Marshall County Extension e-News

August 2021

424 Blount Ave. Ste. G21
Guntersville, AL  35976
Phone: (256) 582-2009
"This morning, the sun endures past dawn. I realize that it is August: the summer's last stand" --Sara Baume

Happy August, friends! As we are all preparing to send our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and loved ones back to school- we are once again finding ourselves facing COVID mask-recommendations and the worry of what another school year fighting this pandemic is going to look like. I encourage everyone to keep their heads held high as we all face it together. We will get through it!
I pray each and everyone one of you have a wonderful school year, in what ever capacity that looks like for you and your family.

Don't forget to register those kiddos ages 9-18 for 4-H! The new 4-H Club year has officially begun.
Also, check out the Fall Armyworm information provided here- we are facing one of the worst outbreaks in history here in North Alabama.

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

Managing Fall Armyworms in 2021

Alabama is experiencing a high number of migrating fall armyworm moths. Additionally, the state has experienced numerous rainfall events to put the yearly total above average. This frequency of rain creates a favorable environment for fall armyworm eggs and larvae to survive in large numbers. It also creates lush, green fields that attract armyworms. In some cases, producers are unable to access fields for control because of excess water. Read More Here...

AU ACES On-Farm Wheat Variety Trial Results

Wheat Variety trial results from 5 farm locations in North Alabama including Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone and Madison Counties.   Read More Here...

Latest Edition of Alabama Crops Report

Maintaining Water application uniformity in Irrigation Systems, Central Alabama Crops Tour, Commercial Applicator Workshop, Regional Round Ups, Soybean disease update, Rain, Rain Go away, Cotton & Peanut Disease Update and more...   Read More Here...

Alabama Crops Podcast

Episode 18-Early Planted Soybeans-- Hosts Scott Graham and Adam Rabinowitz talk about early planted soybeans with Eddie McGriff, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System agronomic crops regional agent. McGriff goes into detail about the potential benefits of growing an ultra early/early soybean variety. He also details some of the problems that growing early soybean varieties could have.

Episode 19-July Crop Update-- Hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer are joined by Amanda Scherer to offer a July crop update. The three talk about how crops across the state are looking as well as discussing the disease and insect pressures on various crops.

Episode 20-Fall Armyworms-- On this episode, hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer, both Alabama Extension entomologists, share their expertise on the current situation with fall armyworms in the state. They offer control recommendations for row crops as well as pasture and hay forages, commercial turf, and home lawns.

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

Alabama Extension entomologist Dr. Scott Graham and I discuss the widespread infestation of fall armyworms across the South and their threat to soybeans, especially late-planted soybeans on On The Farm in Alabama.
  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
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  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 Dr. Brian Brown (256) 558-8129
Marcus Garner (256) 541-0291
Eric Schavey (256) 504-0351

August 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 August Guide

Home Gardening: Rabbiteye Blueberries

Learn the guidelines for site selection, soil preparation, and planting of rabbiteye blueberries, along with watering, fertilizing, pruning, harvesting, and storage. Included is a table of the most popular varieties, according to fruiting season, plus recommendations for necessary cross-pollination of this beautiful and bountiful plant.

Read More Here...
Welcome to the Alabama Virtual Farm Tours - Season 2, Tour 8. Today we will be visiting Mayim Farm in Opp, AL, where Gregg and Carole Lolley graciously show us around their diverse home farm. If you have questions about the farm, visit their Facebook page at or website at . Thank you to the Lolley family for their great insight.
   Natural Resources Norm Haley (256) 630-4248

ForestHER Podcast Series

Alabama has an estimated 23 million acres of timberland. This is land that is growing or has the potential to grow trees that can be marketed, sold and made into lumber or other wood-based products. Eighty-seven percent of timberland acres in Alabama are privately owned by non-industrial private landowners, many of whom are considered “Family forest landowners”. These may be individuals, couples, families, estates or trusts who are responsible for forestland decision-making on their property. For some, managing a family forest can be an overwhelming task especially if they feel like they lack the knowledge and training to make informed choices. It can make a family forest landowner want to give up and do nothing– which exactly what they should NOT do! In this episode we visit with a landowner who shares her experiences as she navigates the ins and outs of managing a small woodlot with her family. .  LISTEN HERE...

Weed Management in Lakes & Ponds

Lakes and ponds can develop dense stands of aquatic vegetation that interfere with intended uses and destroy the natural beauty of the water. Most aquatic weed problems result from poor planning and poor management. Manipulating factors such as water, light, and nutrients can help prevent weed growth.

If weed problems develop, you must take measures to reduce the plant population to manageable levels. Read More Here...

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

College Savings: A Parents Guide to 529 Plans

Why should I save for my child’s college education? Many parents are wondering how to help their children offset the cost of college or trade school. By saving for your child’s education, you start to achieve the goal of reducing future educational debt and boosting tax benefits.

There are two types of 529 plans, the college savings plan and the prepaid tuition plan. These plans, offered by most states, can fund education and offer tax benefits. A 529 plan can be used to cover expenses at more than 6,000 United States programs that offer education beyond high school. Qualifying expenses include tuition, room and board, technology items (computer, printer, Internet service), and required books and lab supplies.

Tune in at 11:30 am each First Monday of the month at
   SNAP-Ed-Live Well Alabama Roberta McClellan (256) 737-9386

Body Quest helps Prevent Childhood Obesity

The Body Quest Warriors, a group of animated characters, are leading the fight to prevent childhood obesity. Body Quest is an innovative childhood obesity prevention initiative that empowers third graders and also their parents to make healthier choices.

Read More Here...

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