May 11, 2017
Alabama Soybean Producers will award $10,000 to a farmer growing 100 or more bushels of soybeans per acre for the 100-Bushel Yield Challenge. Contestants may select the best 2.5 continuous acres in a field larger than 10 acres. Learn more at tinyurl.com/SoybeanChallenge17.
-Carla Hornady, division director
The Southern Peanut Growers Conference is July 20-22 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida. Visit southernpeanutfarmers.org by June 30 for discounted registration.
-Caleb Bristow, division director
Hay & Forage
True armyworms have been detected in central and north Alabama. Farmers should scout pastures and hayfields to combat this destructive pest. The economic threshold for armyworms in grasses and wheat is around four 1/2- to 3/4-inch armyworms per square foot. The caterpillar is about 1.5 inches long when fully grown. When caterpillars are 1.25 inches or larger, most damage is done. Visit tinyurl.com/scoutarmyworms for forage grasses scouting and control methods, which are the same as those used for fall armyworms.
-Nate Jaeger, division director
Pork use has increased faster than any other protein in foodservice since 2011, according to Technomic, Inc.’s 2017 Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice. Consumption of pork grew on a pound basis by more than double that of chicken, the next most popular protein. Pork use increased by 1.145 billion pounds, while chicken use grew by 515 million pounds.
-Guy Hall, division director
Strawberry growers or those planning to grow a crop next spring should attend “All Things Soil” June 8 at 6 p.m. in Morgan County. Alabama Extension’s Edgar Vinson and Virginia Tech Extension’s Allen Straw will speak. Visit tinyurl.com/StrawberryMeeting17 for more information.
-Mac Higginbotham, division director
First quarter Southern timber prices decreased from 2016, with most pulpwood and pine log products falling over 5 percent. The U.S. economy’s second quarter growth should increase pulpwood and sawtimber demand. The Canadian lumber tariff may aide growth, but surplus logs may stagnate prices.
-William Green, interim division director