Marshall County Extension e-News

September 2021

424 Blount Ave. Ste. G21
Guntersville, AL  35976
Phone: (256) 582-2009
Happy September!

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) 582-2009
Dr. Landon Marks (256) 706-0032
Eddie McGriff (256) 557-2375

Insecticides for Pasture Control of Fall Armyworms

Alabama is currently experiencing a widespread outbreak of fall armyworms with an exceptionally high numbers of caterpillars. It is expected that this forage pest will continue to hang around until the first frost. While fall armyworms can defoliate a field quickly, they rarely kill healthy stands of grass.

Alabama Extension professionals are still getting a lot of questions about what products can control fall armyworms in pastures, especially given the lack of availability in some areas. The following information summarizes the products that Alabama producers can apply and details how the products work, their residual levels, and any grazing/harvest restrictions.

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Welcome new Agribusiness Agent, Jared Daniel

We are pleased to announce that Jared Daniel has joined the Farm and Agribusiness Management Team as a Regional Extension Agent covering the North Alabama area.  Jared received his Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and Masters of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics, both at the University of Georgia.  His master’s thesis, titled, “Citizens Want Regulation After Seeing Bright Future of LED Lighting” found that after being shown media images of LED light pollution, most individuals preferred more regulation of LED lighting in controlled-environment agriculture.  There were several significant factors that influenced post-treatment outcomes for regulatory preferences including demographic characteristics as well as initial attitudes concerning LED lighting.
One of the main things Jared likes for people to know is that he is a proponent of 4-H as well as AFNR endeavors. His time as a 4-Her in Georgia shaped a lot of who he is today.  “I very much understand the importance of the research and education that ACES provides to individuals with AFNR pursuits as well as the youth development opportunities our organization provides for the State of Alabama,” Daniel said.
As an REA with ACES, Jared will focus on developing programs focused on financial management including record keeping, accounting, financial analysis, risk management, and the application of economic principles to crop and livestock production.
We are excited to have Jared as part of our team, and especially proud to have him housed right here in Marshall County.  Please join us in welcoming him to the ACES family.


Animal Science & Forages Team Update e-Newsletter

ACES invites you to subscribe to its new animal science & forage quarterly e-newsletter. The e-Newsletter offers: Details about upcoming extension offerings, Timely livestock production articles written by extension professionals, Help for producers in accessing education information on the ACES website, and more.   Subscribe Here...

Alabama Crops Podcast

Episode 21-Disease Issues in Row Crops-- On this episode, host Katelyn Kesheimer, an Alabama Extension entomologist, talks with Ed Sikora, an Extension plant pathologist, about disease issues confronting the state’s row crop farmers.  Sikora discusses foliar diseases that are popping up in soybeans, including frogeye leaf spot and target spot. Sikora also says that this summer’s rainy weather is a key driver of fungal diseases among row crops and offers some control options.

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

A New 4-H Year has Begun!

It is officially time to register for 4-H for the 2021-2022 school year! You can learn how to register for the first time, or to re-enroll here
  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

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Check out a quick video explaining Non-Traditional Families & what they need for support & success
  Home Grounds, Gardens & Pests & Commercial Horticulture Dr. Brian Brown (256) 558-8129
Marcus Garner (256) 541-0291
Eric Schavey (256) 504-0351

September 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 September Guide

Lookout for Yellow Jackets

The end of summer and fall are peak yellow jacket season in Alabama. Yellow jackets love to terrorize backyards and outdoor picnics. They will attack if their nests are disturbed while mowing the grass or walking on your lawn.

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It’s 4 a.m. on a Saturday in Alabama, and a certain smell is in the air. That’s right, fresh cut football grass. The stage–or field–is set as they say, but just how much goes into setting up this prestigious stage? Auburn University’s critically-acclaimed Pat Dye Field serves as the perfect example of the research, expertise and extensive care that turfgrass and athletic turf requires.

Eric Kleypas, the Auburn University director of athletic turf and grounds, and Athletic Turf Manager Zachary Willard work to prepare Pat Dye Field for when the first whistle blows. As the team prepares for the upcoming football season, Kleypas and Willard provide a synopsis of their observant, research-dependent approach to achieving turfgrass perfection.
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   Natural Resources Norm Haley (256) 630-4248

Land Planning Essentials: Property Description & Maps

A management plan is a road map of the goals and objectives you have for your forested property. Planning starts with having an accurate property description and maps of your land.

A land management plan tells the story of your vision for your property. The best plan starts with a written property description along with property maps and aerial photos showing the current condition of your woodlot. This information will be needed as you and your forester or land manager outline the management activities needed to reach the desired outcomes.

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

Types of Job Resumes

Do you have a resumé, or have you ever wondered why you were not selected for a job interview? Unfortunately, although you had the qualifications, you were not selected for an interview. Do you think it was the type of resumé that played a part in you not getting the invite for the interview? If so, it may be wise to consider switching to another format.

Knowing which type of resumé to use is important when trying to land your dream job. The main types of resumé formats are chronological, functional (or skills-based), and combination (or hybrid). One resumé format does not fit all job applications in today’s job market. To snag the job interview, use the format that best showcase your skills, experience, and background. The perfect format will always highlight your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

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

Healthy Game Day Snacks for your Family

Whether “War Eagle” or “Roll Tide” is your battle cry on Saturdays, most of us can agree that healthy game day snacks are a must-have for family football gatherings this fall.

“A movie theater-sized tub of popcorn is approximately 1,090 calories, 49g fat and 2,650mg of sodium, and that’s without any butter,” said Sofia Sanchez, Alabama Extension specialist and registered dietitian. “It’s a great idea to include snacks that provide a range of beneficial nutrients, as well as fiber to help with satiety.”

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