December 15, 2017
The Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show is Feb. 8 in Dothan. More than 80 exhibitors will be present, and Marshall Lamb of the National Peanut Research Lab will speak to growers about the crop outlook and market status. Learn more at alpeanuts.com.
-Caleb Bristow, division director
Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod
Boxwood blight has been detected at a North Carolina nursery that sold cuttings to an Alabama farm selling wreaths and garland. Alabama’s Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI) encourages nurseries, florists and homeowners to dispose of boxwood holiday decorations in household garbage. Avoid using clippings for garden mulch. Contact ADAI’s Christel Harden at (334) 240-7225 to learn more.
-Mac Higginbotham, division director
The White Oak Initiative, a new focus on hardwood management, has started in the Southeast. With fire exclusion used to manage hardwood forests, the white oak is declining. This initiative is an effort to unite academia, state and federal agencies, landowners and industry leaders to reverse this key species’ decline.
-William Green, division director
Observations and reports from fall production sales reflect an optimistic outlook among Alabama beef farmers. Disciplined fed cattle marketings for most of 2017 kept live cattle inventories manageable. Farmers should anticipate more typical seasonal feeder calf prices in 2018. Planning to wean and precondition calves now will help manage risk from a likely larger supply of feeders in 2018.
-Nate Jaeger, division director
Wheat & Feed Grains, Cotton and Soybean
Alabama Extension will hold Alabama Ag Outlook meetings across the state in January. Updates on Alabama’s current agricultural situation in the state, as well as 2018 expectations, will be provided. Learn more at tinyurl.com/AgOutlook18.
-Carla Hornady, divisions director
Alabama joined 11 other states filing suit against California’s unconstitutional egg law Dec. 4. The law prohibits California farmers from selling eggs in the state unless each hen has 116+ square inches of floor space. Non-California farmers shipping eggs are required to follow the law, as well. States claim the law costs consumers $351 million per year.
-Guy Hall, division director