Tag Archives: alabama

Alabama launches Feral Swine Control Program

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Free-ranging populations of feral swine — also known as feral hogs, wild boar or wild pigs — can now be found throughout most of Alabama. Feral swine usually cause significant amounts of damage to agricultural crops, food plots, pastures and a myriad of other natural resources. Mark Smith, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System wildlife specialist, said although wild pigs allow ... Read More »

Crop market looks strong, producers book fall loads

alabama peanuts

Alabama’s row crop producers are seeing rising prices and a positive crop market outlook, alongside producers throughout the United States. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Economist Wendiam Sawadgo said prices are definitely higher than the ones producers have seen in the past few years. Factors influencing crop markets “There have been a few factors at play,” Sawadgo said. “Trade with China—especially ... Read More »

Feral Swine Garner More Attention, Funding

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A new project co-led by Auburn University researchers addresses the increasing number and distribution of feral swine—animals that cause more than $50 million a year in damage to agriculture in Alabama. The research focuses on measuring the reduction in damage caused by feral swine during the implementation of the Alabama Feral Swine Control Pilot Program. Through a $450,000 grant from ... Read More »

Building For The Future

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New shelling plants are in the works, and one came online in August. If the building of new industry infrastructure in the form of shelling facilities is a positive sign, then peanuts are well poised for the future. Farmers in southwest Alabama have joined together as Coastal Growers LLC, with plans to build a peanut shelling plant in Atmore. The ... Read More »

3 ag chem wholesalers/retailers form joint venture as GreenPoint AG

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Agri-AFC, GreenPoint AG and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative have formed a joint venture combining their agronomy operations and will operate under the banner “GreenPoint AG.” The combination will include all operations of Agri-AFC LLC’s wholesale and retail business, GreenPoint AG’s retail business and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s wholesale agronomy business.a The combined GreenPoint AG is owned by three parent companies: Alabama Farmers ... Read More »

Collecting Samples

nematode infested roots

Learn how to properly collect soil and root samples to test for nematodes. Nationwide, crop losses caused by nematodes are estimated at around 5% to 10% annually. In the Southeast, where environmental conditions favor growth and reproduction of nematodes, losses are even higher. The seven most damaging nematode species that affect Alabama growers are soybean cyst, lesion, stunt, lance, reniform, ... Read More »

News Briefs

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program By the first week of June, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program had distributed more than 5 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Farmers to Families Food Box Program was designed to put ... Read More »

Alabama peanut farmers donate 14,400 jars of peanut butter to food banks

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The Alabama Peanut Producers Association donated 14,400 jars of peanut butter to the Alabama Food Bank Association to assist eight regional food banks with feeding their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on hunger-relief efforts around the state, and peanut butter is a favorite item for food banks, according to a news release. “Alabama peanut farmers are especially ... Read More »

Options for cost savings in weed control programs

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Row crop commodity prices have been low due to COVID-19 and the lack of demand. Peanut prices were at $418 a ton in the second week of April. To survive low commodity prices and global economic uncertainties, farmers will need to cut expenses and use resources more efficiently. The following are cost-saving options for weed control with the goal to ... Read More »

Lingering Alabama drought yields mixed harvest results

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Widespread drought continues in Alabama, as nearly 84% of the state is in severe drought. In fact, 55% of the state’s soil and subsoil moisture is reported to be “very short.” Even with these conditions, producers are still hard at work bringing in this year’s crop. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 96% of the corn planted in Alabama ... Read More »