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July 2014 Commodity Corner

July 17, 2014

Horticulture; Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod
Boxwood Blight was recently identified in two residential landscapes in the metro-Atlanta area. There is no cure for this disease. Farmers or landscapers who notice damaged boxwoods should submit a sample of the plant to Dr. Kassie Conner at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. For more information, visit aces.edu/dept/plantdiagnosticlab.
-Mac Higginbotham, divisions director

Meat Goat & Sheep
The “Lamb By The River” event during the W.C. Handy Music Festival in Florence is July 24 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Chef Kevin Kilburn will cook, and local recording artist Rachel Wammack will perform. Seating is limited, and tickets are $10. To reserve tickets, email handyfest@bellsouth.net or call (256) 766-9719.
-Nate Jaeger, division director

Pork; Poultry
Nationally, feed prices are lower than two years ago thanks to a large corn crop in 2013 and this year’s anticipated good corn harvest. All major sources of protein, including chicken and pork, are selling at higher prices in recent months, according to a report in Mississippi Business Journal.
-Guy Hall, divisions director

Wheat & Feed Grains; Soybeans; Cotton
The latest USDA Alabama Crop Progress and Condition report shows 96 percent of soybean fields are planted, and the wheat harvest is essentially complete. There is no drought in the state, but the extreme northwest and southeast portions of Alabama are abnormally dry.
-Carla Hornady, divisions director

Forestry
The “Prescribed Burning of Private Lands” workshop is July 24 in the Alfa Environmental Hall at the University of West Alabama from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Registration is $10 and includes lunch.
The Alabama Prescribed Fire Council’s annual meeting is Aug. 28 at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana. Lunch is included in the $40 registration fee. Both events offer continuing education credits.
-Rick Oates, division director

Peanuts
Peanut farmers in Alabama unanimously approved the continuation of a statewide peanut checkoff program with a June 17 vote. State law requires producers vote on the program every three years. Funds are collected at harvest and used for education, promotion and research.
-Jim Cravey, interim division director


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