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High yields and efficiency
AAES crop research considers economics

While crops research being conducted by the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) is attempting to attain high yields with maximum inputs, economics also are being considered, with an eye towards insuring cost efficiency for farmers.

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Patterson named dean
Auburn University alumnus Paul Patterson has been named dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.
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New soil testing options
Alabama farmers now have new options available when it comes to sampling their soils, including a Soil Quality Index (SQI) and technology that allows for grid sampling.
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Managing farm data 
Auburn University has joined a new initiative dedicated to the mission of helping farmers better control, manage and maximize the value of the data they collect every day in the fields.
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The Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station has 15 outlying research units located throughout the state, each representing a different soil type and climate region. Here’s a sample of the work being conducted:
Chilton Research and Extension Center
A limiting factor in growing golden kiwifruit is proper pollination. Since male kiwifruit flowers have no nectar, honeybees are useful for only a short period before moving on to another species. Artificial pollination is available but adds another expense to the production of the crop. Proper male selection is critical to match flowering with the female plants. Studies are being conducted to identify the optimum time for pollination to occur to allow better cultural practices to be developed.
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Auxin herbicide application workshops
March 29 - April 4
Workshops to help producers with applying the new auxin herbicides will be held throughout Alabama beginning on March 29. Workshops, locations and times are as follows: March 29, 5 p.m., E.V. Smith REC (Shorter); March 30, 10 a.m., Sand Mountain REC (Crossville); March 31, 5:30 p.m., Wiregrass REC (Headland); and April 4, 10 a.m., Grace Fellowship (Atmore). These workshops are designed for anyone who is interested in Xtend and Enlist trait herbicides. Topics to be covered in this workshop: Xtend and Enlist Update; Drift and Off-Target Injury Management: Sprayer Cleaning and Hose Retention: Crop Sensitivity to 2,4-D and Dicamba Spray technology; Balancing Drift Reduction and Coverage; Industry Updates; and New Varieties in 2016. To RSVP, call Deborah Buchanan at 334-844-5482 or Steve Li at 334-707-7370, Door prizes will be given at each location (a set of 54 Teejet tips, caps and gaskets).
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April webinar covers weeds, insects, crop stands
April 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Agronomic Crops Team from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is pleased to announce a series of monthly webinars for 2016.  The webinars can be viewed live at 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. They are also being recorded so you can view each segment at your convenience. The April 12 webinar will include the following topics and presenters: Weed Control in Peanuts, Steve Li; Auxin Herbicide-Resistant Crop Update, Joyce Ducar; Management of Off-Target Injury, Steve Li; Do I Have Adequate Stands: Cotton—William Birdsong, Peanuts—TBA, Soybeans—Dennis Delaney; Corn Insects—Kathy Flanders; and Cotton/Soybean/Peanut Early Season Thrips/Insect Control—TBA. To interactively connect to the live webinar from your desktop, tablet or mobile device, go to To watch the webinar non-interactively, go to The webinar will be recorded for viewing later.
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Beef Forage Field Day
April 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
A Beef Forage Field Day will be hosted by the Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center in Belle Mina on April 26 from. 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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Cotton Scout School
June 14 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center in Belle Mina will be hosting a Cotton Scout School on June 14 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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"Research Highlights" is a monthly eNewsletter focusing on the work of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES), encompassing almost 200 researchers in five colleges and schools and six interdisciplinary research centers and institutes on the Auburn campus and 15 outlying research units located throughout the state. If you’re involved in AAES research, we’d like to know about it. Please contact us at
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