Upcoming Events

Athletic Turf Workshop

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Thursday, August 9th, 2018

8:30am to 3:00pm

Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center

Crossville, AL

  • 8:30-8:45 Registration
  • 8:45- 9:30 Mowing, aeration, topdressing, irrigation & drainage
    • Proper mowing heights & frequency. Reasons to aerate, equipment to use.  Proper topdressing materials and techniques.  Irrigation design and schedules.
  • 9:30- 10:30 Fertility, Overseeding and transition
    • Overview of plant nutrition. Interpreting soil tests.  How soil types impact fertilizer needs.  Establishing ryegrass and overseed.  Herbicides for transitioning out of ryegrass in the spring.
  • 10:30- 12:15 Pest Management
    • Major pests & control: Fire ants, armyworms, weeds, diseases.
  • Lunch
  • 12:45-3:00 Tour field
    • Equipment, how to take a soil test, maintaining pitcher’s mounds, skinned areas, scouting a field for possible problems.
    • Sprayer/Spreader Calibration
  • Adjourn

Please call the Extension Office by August 1, 2018 to RSVP 256-547-7936

10 recertification points for D&R, OTPC, and OTPS applied for acceptance.

Scouting School for Cotton and Soybeans

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Just a reminder about the upcoming scout school on June 12th.  Registration starts at 8.  CCA and commercial applicator points will be offered. An Auxin Best Management Practices Training Course will be held directly after lunch for anyone who may have missed one of the earlier trainings.  This should start at approximately 1:00pm.

Want to become a Master Gardener?

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Would you like to become a Master Gardener? The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is in the process of recruiting a Master Gardener Volunteer class for fall 2018. Classes will begin Thursday, August 2, 2018, so get your applications in now. The registration deadlines are as follows:  Early registration ends July 12, 2018 with a class fee of $125.00.  Any applications postmarked after Thursday, July 26, 2018 will have a class fee of $150.00.  Contact the Etowah County Extension Office for more details.

Deer & Timber Management Workshop


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Over 22 million acres or 68% of Alabama is forested.  The state’s timber industry alone generates over $21 billion dollars and provides over 122 thousand jobs.  Amazingly enough, over 85% of Alabama’s forestland is privately owned.  This means that it is up private forest owners throughout the state to manage one of the Alabama’s most important resources.  Management decisions for many forest owners often come down to sustainability, recreation, and profit.   More often than not, the two goals that forest owners focus on which meet those criteria are timber production and wildlife management.

Often times the two goals of both timber production and wildlife management can be reached simultaneously.  However, there are many considerations and compromises to be made along the way.  After all, hundreds or thousands of acres of pine plantation may be great for producing board feet but not as successful at producing habitat for quality deer or other wildlife species.  Bottom line, there are management activities that landowners can plan for and conduct that help to improve wildlife habitat while still achieving high timber yields and vice versa.  In general, planning to manage both forestry and wildlife can be made easier by using the services and assistance offered from entities such as Alabama Extension, Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Planning ahead and understanding the options that are available for getting the most out of your land, time, and effort can be one of the most important steps towards reaching your goals.

This is why the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, in conjunction with the AFC and USDA, with support from the Alabama Forestry Foundation, will be conducting a 4-hour workshop on managing for both timber and wildlife on June 18th.  This workshop will cater to the forest owner or manager who is interested in improving their property’s timber production and deer/wildlife populations.  Topics will include an overview of the technical and financial assistance programs offered through federal USDA programs, the biology and habitat requirements of deer, advantages related to forestry techniques, as well as discussion towards forest related organizations such as Alabama Treasure Forest and Alabama Natural Resources Councils.  The workshop will run from 10:00 pm – 2:00 pm and will take place at the Etowah County Extension Office at 3200A West Meighan Boulevard Gadsden, AL 35904.  The event is FREE to attend however, seating is limited and pre-registration is strongly suggested.  Registration includes a seat at the workshop, lunch, and printed presentation materials and related articles.  To register, please call the Etowah County Extension Office at: 3200A West Meighan Boulevard Gadsden, AL 35904.  For questions or more information, contact Norm Haley at (256) 845-8595 or nvh0001@aces.edu. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) operates as the primary outreach organization for the land-grant functions of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University.  For more information on ACES, please contact the Etowah County Extension Office or go to www.aces.edu .