August 18, 2017
Soybean rust was found mid-month on soybeans in Autauga, Elmore and Marion counties. Kudzu in Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Walker and Winston counties also displayed rust. Fungicide applications may be necessary, as soybeans need protection until pods are full grown. Learn more at tinyurl.com/FungicideUse and tinyurl.com/SoybeanRust.
-Carla Hornady, division director
USDA’s mid-year cattle inventory report revealed herd expansion is likely to continue for the next couple years. Total inventory is 103 million head, up 4 percent from July 2015. Beef cow inventory, at 32.5 million head, was up 7 percent from two years ago. Previously, peak beef cow inventory was in 1995 at about 36 million head.
-Nate Jaeger, division director
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in produce safety are encouraged to attend Produce Safety Alliance training in Clanton Sept. 28. The Produce Safety Rule is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was passed into law in 2011. Learn more at tinyurl.com/ProduceSafety.
-Mac Higginbotham, division director
After last year’s severe drought, landowners across the state are reporting a high number of bark beetle-related tree deaths. Landowners noticing dead or dying trees should contact the Alabama Forestry Commission for assistance. The problem can be mitigated, but only if caught early.
-William Green, division director
An electrical fire was discovered at a Wayne Farms processing plant near Jack the morning of Aug. 4. Four hundred employees were temporarily evacuated, but no one was harmed. The fire was out by 11 a.m. State fire and local public safety personnel are further investigating the fire. Wayne Farms, the country’s sixth-largest vertically integrated poultry producer, employs about 1,200 Alabamians.
-Guy Hall, division director
At the June USA Peanut Congress, attendees were introduced to a toolkit to help tell the peanut’s sustainability story. Through SustainablePeanut.com, growers, manufacturers, shellers and allies can find videos, photos, infographics, digital materials and web copy.
-Caleb Bristow, division director