Marshall County Extension e-News

October 2021

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Guntersville, AL  35976
Phone: (256) 582-2009
"Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons" -Jim Bishop

Take a look below for timely Information and upcoming Courses, Classes and Workshops
for the citizens of Marshall County.

As always, thank you for your continued support and participation in activities from your
County Extension Office!

Kristen Roberson
County Extension Coordinator

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   Agriculture Jared Daniel (256) 557-4889
Dr. Landon Marks (256) 706-0032
Eddie McGriff (256) 557-2375


Soybean Rust in 2021

Soybean rust (SBR) has been found in 21 counties in Alabama this year.  Most of the sightings have been on kudzu and at very low disease levels. In the past few weeks, we have been detecting the disease in research plots in central and south Alabama, but at this point it does not appear the disease will cause significant yield losses in soybean fields that were not sprayed with a fungicide as opposed to what we experienced in 2020. I believe the low impact of the disease in 2021 could be traced back to a few cold periods along the Florida panhandle back in the winter which likely killed-back much of the kudzu that the pathogen needs to overwinter on successfully for it to be a problem in Alabama during the growing season.

I suspect we will find SBR in North Alabama this week because cooler temperatures favor disease development. However, because the soybean crop is maturing rapidly it is very unlikely the disease was detrimental to crop production. Other foliar diseases such as frogeye leaf spot and web blight have been reported this year, but growers applying a single fungicide in a timely manner would have been able to keep these diseases in check.

Contact Ed Sikora for more information.

September 28, 2021 Crops Report Here

Alabama Crops Podcast

Episode 24-Variety Trial Testing-- Hosts Katelyn Kesheimer and Adam Rabinowitz visit with Henry Jordan of Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences.  Jordan manages the University’s variety trial testing program.  The program evaluates all the major row crops. Most trials are conducted  in multiple locations across Alabama.

Episode 25-Disaster Assistance from USDA- Hosts Adam Rabinowitz and Amanda Scherer talk with two guests from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). The first is Shnequie Bowman-Greene, a chief agricultural program specialist, and the second is Sydney Griffin, an agricultural program specialist. This time of year is peak season for natural disasters. Bowman-Greene and Griffin discuss FSA’s involvement when disaster strikes agricultural producers.

Episode 26-Meet Extension's New Grains Specialist- In today’s episode, hosts Amanda Scherer and Katelyn Kesheimer introduce Alabama Extension’s new grains specialist. Eros Francisco, who joined Extension in September, will be working on the agronomic crops team. He will work with grain crops such as corn, wheat, and sorghum–as well as other crops like sorghum, barley, rye, and oats. A native of Brazil, Francisco bring more than 20 years experience to the crops team.

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

  4-H Clubs Audrey Jones (256) 572-2156
Kristen Roberson (256) 558-2198
  Human Nutrition, Diet & Health and Food Safety & Quality Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241
Shonda Miller (256) 426-8444
Christy Mendoza (205) 217-6495

New Cottage Food Regulations

The Alabama Cottage Food Law was originally passed in 2014 and was revised this year. The revisions went into effect on August 1, 2021.

There are 5 Major Changes:

1) The definition of a "cottage food"
2) Product testing requirements
3) Product label requirements
4) Delivery methods
5) Money cap

Read More Here...
Watch recording of the revised Cottage Food law, updates from the ACES Food Safety team, product tests requirements, and Q&A that you were submitted!
  Home Grounds, Gardens & Pests & Commercial Horticulture Dr. Brian Brown (256) 558-8129
Marcus Garner (256) 541-0291
Eric Schavey (256) 504-0351

October 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 October Guide

Time is Running out to start your Fall Veggie Garden

First things first. Get the garden plots ready for the fall crops. Brian Brown, an Alabama Extension home grounds, gardens and home pests regional agent, said gardeners can plant their fall crops in the same place they had their summer garden. However, there are a few cleaning steps they will need to take.

“To clean up your garden plot from its summer crops, pull up any spent plants, as well as any weeds,” Brown said. “Then, till the garden to a depth of approximately 6 to 8 inches. You can also incorporate a complete fertilizer into the soil when you till.”

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Bad Bugs

Most insects are actually good bugs, but the bad ones give them a negative reputation. Of all the identified insects, less than 1% are major pests. These examples highlight a few insect pest species in Alabama.

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Good Bugs

Good bugs help us by preying on insect pests in the environment. Some have an important role in pollinating our fruit and vegetable crops. Other critters decompose plant material into organic matter that improves our soil.

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   Natural Resources Norm Haley (256) 630-4248

Venison: The Best Meat You'll Ever Have

More than 220,000 white-tail deer are harvested in Alabama each year. This equates to roughly 5.5 million pounds of venison making its way to the dinner table, grill, or other products such as various sausages or jerky.   

There are many venison dishes, from simple to highly sophisticated, and some of them would win over even the greatest skeptics. The bottom line? Venison that is properly cared for from field to table can be delicious. 

Bad experiences with venison are most likely a direct result of poor handling of the animal once it is harvested. The following are several tips for bringing home a freezer full of delicious, free-ranging protein for the table.

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Importance of Erosion Control During & After Timber Harvesting

Nonpoint source pollution (NPSP) can be a concern on active and completed timber harvests. Erosion is the top NPSP pollutant associated with timber harvesting. The most critical areas to control erosion are forest roads, skid trails, streamside management zones (SMZs), and stream crossings. Erosion really becomes a problem when it becomes sedimentation, which is when sediment enters waterways or waterbodies. Water runs downhill, so it is important to protect areas away from waterways also. To protect water resources from timber harvest activities, there are forestry best management practice (BMP) guidelines. Loggers implement these guidelines during and after harvesting timber. Loggers are trained through the Alabama Professional Logger Manager (PLM) trainings which teach loggers Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards. Loggers also receive additional BMP training at continuing education workshops each year. 

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  Financial Management & Workforce Development Dr. Theresa Jones (256) 509-5908
Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241

Smart Shopping for the Holidays

With the uncertainty of the economy, we must remember to purchase the things we need first. Needs are a necessity. It is okay to buy some of the things you want. However, you should never take the money you have set aside for your needs to purchase things that you want. Most people are experts at spending money. On the contrary, few people are experts at saving it. If you want to keep from over spending, be wise and create a spending plan (budget). Creating a spending plan will help you stay on track and meet your financial goals. Whether you are a spender or a
saver, creating a spending plan has proven to be the best tool to keep track of your money.

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   SNAP-Ed-Live Well Alabama Roberta McClellan (256) 737-9386

USDA Updates Thrifty Food Plan

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be on the rise starting Oct. 1, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA released a re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, used to calculate SNAP benefits, on Monday. In Alabama, the estimated increase in SNAP benefits will be around $343 for each SNAP-eligible household.

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