Fish Crowding and Pond Imbalance

In a drought, sport fish in ponds can be concentrated to the point at which predator (largemouth bass) and prey (bream) are literally side-by-side one another. Throughout this process, bluegill and other prey fish populations are often decimated by bass.…

Drought Tax Strategies for Part-Time Livestock Producers

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension has been holding Drought meetings for Livestock Producers across the state in recent weeks and more meetings are scheduled. Since the majority of Alabama livestock producers farm part-time, this document reviews some of the tax…

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…

Alternative Feeding Strategies

AUBURN, Ala.–When dealing with dry periods, it is important to design a feeding program that fully utilizes local feed resources. Consider the following tips when feeding cattle through periods of drought: Analyze forages and feed resources to determine nutritional value.…

Corn Production During a Drier, Warmer Spring

Planting risks Warmer and drier conditions may present a challenge to dryland corn growers, especially because of their reliance on adequate rainfall. Warmer soils promote vigorous germination, aggressive growth, and fewer seedling diseases and nematode problems. If the field is…

Wheat Production During a Warmer, Drier Spring

Crop Growth and Yield risks Lodging can occur as a result of excessive growth promoted by above average ambient temperatures. Freeze events affect the base of the plants, increasing their susceptibility to lodging if heavy spring winds occur. A shorter…

Drought Leaves Farmers in ‘Uncharted Territory’

AUBURN, Ala.— Record-breaking drought has added a new component to planting decisions for farmers. The worst conditions since 2006 were cause for concern as producers began planning winter and spring crops.  Planting Wheat in North Alabama Tyler Sandlin, a Crops…

Planting Late Winter Annuals a Big Risk for Farmers

AUBURN, Ala.— With a little rain, comes a lot of optimism. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Regional Agent, Alex Tigue, said calls are coming in with many questions about planting late winter annuals. “Planting winter annuals this late in the season…

Drought Can Affect Horses’ Health

By: Dr. Courteney Holland, Alabama Extension Equine Specialist AUBURN, Ala.–Droughts can be rough on horses because of high temperatures, limited water and scarce forages. There are ways to help horses maintain good health despite severe weather. Evaluate your pastures for…

Producers Make Plans for Planting Peanuts

AUBURN, Ala.—As extreme drought continues to plague much of the state, producers are making plans for the 2017 planting season. Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialists have a resource for producers who are struggling with decisions as they head into the…