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Marshall County Extension e-News

May 2021

424 Blount Ave. Ste. G21
Guntersville, AL  35976
Phone: (256) 582-2009
"The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May" --Edwin Way Teale

It's officially strawberry season in North Alabama, and I couldn't be more excited for those ripe, red delicious berries, and we have some of the best around, right here in Marshall County. You can find a great directory of locally grown produce at www.sweetgrownalabama.org.

With all the classes, courses and workshops we have been able to have in-person in the last month, it almost feels like we are back close to normal. Although we are still following social distance and mask guidelines, we are finally able to see you all back in-person again, and we couldn't be happier!

As always, we have lots going on! Please check out our upcoming classes, trainings, courses and videos below. We look forward to seeing each of you real soon!

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

Visit our Webpage at: www.aces.edu/marshall
Find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/marshallalextension
   Agriculture Landon Marks (256) 706-0032
Eddie McGriff (256) 557-2375

Measuring Forage Mass to Adjust Stocking Rate

Understanding how to properly measure forage mass to adjust stocking rate can help optimize pasture yield, quality and longevity, and animal performance.

Measuring forage production is an efficient way to monitor the use of forage and help to estimate pasture stocking rate (SR) and carrying capacity (CC). Stocking rate is defined as the number of animals grazing within a unit of land over a specified period of time. When SR is incorrect, it can lead to issues such as overgrazing that compromises stand longevity (figure 1). Carrying capacity is defined as the maximum number of animals or animal units (AU) that a pasture can support over a period without compromising stand health. It is essential to maintain a balance between forage available and removal to support goals for animal gain on pasture and allow the stand to replenish carbohydrate reserves (the “engine” for regrowth after defoliation). Read More Here...

Alabama Crops Podcast

The Alabama Crops Report Podcast is where the research meets the row. When time is tight and every minute matters, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System agronomy team makes decision-making simpler for farmers by bringing Extension expertise straight to the tractor cab.

Producers can expect to hear a wide range of topics throughout the year. From insect scouting tips to fertilizer application recommendations and harvest updates—timely issues in the field will be addressed by agents and specialists from all over the state. Episodes will be 10 to 15 minutes long in conversational form. New episodes will drop weekly during the production season. Listeners can expect multiple episodes in a week if there are multiple important topics to discuss.

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...

Marketing is a key aspect of farm profitability. Henderson Farms’ Stuart Sanderson discusses his soybean marketing strategy on this episode of "On The Farm in Alabama"  
  4-H Clubs Audrey Jones (256) 572-2156
Kristen Roberson (256) 558-2198
Congratulations to our 2021 4-H Pig Squeal participants for a great show and auction!
Congratulations to our Marshall County 4-H Archery Team for competing in the 2021 State Championship.
Marshall County had the 1st place Junior Team in the state, and 2nd Place Senior Team!
  Human Nutrition, Diet & Health & Food Safety & Quality Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241
Shonda Miller (256) 426-8444
Carmen Martinez (256) 582-2009
Christy Mendoza (205) 217-6495
Submit your questions at www.aces.edu/go/tabletalktuesdays
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: www.aces.edu/go/1974
  Home Grounds, Gardens & Pests & Commercial Horticulture Rhonda Britton (256) 690-8979
Eric Schavey (256) 504-0351

May 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 May Guide
Watch at: auburn.zoom.us/j/82398811386

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...
To Register for Zoom Webinar Click Here

Click Here to Register for Field Day
  Personal Financial Management Dr. Theresa Jones (256) 509-5908
Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241
Tune in at 11:30 am each First Monday of the month at www.aces.edu/go/BestBuys
Tune in at 11:30 am each Tuesday at: www.aces.edu/go/TakeChargeTuesdays
   SNAP-Ed Roberta McClellan (256) 737-9386
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