamped Beekeeping Program Benefits State’s Agriculture

…ps to assure bees remain a vibrant part of food production.  To ensure that crop pollination is not threatened in the state, Alabama Extension created a new beekeeping program that includes educators from Auburn University and Alabama A&…

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Early Disease Management Important to Successful Strawberry Production

…, developed by experts at the Sothern Region Small Fruit Consortium (SRSFC) can be found online.  The SRSFC is a multi-state alliance of small fruit growers, fruit industry leaders and service organizations that partner with and serve smal…

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Forage Conference Registration Open Until Nov. 19

…ter for the Alabama Forage Conference. Held every two years, this year’s conference will be Dec. 4 at the Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville, Alabama from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the conference, there is a pre-conference tour, …

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Alabama Beef Systems Extension E-Newsletter

The Alabama Extension Beef Systems team is committed to providing the state‘s cattle producers the most up-to-date information in a timely manner.

If you are interested in receiving periodic updates from the Alabama Extension Beef System…

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Alabama Producers Harvest Crops Despite Widespread Drought

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Widespread drought continues in Alabama, as nearly 84 percent of the state is in severe drought. In fact, 55 percent of the state’s soil and subsoil moisture is reported to be “very short.” Even with these co…

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Measure of Chill Accumulation Has Begun

…ion is by the dynamic model, which measures chill portions.  The model measures chill by a wider temperature range but states that optimal chill accumulation occurs at 43 °F.  Efficiency of chill accumulation is reduced as temperatures r…

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How to Think About Cotton: Plant Growth Regulators

… outcome, so careful thought and routine are required to guide and adjust timing and rates.

Several simple, familiar statements provide a foundation for thinking about PGR applications in cotton.

A good boll load…

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Bacterial Spot of Tomato and Pepper

Bacterial spot is the most common disease of peppers in Alabama and is a recurring problem on tomatoes grown in the state. The disease can significantly affect marketable yield.

Bacterial spot is caused by four species of Xanth…

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Pierce’s Disease Resistant Grapes In Alabama

Pierce’s Disease (PD) is a serious threat to the cultivation of grapes in the United States, especially in the warmer, southern regions. Recently, the UC Davis grape breeding program developed new European (Vitis vinifera) grape selection…

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Crop Pest Alert: Peanut, Vegetable, and Hemp Insect Pests

…arvest, normally, treatment for insect pests may not make sense. However, drought conditions in the eastern half of the state have worsened in recent weeks, which is favorable for both chewing and sucking insect pests.

There a…

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Late Season Insect Control in Hemp

…on, the primary pest causing damage this late is the corn earworm, Helicoverpa zea. The majority of corn throughout the state has begun to dry or is harvested so hemp provides an attractive alternative for adult moths looking to lay eggs.

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Soybean Rust Update–September 20, 2019

Soybean rust has been detected in 43 of the state‘s 67 counties. The rust pathogen, Phakospora pachyrhiza, has been found in commercial fields as far north as Limestone, Madison and DeKalb counties as of September 19. There was significant…

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Alabama Industrial Hemp Program

…sage of the 2018 Farm Bill established industrial hemp as an industrial commodity—not a controlled substance—in the state of Alabama. Farm Bill legislation defines hemp as all parts of the plant less than 0.3% THC, including derivative…

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Landowner Succession Planning Issues

… the next generation requires planning. This content discusses three issues that affect the future of the family farm: estate (death) taxes, joint management, and built-in capital gains tax. Each of these issues can be managed to reduce the…

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