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Oct 06, 2015

Baling hay with the moody “Big Yellow Bear” always tricky

With good equipment, hay season might be an enjoyable time. For me and my sister, hay season involves a rocky relationship with the weather and old....More
Sep 28, 2015

Southern agricultural economists huddle in Atlanta, sound warning

Southern Extension economists discuss the current state of affairs and outlooks for major Southern commodities and livestock. Farm economy to....More
Sep 06, 2015

A big 'boy' is coming. Don’t delay harvest or planting cover crops.

If what they say comes true about the massive potential of the current El Niño, Southeast farmers after harvest need to plant cover crops as soon as....More
Aug 26, 2015

Cycling through the downside of a farm economy

People in the ag industry hope the bloody-nose-feeling the sector feels now at least means it has hit the dirty floor of the down cycle....More
Aug 10, 2015

Don’t we want to grow more peanuts?

Being able to produce a lot of quality peanuts is a good thing in the long run. It’s good to have a lot of something people should want....More
Aug 09, 2015

A call no rancher wants, and it was pitch dark and raining

Your heart sinks immediately. You get that feeling in the pit of your stomach, one that says you’ve been negligent....More
Jul 10, 2015

Thank you, Mr. Jenkins, and your generation

A Nazi sniper’s bullet hit him in Salerno, Italy. He was part of the Normandy invasion and fought at The Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Charlie Jenkins was....More
Jun 30, 2015

Checklist: You might be a female rancher if …1

With the onslaught of checklists and online quizzes that dominate popular culture and social media, my sister and I decided to compile our own list....More
Jun 26, 2015

Don’t want to endanger your soul

The truck driver, a lovely Haitian lady, smiled and waved. I took her picture and she smiled and waved some more. But some of the fieldworkers made....More
Jun 09, 2015

Summer nights bring special, soothing nocturnal sonatas

Beginning in early April, the deep, dark forests of Alabama echo with the melancholy yet soothing sounds of the “whippoorwill,” a sure-fire signal....More
Jun 02, 2015

I’d stand naked for much less1

In the last few years, I’ve learned of half a dozen farmers who died of melanoma skin cancer. Not one was an old man....More
May 12, 2015

Why would a teenager today look to the ag industry for a future?

It is estimated the U.S. will have 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment....More
May 06, 2015

Now is the time for Alabama farmers to get involved in water policy

"All farmers in Alabama have a stake in this, so don’t just assume that they won’t listen to you.”....More
May 01, 2015

Saying good-bye to good help

A farmer earlier this year had a question: If he cut back on farming the same amount of rented land he had in previous seasons, would he have enough....More
Apr 27, 2015

What lies beneath an Alabama creek?

One of the most enjoyable ways to explore the great outdoors during the warm summer months is in the cool creeks of central Alabama....More
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