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Grasshoppers have been a sporadic pest of seedling cotton for 10 or more years. This problem emerged as a result of the conservation movement to reduced tillage. Certain seasons seem to be worse than others and 2018 has resulted in greater concern than more recent years. Growers reported observing high numbers of adult grasshoppers during harvest season in fall 2017. Overwintering populations are influenced by environmental conditions. Rai[...]
Last week, Miravis (a.i. adepidyn), a FRAC Group 7 carboxamide fungicide, was registered for the control of foliar diseases in peanut. Other Group 7 carboxamide fungicides labeled for use on peanut include Elatus, Priaxor, and Fontelis. Unlike Elatus and Priaxor, Miravis contains just the a single a.i. adepidyn. As a result, following resistance management practices will be [...]
Australian scientists have confirmed hybridization of two of the world's major pest species into what they say could be a new mega-pest. The 2 pests are: Helicoverpa armigera, referred to as the "old world bollworm;" and Helicoverpa zea, known in the U.S. as the corn earworm or cotton bollworm.
H. armigera [...]
May 11, 2018 - Gramoxone (paraquat) is a commonly used herbicide in peanut for weed control. It can be tank mixed with Storm, Basagran, Ultra Blazer, 2,4-DB and other residual herbicides to apply over the top of small peanuts. Tank mixing herbicides with Gramoxone increase weed control spectrum and efficacy, however, peanut injury has always been a concern for some g[...]
Weather patterns have gotten much warmer and drier over the past three weeks since the last report. As a result, overall weather patterns have not been very favorable to disease development in wheat but have favored high wheat yields statewide.
Fusarium scab has not been a major issue in Alabama wheat. This disease has developed in fungicide and cultivar screening trials at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center but has n[...]
Success of the growing season starts on the front end with planting. Seed costs continue to increase so peak performance of the planter is critical to maximize the yield potential of every seed. The Alabama Precision Ag Team has been hard at work getting our planters and technology prepped for the upcoming season. Our focus has been ensuring planting depth is correct while not placing too much down force on the gauge wheels to induce side wall[...]
Big data or data management in agriculture continues to be a hot topic. The 2013 InfoAg Conference highlighted not only how data management is growing in agriculture through the tradeshow and presentations but that industry partnerships will be a key to success of this data evolution. One company cannot provide the one-stop shop as it relates to ag data management since this service is compl[...]
We know the adoption of precision ag continues to increase across the US. Here in Alabama, technology and site-specific management exceeds national averages reported by the USDA.
In 2009 and 2010, the Alabama Precision Ag Team conducted surveys around the state asking farmers their adoption of many available technologies. Data was collected during winter crop production meetings coordinated by the Alabama Co[...]
The Alabama Precision Ag Team has been using Facebook as its portal to archive images and information.
The site provides updates on projects, demonstrations and other Extension activities. A Facebook account is not required to view and navigate [...]
The Biosystems Engineering Department at Auburn University has a research assistantship, at the Master of Science (MS) level, available in the area of machinery automation focused on enhancement of agricultural equipment for site-specific management. The position would start during the summer or by August 2013. This individual would have the opportunity to conduct cutting edge, practical research on planter technology or fertilizer distribution[...]
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