Upcoming Events

Train the Trainer Meeting

Worker Protection Standard Train-The-Trainer Meeting


Hosted by the

Alabama Cooperative Extension System


Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Location: E.V. Smith Research Center in Macon County

4725 County Road 40 Shorter, AL 36075


The purpose of this event is to train those who wish to train their own workers and handlers.  If you have a commercial or private applicator license, you are already qualified to train; however, by attending this event you will receive the training materials.  You will also have the opportunity to ask questions. This event is not intended to train workers or handlers.  It is strictly to train trainers. Lunch will be served. There is no registration fee for this training, but pre-registration is required.


To Register: Call the Macon County Extension Office, 334-727-0340 by Friday, March 10th.





The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University), is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Everyone is welcome!

Soil Sampling Workshop

Workshop Soil Sampling for Precision Agriculture Applications

Monday, January 23, 2017

  E.V. Smith Research Center Conference Facility

4725 County Road 40 – Shorter, AL




8:00 a.m. Welcome and Instructions Brenda Ortiz – Auburn University
8:15 a.m. Role of soil testing in nutrient management Patrick Watkins – Oklahoma State University
8:35 a.m. Differences between Grid sampling and Zone sampling Patrick Watkins – Oklahoma State University
9:00 a.m. “Nuts and Bolts” of soil sampling strategies for site specific nutrient management Brian Arnall – Oklahoma State University
9:15 a.m. Importance of sampling soil depth –Updates from the AU Soil Testing  Laboratory Gobena Huluka  – Auburn University
9:30 a.m. Break  
9:40 a.m. Getting started with soil sampling using AgStudio software/Hands-on exercise Mathew Tapley  (MapShots) and Brenda Ortiz
11:20 p.m. Services of soil sampling and variable rate nutrient management by a private company – Southern Ag (http://southernagllc.com/) Ethan Willers – Southern Ag Consulting


12:00 p.m. Questions/Answers session – Lunch Various speakers


Christy Hicks

Regional Extension Agent

Agronomic Crops


Twitter @AgnewChristy

Private Applicator Training Classes

Extension System Offers Private Pesticide Applicator Training Classes

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be teaching several private pesticide applicator training classes. These classes are designed for the farmers who need to take the private pesticide applicator test in order to purchase restricted use products. However, we will be discussing chemical safety and sprayer calibration at this class, so anyone who sprays pesticides on a large scale will benefit from this training even if a restricted pesticide license is not needed.

On January 24th the class will be taught at the Randolph County Ag. Center in Wedowee [(256) 357-2841], January 25th at the Macon County Extension Office [(334) 727-0340], January 26th at the Cleburne County Extension Office [(256) 463-2620], January 31st at the Autauga County Extension Office[(334) 361-7273], February 1st at the Russell County Extension Office [(334) 298-6845], February 2nd at the Elmore County Extension Office [(334) 567-6301], February 14th at the Clay County Extension Office [(256) 354-5976], February 16th at the Lee County Extension Office [(334) 749-3353], February 24th at the Talladega County Extension Office [(256) 362-6187], March 2nd at the Chambers County EMA Office [(334) 864-9373], March 9th at the Coosa County Extension Office [(256) 377-4713], September 12th at the Tallapoosa County Extension Office [(256) 825-1050]. The Chambers and Russell County meetings begin at 8:00 a.m. and will end around 12 noon (EST). All of the other classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and will end around 12 noon (CST). If you would like to attend any of these classes please call the Extension office in the county you would like to attend to make a reservation.

A fee of $20 will be charged for this training and testing. An additional licensing fee of $25 will be sent to the Department of Agriculture and Industries by the applicant. The licensing fee is not included in the training and testing fee. Please plan to pay with a check (checks are preferred) made out the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) in the amount of $20 or with the correct cash amount.

Remember to read and follow the label directions before applying pesticides. On our web site, we have information on pesticides that are labeled for certain crops, such as insects, disease, and weed control in turf, ornamentals, vegetables, fruit, forages, and other areas such as insects in wood structures. For people who spray large areas, remember that sprayer calibration is extremely important. Sprayer calibration is the process of figuring out how many gallons of water is being applied to a known area and making needed adjustments so that the correct volume of water is applied. The particular pesticide label will give a range of desired gallons of water per acre that is needed to be applied along with the recommended rate of pesticide. Simple math calculations and a little time are needed to properly calibrate a sprayer. If you need more information on sprayer calibration, just contact your local County Extension Office or visit our web site at www.aces.edu and type sprayer calibration in the “Search Our Site” box.


Dr. Chip East

Regional Extension Agent

Commercial Horticulture