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Jun 23, 2014

Why farmers irrigate in the rain and police officers like donut shops

“It was raining, and he had the irrigation running in the field. Why?” That’s what an urban-leaning friend of mine asked me recently, referring to....More
Jun 04, 2014

Sundown is show time for a host of wildlife

While the rest of the world is preparing for evening repose, these pond inhabitants are preparing to take advantage of the upcoming period of....More
Jun 02, 2014

Retired professor writes of Alabama's agricultural shortcomings

“It was obvious U.S. agriculture was in serious trouble, but the situation in Alabama was even worse."....More
May 28, 2014

Will Extension get another 100 years?

Weekly, if not daily during certain times of the year, successful farmers I speak to tell me their one tried-and-true trick for success: “I....More
May 13, 2014

Cotton, peanut planters find full stride as weather dries

Farmers in South Georgia, the Florida Panhandle and dang near all of Alabama have danced through the raindrops in 2014 to get spring planting done,....More
May 08, 2014

Looking for heroes in all the wrong places

You can spin it anyhow you want – as a tyrannical, overreaching central government imposing its will on a freedom-loving rancher, or as someone, in....More
May 06, 2014

The kingsnake is true reptile royalty

Often called the “salt-and-pepper” snake, the speckled kingsnake is easily identified by the dazzling light dots covering its jet black body....More
May 02, 2014

Natural "need for seed" drives urge to be a farmer

Most farmers I’ve met over the years grew up on the farm and never gave a thought to doing anything else. And it seems to me that more young people....More
Apr 29, 2014

Regulators regulate regulators while eating unregulated foreign food

America might just end up a country of regulators regulating regulators, forced to eat unregulated food from a foreign country as we regulate our....More
Apr 22, 2014

We will sell no sweet onion before its time

“You can’t decide in Atlanta when you’re ready to dig onions in Vidalia."....More
Apr 22, 2014

The man who pioneered modern fertilizer and chemical warfare

Fritz Haber was called the “Father of Chemical Warfare,” and won the Nobel Prize for his process that efficiently pulls nitrogen from the air, likely....More
Apr 11, 2014

Pecans budding: Is winter really over?

I look to the winter-wise pecan tree to tell me if I've got the clear to plant my more-tender spring vegetable transplants, the clear not to worry....More
Apr 08, 2014

“Peanut Futures: Marketing for Profitability” helps you know your market

"Peanut Futures: Marketing for Profitability,” sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection, will examine recent developments in U.S. and international peanut....More
Apr 06, 2014

Easter: warm weather, colorful dresses and “Rabbit Nests”

As little girls, my sister and I couldn’t wait for Easter to arrive each year. Not only did the holy holiday mean warmer weather and the chance to....More
Apr 02, 2014

Drinkable-food developer slams farms

If not for this being in National Geographic, I’d likely not write this blog about Soylent. But I have a real problem with the publication giving....More
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