Podcast: 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.


Season 2 Episode 6 – Peanut Update

On this episode of the Alabama Crops Report, the topic is peanuts. Hosts Scott Graham and Adam Rabinowitz sit down with Kris Balkcom, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System assistant professor of crop, soil, and environmental sciences. Balkcom talks about some of the weather conditions that peanut producers are facing, as well as other topics related….

Season 2 Episode 5 – Down to Earth

The Alabama Crops Report podcast is getting Down to Earth! On this episode, hosts Adam Rabinowitz and Katelyn Kesheimer talk with Cole Sikes and Justin Miller, Alabama Cooperative Extension System communications and marketing specialists, about the Down to Earth: Agriculture Sustains Alabama campaign. The Down to Earth campaign is designed to educate consumers about the….

Season 2 Episode 4 – Row Crop Market Update

On this episode of the Alabama Crops Report, hosts Amanda Scherer and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Wendiam Sawadago, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System economist. Sawadago gives an update on how the row crop market is looking and what farmers may expect for the upcoming season.     Season 2 Episode 4 – Row Crop Market….

Season 2 Episode 3 – Spring Planting Update

On today’s episode, hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer welcome Eros Francisco, an Alabama Extension grain specialist, into the podcast recording studio. Crop producers are hard at work with spring planting. Francisco goes over a few factors that producers have to consider this year.     Season 2 Episode 3 – Spring Planting Update Transcript

Season 2 Episode 2 – Crop Protection Products

On this episode of the Alabama Crops Report, hosts Adam Rabinowitz and Katelyn Kesheimer talk with David Russell, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist in weed science. The supply chain shortages and high prices of crop protection products are troubling crop producers and have been topics of conversation for some time. Russell talks about these….

Season 2 Episode 1 – Using Poultry Litter

Welcome to season two of the Alabama Crops Report! In this first episode, hosts Katelyn Kesheimer and Scott Graham sit down with Rishi Prasad, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist and assistant professor working in crop, soil, and environmental sciences. Poultry litter is a commonly used source of fertilizer for farmers. In this episode, the….

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….