Upcoming Events

Cotton and Soybean Pest Management Short Course

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold a Cotton and Soybean Pest Management Scouting Short Course on Tues., June 6th at the Autauga County Agricultural Center.  A complete agenda is below.  For more information, please contact Rudy P Yates, Jr., Regional Extension Agent – Agronomic Crops, Marengo County Extension Office, 334-295-5959 or by email at  yatesrp@auburn.edu.





4-H Bake Off Competition Coming in January

Choctaw County 4-H clubs will be participating in the annual Bake-Off competition in January.  Contest rules and guidelines are shown below.  Please bring your entries to your scheduled 4-H club meeting in January.  If you have any questions or need additional information about the contest, call 4-H Foundation Agent, David Perry  at 205-459-2133.  img_9756

Income Tax Workshops for Farmers


Alabama Extension Professionals Host Income Tax Workshops for Farmers

 AUBURN, Ala.— Income tax planning can affect your profitability and financial security. To help farmers understand the impact of income tax planning, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering a series of workshops at locations around the state.

Dr. Robert Tufts, an Alabama Extension attorney, will lead the workshops designed to help farmers and accountants who work with agribusiness determine the right course of action when making tax decisions.

Each workshop will feature a discussion of Schedule F—Profit or Loss from Farming focusing on how to report farming income from livestock, rent, crop shares, commodity credit corporation loans, Conservation Reserve Program, crop insurance and crop disaster payments, income from cooperatives and cancellation of debt as well as how to report expenses and prepaid expenses.

Workshops will also cover income averaging for farmers and fishermen, the effects of claiming accelerated depreciation under Section 179 and Section 178(k) on a farmer’s cash flow, the cost of retiring and how income affects social security benefits.

There is a $15 registration fee.  Accountants may pay an extra $65 for 2.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Dates and times for the workshops are listed below.

Monday, Oct. 3:         6:00 to 8:30 p.m., ALFA building, Robertsdale

Tuesday, Oct. 4:         6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Wiregrass Research Center, Headland

Thursday, Oct. 6:       6:00 to 8:30 p.m., A.W. Todd Center, Russellville (meal provided)

Monday, Oct. 10:       6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Black Belt Research Center, Marion Junction

Tuesday, Oct. 11:       6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Shelby County Extension office, Columbiana

Tuesday, Nov. 1:        6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Farmers Federation Building, Gadsden

Thursday, Nov. 3:      6:00 to 8:30 p.m., E.V. Smith Research Center, Shorter

Monday, Nov. 7:        6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Morgan County Extension office, Hartselle

For additional information and to register, visit www.aces.edu/farmtax, mail a check made out to Auburn University to 301 O. D. Smith Hall, Auburn University 36849-5608, or call (334) 844-5100 to register by phone.

It’s Heifer Show Time

It’s time for the 4-H Beef Heifer Project.  4-H would like to offer an opportunity for youth to learn about beef cattle on the farm.  We will have an informational meeting to help you get started and to answer any questions you may have.  We will also have a showmanship clinic to prepare youth for the show.  The show will be in conjunction with our annual 4-H Pig Squeal project.   This project will help youth by teaching them: Cattle management skills, healthy animal production, beef animal care, show cattle presentation, record keeping, and pride in accomplishment. Listed below is the project timeline.


Heifer picSeptember:  Complete beef project registration form by September 23rd.  Make plans to attend project meeting on October 4 @ 5:30 P.M.; County Extension office.

October:  Choose your heifer.  You may use one of your own or from a family member or you may purchase a heifer.  Your choice.  This does not have to be a “show calf”.  The calf needs to be Fall 2015-Spring 2016 born.  Get a halter on the animal this month.

November:  Continue feeding and working with the calf on leading.  Record books!

December:  Showmanship Clinic.  Saturday, December 3.  4R Arena, Tuscaloosa. Time TBA.

January:  Work with your animal.  Beef cattle workshop @ Extension office. TBA.  Show guidelines will be presented to participants.

February:  Prepare for show, February 25.  Fine tune your animal…possible grooming clinic.

To register for this event, come by the Choctaw County Extension Office and complete a registration form.  A $30 registration fee is due at the time of application.  For more information, contact 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent David Perry at 205-459-2133.

Are you choosing the “Right Bite” for your diabetes?


The Choctaw County Extension Office will host a Free Diabetic Education Class taught by Regional Extension Agent, Tera Glenn.  The 6 week series will be held on  Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 from 4:00-5:30 pm.  There will be cooking and sampling diabetes recipes during the class.  The last day to register is Wed. Oct. 12th.  To register or for more information, please call 205-459-2133.Veggies

Get Down and Dirty with 4-H

Mud Run Logo

AUBURN, Ala. – It’s time to get down and dirty with 4-H at the first mud run hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System 4-H Program. The mud run will take place Aug. 13 at the Stony Lonesome OHV Park, 10075 AL Hwy 69 S., Breman, Alabama. On-site registration will begin a 7:30 a.m. with the race starting at 8:30 a.m. Early registration can be done online at www.alabama4h.com/events.

Chris Becker, an Extension Coordinator for Limestone County, is the coordinator of the event. Becker said that participants are set to have a fun and exciting day ahead of them.

“We are going to have something for all ages and all levels of runners at the mud run. The 5K mud run will be for ages 13 and up. There will also be a 1 mile fun run and mud pit for all ages,” said Becker. “Whether this is a person’s 10th 5K or their first, we want this to be a fun and challenging experience for everyone.”

People who register by Aug. 1 will receive a T-shirt with their $30 registration fee. Those who register from Aug. 2 to Aug.8 will also receive a T-shirt but at an extra fee. No t-shirts will be available the day of the race. Those who register online will have the opportunity to purchase additional t-shirts.

Part of the 4-H pledge states “I pledge my health to better living.” Becker feels that an event like this embodies this part of the pledge.

“An event like the mud run is a great way to support 4-H as well as improving the health of those who participate,” said Becker.

For more information on the Alabama 4-H Mud Run, visit Alabama 4-H online or contact Chris Becker at cmb0034@aces.edu.

By Justin Miller

Impatiens Downy Mildew Found on Plants

Closeup of vine grape leaf affected by Downy Mildew (Plasmopara vitikola)
impatiens downy mildewIDM was found in GA this past weekend on recently purchased plants. Presumably, the pathogen was present when they were purchased from the retail garden center.  John Olive, Director of the Ornamental Horticulture Research Center, says the disease has not been terrible the past couple of years in Mobile or the surrounding areas. He has seen cases of it but has also seen Impatiens making it the whole summer without the disease. One reason may be fewer plants available because fewer greenhouses are growing them for resale. The disease showing up this early may be a warning.

IDM causes Impatiens leaves to yellow and quickly defoliate. A downy, white fungal growth can be seen on the back of the yellowed leaves. The plant will completely defoliate and only green, erect stems will remain. For more information contact your local Extension Office.

4-H Chick Chain has begun

The 2016 Choctaw County 4-H Chick Chain project is now underway.  The chicks arrived on Fri. May 6, 2016 and the 4-H’ers are arriving to gather their chicks.  Each 4-H’er will raise their chicks for 20 weeks and the project will conclude with a show and auction on Oct 8 in Marengo Co. For more information about the 4-H Chick Chain Project, contact David Perry with the Choctaw County Extension Office.4-H chick chain

Leadership Choctaw Tours Georgia Pacific’s Naheola Mill

The Leadership Choctaw Class of 2016 ended this year’s program with a tour of Georgia Pacific’s Naheola mill.  The class learned the valuable economic impact the 800+ employee mill has on Choctaw County.  They were also afforded the opportunity to tour the spectacular facility.  The participants agreed that it was very interesting to see common household products in the process of being made.  The group was fortunate to be able to attend this important session and have all learned a valuable economic lesson in doing so. Leadership Choctaw at GP

Learning How to Save with Coupons

The Choctaw County Extension Office recently offered one of several classes on couponing.  Instructor Rachel Copeland taught participants how to use coupons to save money and where to get the coupons.  It was a valuable class and there is already a wait list for the next one.  If you would like to learn more about couponing, contact the Extension Office at 205-459-2133.