Series: Alabama Crops Report

The Alabama Crops Report Podcast is where the research meets the row. When time is tight and every minute matters, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System agronomy team makes decision-making simpler for farmers by bringing Extension expertise straight to the tractor cab.

Producers can expect to hear a wide range of topics throughout the year. From insect scouting tips to fertilizer application recommendations and harvest updates—timely issues in the field will be addressed by agents and specialists from all over the state. Episodes will be 10 to 15 minutes long in conversational form. New episodes will drop weekly during the production season. Listeners can expect multiple episodes in a week if there are multiple important topics to discuss.

Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

The Alabama Crops Report Podcast is sponsored in part by Alabama Ag Credit.


Episode 32 – 2022 Alabama Row Crops Short Course

In this episode, first-time host Audrey Gamble joins previous hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer to talk about the upcoming Alabama Row Crops Short Course. This year’s short course is January 18 and 19 and will be moving from its normal location in Auburn, Alabama to the capital city of Montgomery, Alabama.     Episode….

Episode 31 – Using Solar Technology

In this episode, hosts Adam Rabinowitz and Katelyn Kesheimer sit down with Dennis Brothers, an Alabama Extension associate professor and member of the farm and agribusiness management team. In his role, Brothers works with farmers on the adoption and use of solar technology. The discussion today is centered around ways farmers can use solar technology….

Episode 30 – Winter Wheat and Weed Management

Hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer talk with David Russell, an Alabama Extension weed scientist, about the status of the state’s wheat crop. Wet weather has delayed harvest of summer crops such as soybeans–putting wheat planting behind.  The group also discusses weed management in wheat.     Episode 30 – Winter Wheat and Weed Management….

Episode 29 – Row Crop Market Update

In this episode, hosts Amanda Scherer and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Wendiam Sawadago, an Alabama Extension economist, about how the current market looks for row crops, particularly cotton. Sawadago explains the unprecedented run up that cotton markets have had over the past several months. Late September prices were stable around $0.90 a pound, but prices….

Episode 28 – October Cotton Update

Hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer talk with Steve Brown, an Alabama Extension cotton agronomist, about the current status of the state’s crops. In particular, Brown provides an October cotton update. Early, rainy weather has farmers behind, and they are pushing toward harvest now. The three also discuss harvest aids and the additional benefits defoliation….

Episode 27 — Climate and Weather

On today’s episode of the Alabama Crops Report, the subject is climate and weather and how it affects Alabama crops. Hosts Katelyn Kesheimer and Scott Graham speak with two guests. This first is Andrew Sparks, an Alabama Extension agronomic crops regional agent. Sparks adds to the discussion from the view point of both a regional….

Episode 26 – Meet Extension’s New Grains Specialist

On today’s episode, hosts Amanda Scherer and Katelyn Kesheimer introduce Alabama Extension’s new grains specialist. Eros Francisco, who joined Extension in September, will be working on the agronomic crops team. He will work with grain crops such as corn, wheat, and sorghum–as well as other crops like sorghum, barley, rye, and oats. A native of….

Episode 25—Disaster Assistance from USDA

For today’s episode, hosts Adam Rabinowitz and Amanda Scherer talk with two guests from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). The first is Shnequie Bowman-Greene, a chief agricultural program specialist, and the second is Sydney Griffin, an agricultural program specialist. This time of year is peak season for natural disasters. Bowman-Greene and Griffin discuss FSA’s….

Episode 24–Variety Trial Testing

Hosts Katelyn Kesheimer and Adam Rabinowitz visit with Henry Jordan of Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences.  Jordan manages the University’s variety trial testing program.  The program evaluates all the major row crops. Most trials are conducted  in multiple locations across Alabama.  The program tests experimental varieties and commercial variety side by….

Episode 23 – August Cotton Update

Hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer visit with Alabama Extension agronomist Steve Brown on the status of the cotton crop in Alabama.  Brown says the status of Alabama’s more than 400,000 acres of cotton vary around the state. Some areas are dealing with fertility issues because of heavy rains earlier in the summer, but Brown….

Episode 22 – Wiregrass Crop Update

Hosts Amanda Scherer and Scott Graham introduce listeners to Sedrick Mack, an Alabama Extension agronomic crops regional agent. Mack serves 10 counties in the southeast corner of Alabama, including the Wiregrass. In this episode, Mack gives a crop update for the region he serves.     Episode 22 – Wiregrass Crop Update Transcript

Episode 21–Disease Issues in Row Crops

On this episode, host Katelyn Kesheimer, an Alabama Extension entomologist, talks with Ed Sikora, an Extension plant pathologist, about disease issues confronting the state’s row crop farmers.  Sikora discusses foliar diseases that are popping up in soybeans, including frogeye leaf spot and target spot. Sikora also says that this summer’s rainy weather is a key….

Episode 20—Fall Armyworms

On this episode, hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer, both Alabama Extension entomologists, share their expertise on the current situation with fall armyworms in the state. They offer control recommendations for row crops as well as pasture and hay forages, commercial turf, and home lawns.     Episode 20—Fall Armyworms Transcript

Episode 19 –July Crop Update

Hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer are joined by Amanda Scherer to offer a July crop update. The three talk about how crops across the state are looking as well as discussing the disease and insect pressures on various crops.   Episode 19 July Crop Update Transcript

Episode 18—Early Planted Soybeans

Hosts Scott Graham and Adam Rabinowitz talk about early planted soybeans with Eddie McGriff, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System agronomic crops regional agent. McGriff goes into detail about the potential benefits of growing an ultra early/early soybean variety. He also details some of the problems that growing early soybean varieties could have.   Episode 18….