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The poet Robert Frost penned that good fences make good neighbors. Just as good fences make good neighbors, good sunlight is critical for high corn yields if it is supplemented with adequate moisture. There's the rub, getting good [...]
McMichen Farm became the first Alabama grower to hurdle the 100-bushel soybean barrier with an eye-popping 102.158 bushels per acre. The Cherokee County farm located near Centre in NE Alabama, which has been in the family since 1842, consists of Nick McMichen and his wife Freida along with father Randall and son Matt. Future son-in-law Tyler Bruce, who is engaged to Nick's daughter Mindy, joined the operation in [...]
Alabama Farmers and Crop Consultants will have the opportunity to get an update on cutting-edge manage[...]
Ryegrass continues to be a problem in wheat each year due to resistance to more herbicides, timing of applications, and weather conditions. Last year, we looked at several herbicides applied delayed-PRE that were promising for ryegrass control but this year we looked at some additional timings to see if they would control the ryegrass as well as or better than the previous year and timings. We looked at the following herbicides: Anthem Flex,[...]
During the period 9/6 – 9/12 moth trap catch numbers for cotton bollworm were lower in comparison to the previous week with the highest catch reported in Baldwin county (59 moths). The tobacco budworm moth trap catch was also low.with the highest catch in Autauga county. (31 moths). The soybean looper moth trap catch was significant at 4 of the 5 trapping sites with the highest number recorded in Limestone county (475 moths).
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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