Farming 101 begins in January
Farming 101 is for anyone interesting in farming basics. There will be Extension Specialist and agents at each meeting discussing topics like soil samples, vegetable and fruit production, pest management, and farm management. The cost is $50 which helps with the cost of snacks and materials. Deadline to register is January 5. The meetings will be held at the Barbour County Extension Office starting at 6 p.m. Those interested can call our office 334-687-5688.
Speakers and Topics include:
January 9 Basic Soils – Management and Improvement: Brandon Dillard, Regional Extension Agent, Agronomic Crops
January 11 Small Scale Vegetable Production: Dr. Wheeler Foshee, Dwight and Ruth Bond Endowed Professor, Auburn University
January 16 Overview of Major Vegetable Insect Pests and Management Options for Market Gardens and Small Farms: Dr. Ayanava, IPM Extension S
pecialist, Auburn University
January 18 Small Fruit Production- Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and Grapes: Neil Kelly, Regional Extension Agent, Commercial Horticulture
January 23 Protected Production-Getting Started with Your High Tunnel: Dr. Joe Kemble, Extension Specialist Professor, Auburn University
January 25 Farm Management and Financial Planning: Jessica Kelton, Regional Extension Agent, Farm and Agribusiness Management
Poinsettias are the most recognizable Christmas flower associated with Christmas. People scatter them around their home as decoration for the holiday.
Source: Poinsettias: The Christmas Flower – Extension Daily
The holiday season is a reminder to Alabama residents that Satsumas are ripe for the picking.
Source: ‘Orange’ You Glad Alabama Grows Satsumas – Extension Daily
Ornamental cabbage is a closely related to the common cabbage that we eat on a regular basis. It is easily grown in rich and consistently moist loam in the sun, but there are other ways to grow it.
Source: Ornamental Cabbages Offer Fall Color – Extension Daily
Thanks to recent rains, fire ant mounds are popping up across state.What appear to be new mounds have been around for probably several months.
Source: Fire Ant Mounds Popping Up After Recent Rains – Extension Daily
Alabama’s peach producers are harvesting only 10 to 30 percent of their normal crop. A combination of three events have stressed peach crops across Alabama.
Source: Alabama Peach Production Takes Major Hit – Extension Daily
Producers from all areas of Alabama have had planting or harvesting delays and are now making management decisions based on excessive rainfall.
Source: Excessive Rainfall May Cause Field Issues for Farmers – Extension Daily
Salads are one of the best ways to pack many vegetables and nutrients into one meal, but all salads are not equally nutritious.
Source: Salads: nutritious and delicious – Extension Daily
The good news is that there are qualified people who are able to answer your questions if you reach out – they are called Master Gardeners.
Source: What is a Master Gardener and How Do I Join?