Marshall County Extension e-News

June 2021

424 Blount Ave. Ste. G21
Guntersville, AL  35976
Phone: (256) 582-2009
"June is the gateway to Summer" --Jean Hersey

Welcome June! As we get geared up with summer plans, many of us are traveling for the first time in months. Whether it be to see parents, grandparents, a baseball game, or a relaxing vacation--the feeling of summer as officially arrived. We have had a lovely spring in North Alabama, one that has seemed unseasonably cool for our area. My Michigan blood has thoroughly enjoyed it! What a beautiful season to be able to enjoy our natural resources in Marshall County!

However, the heat seems to be revving up! Please remember to protect yourselves from the heat and sun when you go out to have your summer fun! And whether you are in the garden, in a pasture, on a ball field, or at the beach- remember to stay hydrated!

As always, we have lots going on! Please check out our upcoming classes, trainings, courses and videos below.

Kristen Roberson, County Extension Coordinator
Cell: (256) 558-2198

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   Agriculture Landon Marks (256) 706-0032
Eddie McGriff (256) 557-2375

Broomsedge: What causes it in Pastures? How can I get rid of it?

Broomsedge is a weedy grass people commonly find in pastures. Although not a highly competitive species, some perceive it as such in many pastures and hayfields across Alabama. It is an opportunistic native plant; it takes advantages of situations that decrease competitiveness of desirable forage plants. At least two conditions favor broomsedge invasion: poor soil fertility and inadequate grazing pressure.  Read More Here...

Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale

Friday, August 27, 2021-Uniontown, Alabama

The Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale is a marketing program conducted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s animal science team and the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association. This sale has become known for top quality and top genetics in the consignments offered and is one of the top replacement heifer sales in the southeastern United Sates. It has also added to the positive reputation of beef cattle in Alabama and the Southeast. Read More Here...

Alabama Crops Podcast

Episode 11-Managing Nematodes in Row Crops-- Hosts Scott Graham and Amanda Scherer talk with Dr. Kathy Lawrence, who is an Auburn University professor of entomology and plant pathology.  Lawrence’s research focuses on plant parasitic nematodes and fungi that attack field crops, vegetables and ornamentals.

Episode 12-Carbon Credits-- Hosts Amanda Scherer and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Jessica Kelton, who is an Alabama Extension regional agent working on the farm and agribusiness team. In this podcast, Kelton and the hosts discuss the growing interest and demand by industries for carbon credits and what that can possibly mean for Alabama farmers.

Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

The Alabama Crops Report Podcast is sponsored in part by Alabama Ag Credit.  Read More Here

Early entry for the National Corn Growers Association yield contest is May 3-June 30, 2021. For assistance, contact Regional Extension Agent Eddie McGriff.

Nick McMichen and REA Eddie McGriff discuss the progress of his 600 acres of April 16 planted soybeans on this episode of "On The Farm in Alabama".
  4-H Clubs Audrey Jones (256) 572-2156
Kristen Roberson (256) 558-2198
4-H Summer Campers return to camp in 2021!
Campers excel at Challenge-By-Choice activities over 3-days at the 4-H Center in Columbiana
  Human Nutrition, Diet & Health and Food Safety & Quality Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241
Shonda Miller (256) 426-8444
Christy Mendoza (205) 217-6495
Submit your questions at
Please call the Extension Office at (256) 582-2009 to register to attend the Watch Party.
If you would like to watch from your home, you can register here:
  Home Grounds, Gardens & Pests & Commercial Horticulture Rhonda Britton (256) 690-8979
Marcus Garner (256) 541-0291
Eric Schavey (256) 504-0351

June Gardening Calendar

Learn—month by month—the necessary gardening activities for lawns and shrubs, annuals and perennials, fruit and nut trees, and bulbs, roots, and tubers. Included is a timeline for activities such as soil testing, planting, pruning, fertilizing, pruning, mulching, indoor plantings—from cauliflower to okra, from camellias to dahlias to heirloom roses...

Click here for your June Guide

Blossom End Rot in Tomatoes

Tomato growers must take care to avoid blossom-end rot (BER), a disorder that can dramatically reduce fruit quality and quantity. By using a few simple irrigation and fertilization practices, damage from BER can be prevented or reduced.

Blossom-end rot is a physiological disorder or an abiotic disease (caused by drought, freezing, and other stressors). It is not a disease caused by fungi, bacteria, or other pathogens.

Blossom-end rot is easily identified as a brown, leathery rot developing on or near the blossom end of the tomato. It starts with a dry, brown lesion the size of a dime and generally increases in diameter as the condition worsens. In time, lesions often become covered with a secondary black mold. There is also a condition called internal blossom-end rot in which symptoms develop on the sides of the fruit or internally. You might not see the damage until you cut into the fruit.

Read More Here...

Grow More, Give More

Growing and harvesting your own vegetables is a fulfilling process not only for gardeners and families, but communities as well. With proper tending and care, vegetable gardens can provide a wealth of freshly grown produce.

With Alabama Extension’s Grow More, Give More project, both experienced and novice gardeners can receive invaluable information and resources for a successful harvest

   Natural Resources Norm Haley (256) 630-4248
Register Here...
  Financial Management & Workforce Development Dr. Theresa Jones (256) 509-5908
Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241

Credit Bureaus offering Free Weekly Credit Report due to COVID

Identity theft has been a rising concern and issue that many Americans have faced over the years. During the COVID 19 era, there has been an increase of identity theft and scams. Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, the three main credit bureaus, have recognized the challenge that people are facing. They are offering individuals access to a free weekly credit report through April 20, 2022. People are all entitled to one free credit report from each of the three main credit bureaus each year. However, they have stepped up and are each offering this service more frequently during this time.  Read More Here...

Tune in at 11:30 am each First Monday of the month at
   SNAP-Ed Roberta McClellan (256) 737-9386
Boaz City Schools Seamless Summer Option

Meals for those 18 and younger
Monday-Friday June 7-July 2 & July 12-23

Breakfast 7:30 am

Lunch 11:30-12:00 Noon

Boaz Elementary School
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