cotton leafroll

Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus Present in Alabama Cotton, Scouting Essential

Dan Alabama, Cotton, Industry News Release

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. (ACES) —Extension professionals have already confirmed the presence of Cotton leafroll dwarf virus (CLRDV)—the causal agent of Cotton Blue Disease—on multiple research substations across Alabama. The aphid transmitted disease has been monitored closely since its appearance in cotton fields during the fall of 2017. Kassie Conner, an Alabama Extension plant pathologist, said the virus was confirmed in …

pollinators

The Buzz: Pollinators are Essential

Dan Alabama, Industry News Release, Pollinators

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. (ACES)— In the spirit of National Pollinator Week, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System salutes pollinators everywhere who are irreplaceable pieces of the puzzle in gardens, cropland and flowerbeds. Bees are more than honey-makers and hive builders. Bees are essential to the most important part of the food chain—pollination. Importance of Pollinators Bees are essential for the pollination of one-third …

Farmers Preparing for Drought Conditions

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Drought, Industry News Release, Livestock, Water

While recent rains were welcome, more than 34 percent of Alabama still faces abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions. This has many livestock producers worried about providing their animals with enough to eat and drink. Landon Marks, an Alabama Extension animal science regional agent, said some northeastern Alabama areas are starting to see effects of the abnormally dry weather. “Water …

plant bugs

Plant Bugs Put Heavy Pressure on Cotton

Dan Alabama, Cotton, Industry News Release

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. (ACES.edu)—The season’s early onset of drought-like conditions has several insects on the move early. Plant bugs and stink bugs are moving from their wild host plants into cotton earlier than farmers usually expect. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Ron Smith said the plant bug situation is not one producers are unfamiliar with, but earlier action will be required to keep …

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Alabama Irrigation Workshops

Dan Alabama, Education, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS, Water

The Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee has been working with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and Auburn University (AU), to identify which watersheds will have funding priority. In response to this initiative, Alabama Extension will host two free irrigation workshops for producers that include trainings, as well as on-farm demonstrations of …

alabama fruit

Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Held in Chilton County

Dan Alabama, Fruits, Industry News Release, Vegetables

The Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (AFVGA) held its annual conference and trade show in Clanton Nov. 15-16 where 250 attendees heard from industry leaders, elected officials and university & Extension professionals. “It was exciting to see the fruit and vegetable farmers from across Alabama come together for this event,” said AFVGA Executive Director Hunter McBrayer. “It was an …

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ACES Presents Hurricane Michael Economic Impact Assessment

Dan Alabama, Economy

Thursday afternoon in Dothan, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) presented its findings on the damage from Hurricane Michael to the southeastern counties in the state. In addition to a discussion of the direct agricultural damage, ACES also gave an overview of the regional economic impact assessment. Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman talked with Paul Brown, Alabama Extension associate director, who …