Marshall County Extension e-News

July 2021

424 Blount Ave. Ste. G21
Guntersville, AL  35976
Phone: (256) 582-2009
"That is the truly beautiful and encouraging aspect of freedom; no one struggles for it just for himself" --Fanny Lewald

July is here and it is hottttt!! As I sit to write the "hello" this month, I reflect on the fireworks show I watched this weekend. I always get a little teary-eyed when watching the display and listening to the patriotic music that goes along with many of them. After the fireworks show in Guntersville this year, I searched for other songs and "Riding with Private Malone" played. Oh boy, I just cried. When we really stop to think about the sacrifices the men and women of our dear nation have endured so that we can be free to work, worship, and play the way we do- I cannot help but just be completely filled with gratitude. A sincere Thank you to all our veterans, service men and women past, present and future.

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

Wheat & Feed Grain Checkoff Vote

A producer referendum to renew the one cent per bushel wheat & feed grains checkoff is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10, 2021. The checkoff applies to corn, wheat, grain sorghum, and oats sold in Alabama. The Marshall County vote will take place at the ALFA Office located at 1333 Blount Ave. Guntersville   Read More Here...

Managing for Good Beef Herd Health

A good herd health program is essential for a profitable cattle operation. Healthier, better-performing cattle ensure production of an abundant, safe, wholesome supply of beef products that consumers can purchase and consume with confidence.   Read More Here...

July Edition of Alabama Crops Report

Common Center Pivot Irrigation Problems, Regional Round Ups, Acreage Report, Cotton Price, and Crop Progress, Boron Fertility, Alabama Soybean Yield Contest and Commodity Prices profit profiles   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 14-Succession Planning for the Farm-- Hosts Amanda Scherer and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Robert Tufts, an Alabama Extension professor who specializes in estate planning, legal and tax issues that farmers face.  In this episode, Tufts discusses the importance of succession planning for farmers.  Succession planning helps farmers  determine their vision for their farm’s future, who in the next generation will implement that vision, when the transition will occur, and the documents needed to accomplish that transition.

Episode 15-Crop Updates--In this episode, Sparks, who serves as the agronomic crops regional agent in east central Alabama, brings a crops update from that region. Vanderford, serving as the agronomic crops regional agent in west central Alabama, also brings a crops update from his region. Both agents also discuss Extension programming opportunities for producers in their respective regions.

Episode 17-Crops Acreage Report-- Hosts Katelyn Kesheimer and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Alabama Extension economist Wendiam Sawadago about the June crops acreage report. This June report gives crop producers the best estimate to date on what the planted acreage will be for Alabama’s major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, and peanuts.

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

Dr. John Woodruff, former UGA Extension soybean specialist joins Nick McMichen in his early planted soybeans, which have begun to pod (R3), to dicuss keys to making high soybean yields on episode 8 of Bean Counters
  4-H Clubs Audrey Jones (256) 572-2156
Kristen Roberson (256) 558-2198

Alabama 4-H Foundation Scholarship Recipient

4-H Foundation Scholarship Spotlight: Meet Suzanna “Joy” Traynor from Marshall County. Joy has recently graduated from Brindlee Mountain High School and plans to attend the University of Alabama Huntsville and major in Mechanical Engineering. Joy is an eight year member of 4-H where she has competed in numerous county, regional and state competitions in $15 challenge, Wood Working and 4-H Public Speaking. Joy has also served for six years on the Marshall County 4-H Youth Council. Joy says about her time on 4-H Youth Council, “I learned to direct others in a chaotic environment, show kindness in any situation, and take control of any situation while working with those around me.” Congratulations Joy and best wishes!
  Human Nutrition, Diet & Health and Food Safety & Quality Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241
Shonda Miller (256) 426-8444
Christy Mendoza (205) 217-6495
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  Home Grounds, Gardens & Pests & Commercial Horticulture Brian Brown (256) 558-8129
Marcus Garner (256) 541-0291
Eric Schavey (256) 504-0351
Categories include Best Slicing Tomato, Best Cherry Tomato, Best Heirloom, Best Youth Grown, & Heaviest Tomato.
Tomato sandwiches served for lunch! Limited to first 50 registrations.

Register Here:
Or Call: (256) 582-2009

Welcome New Agent, Dr. Brian Brown

Marshall County has a new face! Dr. Brian Brown has joined the Extension Family as Regional Extension Agent for Home Grounds, Gardens, and Home Pests. His home office is here in the Marshall office, with additional responsibilities in DeKalb, Etowah and Cherokee counties.

Dr. Brown's former positions have included landscape designer and estimator, Manager of field operations & regional program coordinator for AmericanHort, and academic advisor and instructor in Auburn University's Department of Horticulture.

Please help us welcome him! Call him with all your Home Grounds, Gardens and Pests questions! You can reach him at: (256) 558-8129 or by email at

July 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 July Guide

Home Lawn Maintenance

A properly maintained lawn not only provides aesthetic value and curb appeal to your home, but it also provides many benefits to the environment.

A well-maintained lawn will prevent soil erosion, act as a living filter for water and air pollutants, act as an air conditioner during the hot summer, and provide oxygen to the atmosphere.

The quality of a home lawn can vary depending on the level of maintenance that is provided. A good qualith home lawn requires only basic maintenance, such as mowing and fertilizing, and may have several different types of turfgrasses present, as well as some weeds. This level of lawn quality can be obtained with a minimum amount of maintenance, money, time, and effort.

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This Integrated Pest Management Overview field video discusses all three levels of integrated pest management (IPM) in 10 minutes!!
   Natural Resources Norm Haley (256) 630-4248

Whitetail Deer Management Course

Do you want to manage your property for whitetail deer? Join us for this free webinar as Chris Cook, the author of Effective Food Plots for White-Tailed Deer in Alabama teaches us how to create the type of habitat deer need and plant the kinds of protein rich foods they crave.  Read More Here...

Summer Wildlife Management

When deer and turkey seasons end, it is an ideal time to look at wildlife and forestry management techniques that can be completed in the summer months. Land used for hunting is often ignored from April until August, or until hunters begin planting cool season food plots. The summer is an ideal time to enhance a property to benefit wildlife throughout the year. Read More Here...

Backyard to the Back 40

This Quarters News includes:
*Alabama Forest Benefits
*Natural Resources Webinar Series
*E-Waste Disposal Information
*Cogongrass ID
*Water Usage & Conservation
*Bird ID &
*Landowner Checklists 
Read More Here...

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

103 Ways to Save Money

No matter where you are on your financial journey, you can still turn your financial situation around. Sometimes all it takes is that first step in the right direction to get things moving in your favor. The most difficult part is often just getting started.

These 103 money saving suggestions can make a difference for you and your family. Some take just a few minutes, while others require a regular effort. But they are all simple to incorporate in your daily life.

  Read More Here...

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   SNAP-Ed Roberta McClellan (256) 737-9386

How to Waste Less Food at Home

Have you ever thrown away a jar of peanut butter because it was past the “Best if Used By” date? Maybe you noticed the “Sell-By” date on your milk carton was yesterday, and even though it looked and smelled okay, you were still too scared to drink it. Food companies use more than 10 different phrases on food labels to tell us when a food is fresh and safe to eat. But do we really know what they all mean, or do they do more harm than good? Read More Here...

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