Managing Weeds Crucial During a Drought

Recent drought conditions have made herd care difficult for Alabama livestock producers. As conditions worsen and desirable vegetation declines, established weeds are often the last plants standing. Weed management is crucial during a drought. Managing Weeds During Drought Once weeds…

Alabama Extension Offers Drought Resources

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Conditions in Alabama are hot and dry. Strings of days with record-breaking heat have made September 2019 one of the hottest Septembers on record. The heat and drought are nothing new, though. While only .2 percent of the…

Crop Pest Alert: Peanut, Vegetable, and Hemp Insect Pests

As many crops are close to harvest, normally, treatment for insect pests may not make sense. However, drought conditions in the eastern half of the state have worsened in recent weeks, which is favorable for both chewing and sucking insect…

Dealing with Shoreline Growth

Although it is not an issue during the time of drought, terrestrial plant growth on the newly exposed shoreline sediments of a pond during the time of drought will impact management once rains return. Some species more adapted to aquatic…

Drought May Cause Leaf Drop on Trees and Shrubs

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – More than 80 percent of Alabama is suffering some level of drought. Homeowners are wondering how these conditions are affecting their trees and shrubs.  Kerry Smith, with Alabama Extension’s Home Grounds team, said that although trees…

Keeping It Clean: Livestock Water Tank Maintenance

The quantity and quality of water required by livestock are important considerations for the overall maintenance of herd health and productivity. If water is suspected of causing a health problem, seek veterinary assistance to determine a diagnosis. Water Quantity and…

Tax Consequences Related to Drought Related Sales of Livestock

Parts of Alabama are experiencing moderate to severe drought issues (according to the US Drought Monitor). Six primary counties and 15 contiguous counties were declared secretarial disasters as of September 25, 2019.  Producers are often able to mitigate the effects of…

Irrigation Wells During a Drought Period

What is over-pumping and groundwater depletion? Over-pumping occurs when irrigation water is extracted faster than it produces. This may be the case when the pump runs longer than usual or when you install a more powerful pump to meet an…

Drought Preparedness for Horse Owners

Drought poses healthcare and management challenges for horse owners and managers.  Conditions such as high temperatures, limited water and scarce forages create a harsh environment for horses to thrive in. Fortunately, there are ways to help horses maintain good health…

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.…