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 15 – Crop Updates from Regional Extension Agents

Hosts Amanda Scherer and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Alabama Extension Regional Extension Agents Andrew Sparks and John Vanderford. In this episode, Sparks, who serves as the agronomic crops regional agent in east central Alabama, brings a crops update from that region. Vanderford, serving as the agronomic crops regional agent in west central Alabama, also brings….

Episode 14 – Succession Planning for the Farm

Hosts Amanda Scherer and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Robert Tufts, an Alabama Extension professor who specializes in estate planning, legal and tax issues that farmers face.  In this episode, Tufts discusses the importance of succession planning for farmers.  Succession planning helps farmers  determine their vision for their farm’s future, who in the next generation will….

Episode 13 – Late May Cotton Update

Hosts Scott Graham and Amanda Scherer talk with Dr. Steve Brown, Alabama Extension’s cotton specialist.    In this podcast, Brown talks about what producers are seeing  in their fields. Cooler weather with wet conditions has delayed cotton planting across the state. Brown also talks correct seeding rates and fertilization rates for later planted cotton with….

Episode 12 – Carbon Credits And The Farm

Hosts Amanda Scherer and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Jessica Kelton, who is an Alabama Extension regional agent working on the farm and agribusiness team. In this podcast, Kelton and the hosts discuss the growing interest and demand by industries for carbon credits and what that can possibly mean for Alabama farmers. Carbon credits and their….

Episode 11 – Managing Nematodes in Row Crops

Hosts Scott Graham and Amanda Scherer talk with Dr. Kathy Lawrence, who is an Auburn University professor of entomology and plant pathology.  Lawrence’s research focuses on plant parasitic nematodes and fungi that attack field crops, vegetables and ornamentals. In this podcast, Lawrence  discusses how the most common nematodes affect the state’s major row crops and….

Episode 10 – Benefits of Broiler Litter to Row Crops

Hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer welcome Rishi Prasad, an Alabama Extension scientist working in nutrient management. In this podcast, Prasad discusses how row crop producers can use broiler litter in their row crop systems.     Episode 10—The Benefits of Broiler Litter

Episode 9 – Tales From The Farm With Annie Dee

Hosts Scott Graham and Amanda Scherer talk with Annie Dee of Dee River Ranch and Dee Farms. Dee was recognized as one of Auburn University’s Women in Agriculture Trail Blazers for her work for over 30 years as president and operator of Dee River Ranch. In this episode, Dee talks with Extension professionals, giving listeners….

Episode 8 – Early Season Insect Management in Cotton

Hosts Katelyn Kesheimer and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Scott Graham, Alabama Extension entomologist, about early season insect management in cotton. Graham touches on thrips, one of the most consistent cotton pests, but also discusses grasshoppers and snails and their impact on cotton.     Episode 8 Early Season Insect Management in Cotton Transcript

Episode 7 – Peanut Update

Hosts Adam Rabinowitz and Amanda Scherer talk with Kris Balkcom, Alabama Extension peanut specialist about all things peanuts for the 2021 season including seed quality, seed treatments, planting dates, variety selection, and 2021 peanut production outlook. Additionally, they will take a look back at the 2020 peanut season.     Episode 7 Peanut Update with….

Episode 6 – Prospective Plantings

Hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer discuss prospective plantings with Extension economist Wendiam Sawadago and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program with Extension economist Adam Rabinowitz. This episode was recorded March 25, 2021.     Episode 6 Prospective Plantings Transcript

Episode 5–Soil Fertility

Hosts Scott Graham and Amanda Scherer talk with Alabama Cooperative Extension System soil scientist Audrey Gamble about the importance of soil testing.  Additionally, Gamble discusses how recommendations from the Auburn University Soil Testing Lab are fine tuned based on soil types.   She points out that Alabama has many different soil types and recommendations will vary….

Episode 4 – Managing Insects in Corn

Hosts Scott Graham and Amanda Scherer talk with Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Katelyn Kesheimer about early season insect pests of corn. Kesheimer discusses the impacts of soil conservation practices on insect pests, recommendations on seed treatments, and what fields to expect to find problematic insects in. This podcast was recorded March 10, 2021.  ….

Episode 3 – Managing Weeds in Corn

Hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer discuss weed management in corn with Alabama Cooperative Extension System weed scientist David Russell. Russell talks about common problematic weeds, optimum burndown timings, what makes some weeds so difficult to control, and other topics. This podcast was recorded March 9, 2021.   Episode 3 Managing Weeds in Corn Transcript

Episode 2 – Commodity Crop Prices and Fertilizer Costs

Crop prices have skyrocketed in recent months, but so have fertilizer costs.  Hear the latest price outlook and timely advice on appropriate risk management of prices and input costs as co-hosts Amanda Scherer and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Extension economists Wendiam Sawadgo and Max Runge.   Episode 2 – Commodity Crop Prices and Fertilizer Prices….

Episode 1 – Cotton Update

Hosts Scott Graham and Amanda Scherer discuss the outlook for the 2021 cotton crop with Alabama Extension cotton agronomist Steve Brown. Brown touches on variety selection, best time for planting this year’s crop and seed treatments. This podcast was recorded in February 2021.   Episode 1 – Cotton Update Transcript