In this issue of the SCP Newsletter, we are excited to highlight some hot topics important to the specialty crops industry. We’ll present details on USDA Harmonized GAP Audits, as we align our standards with the requirements of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and pursue Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition of the USDA standard. You’ll also get a perspective of how a Marketing Order & Agreements (MOAD) Marketing Specialist strives to support a commodity program covered by the Specialty Crops Program.
Source: Specialty Crops Newsletter
It is hard to believe September is here and fall is around the corner. If you are like me you had a busy summer and the months swept on by like a warm summer breeze. This has been a difficult summer for livestock owners and forage production, many have experienced a drought for most of the summer and then armyworms invaded many Bermuda grass pastures. Prime sheep and goat prices have hovered around $2/lb. and cattle prices have dropped to their lowest prices in several years. Farming is a
high-risk enterprise, unlike most other ventures, not only is there supply and demand, but there is
In this issue you will find:
Points to Ponder – some thoughts based on what I have observed over the summer.
NRCS Deadlines – for those interested in EQIP you need to register for 2017.
Upcoming Events – several good workshops and conferences coming up.
Marketing Tips – instead of including a marketing report I have opted to share a publication that is very informative.
I hope your hay or pasture inventories are in good shape for this fall and winter. Who knows what
conditions will be for the next six months forage production? If all else fails be ready to cull
low-producing animals, and have a plan for over-seeding pastures and planting winter forages.
Urban Regional Extension Specialist
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Alabama Vegetable IPM Project reaches out to a large variety of audience through multiple communication channels. Educational videos are a great way to reach all producers, especially those that may not be able to travel to an Extension event but have a computer at home for self-training.
Videos are useful to not only introduce basic concepts but they are also useful in presenting advanced information about how stuff works to experienced farmers. This is the motivation behind developing 3-5 min videos that you can watch on your mobile devises!
Check out the educational videos that are available online via the Alabama Vegetable IPM website and linked also to the Alabama Beginning Farmers project. Remember to switch browsers if you have a problem with videos or websites. If you visit the Beginning Farmers website, remember to sign up for the electronic curriculum that is going to be available soon using the automated system.
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Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, ACES Specialist III
Agronomic Crops & Commercial Horticulture
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Cullman County is the number one agriculture producing county in the state. The total production of forest and agricultural products totaled $948.6 million in 2010. Cullman ranks first in broiler production, cattle production, dairy cattle and milk production. Cullman also ranked second in vegetable and melon farming. Cullman County’s agricultural, forestry, and related industries generated 15,555 full- and part-time jobs, representing 39.9 percent of the county’s total workforce (38,939 jobs). The total impact of agriculture, forestry, and related industries was $2.4 billion, which was 50.0 percent of the county’s total economic activity ($4.8 billion). The indirect business taxes impact was $65.5 million, 40.2 percent of the county’s total indirect business taxes.
What do you do with produce that never makes it to market – the veggies that are too big, too small, slightly bruised, cracked, or oddly shaped?
What happens to your produce when it is handled too much at market and just won’t make it to the next market day?
What happens to your produce when you just have too much of a good thing? Is it plowed back into the soil?
We can grow several nut crops in the Cullman area including pecans, Chinese chestnuts, black walnuts and even newly developed American chestnuts. Come hear from Regional Extension Agent, Doug Chapman who will also be demonstrating how to graft pecan trees. Tony Glover, County Agent Coordinator and Cullman Master Gardener, Don Nelson will be giving a short update on the American Chestnut and its reintroduction into our forest and how you can be involved.
It appears spring is here, the cold and snowy winter is behind us. It is time to start focusing on forage and vegetable production this spring into summer, and marketing vegetables, goats, and sheep all the way into fall. I assume you have submitted and received soil test results from the soil sample you sent off in January or February. And you have already begun sewing clover and crabgrass seed for spring and summer grazing. If you have not done either it is not too late. By now your kids and lambs that were born in December should be weaned or almost weaned and at market weight or almost there. Market prices for goats and sheep have varied these past few months. Prices for goats have been up compared to the past few years, prices for sheep have been very lackluster as of the end of March into April. At Extension we have been busy planning events for late spring into summer. This newsletter will share a variety of relevant information.
By the time you receive this newsletter August will be halfway behind us and about another 30 days of summer type weather. I hope you have accumulated whatever hay is needed for winter feeding, and forages are being stockpiled for fall into winter grazing. As many of you are probably aware summer prices for prime or selection one slaughter goats and cattle have held around two dollars per pound or higher, and prices for same quality of sheep have hovered around $1.50/lb. Now is the time to plan for establishing forages (grasses & legumes) that will allow for winter and early spring grazing. Winter wheat, rye, turnips, chicory, and etc. are some options, seed prices and practices for establishment are always factors of practicality.