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