Katie Nichols
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Culling Herds Based on Cattle Records

AUBURN, Ala.—Cattle producers have practiced record keeping for years to identify cow-calf pairs and top-producing cows. Additionally, comprehensive cattle records can be an important tool producers use to cull the herd. Often when working to reduce the cattle herd, producers need…

Simple Cow Culling Strategies for Producers

While welcome rains have fallen over Alabama in spurts during recent weeks, the state is still in an official moisture deficit. Recent Drought Monitor information indicates nearly 60 percent of the state is still “abnormally dry.” Producers battled severe drought…

Pine Bark Beetle Management Strategies in Urban Forests

AUBURN, Ala.—Lingering drought in Alabama is causing issues for foresters managing rural and urban tracts of timber. Recent rains provided temporary relief for farmers planting spring crops, but droughty conditions linger as more than 50 percent of the state is…

Identifying Pine Bark Beetles in the Urban Forest

AUBURN, Ala.—Droughty conditions still linger in more than 50 percent of the state. Rains in recent weeks provided temporary relief, but issues caused by lingering conditions continue to make spring planting and forest management an issue. Producers and landowners are…

Weather Impacts Spring Insect Pressures

AUBURN, Ala.—The spring of 2017 brought producers a mixed bag of weather. Many producers struggled with minimal soil moisture until the latter weeks of April when more than 10 inches of rain fell in areas of the northern part of…

Peanut Production During a Drier, Warmer Spring

AUBURN, Ala.— Alabama peanut producers wrestled with the late-season drought during the fall of 2016. Little rainfall made for a dry harvest. Producers hoped for relief with rain during the winter, but recent drought monitor readings show more than 70 percent of the…

Soybean Planting in Warm Spring Weather

AUBURN, Ala.—Producers understand the risks associated with planting crops where irrigation is not available and rain is not forecast. Soil moisture is one of the major concerns for farmers as they head into planting season. The late-season drought of 2016 caused issues…

Cotton Production Strategies for 2017

AUBURN, Ala.—Recent rains have improved soil moisture conditions, but more than 30 percent of the state’s topsoil is rated short or very short on moisture.  That is about double the 5 year average. Producers have struggled with when to plant because…

Drought Delays Planting, Farmers Look Toward May

AUBURN, Ala.—The late winter and early spring months of 2017 brought weather less than ideal for planting. Some farmers had warmer soil temperatures and enough moisture to plant corn several weeks ago, while others are still waiting for rain to boost…

El Nino, La Nina Cycle Drives Drought

AUBURN, Ala.—The changing weather patterns that created Alabama’s drought have their origins in the El Nino/La Nina climate cycles. What to Expect in a La Nina Year Alabama Cooperative Extension System Precision Agriculture Specialist Dr. Brenda Ortiz explains that current…