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Research Highlights - Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station
February
2016
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High yield crop initiative
AAES seeks to replicate efforts of top producers

Researchers at the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station intend to push crop yields to the limit with a new initiative that aims to copy some of the record-breaking efforts of the nation’s top row-crop farmers.
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Weaver honored
Auburn University plant breeder David Weaver was presented the U.S. cotton industry’s 2015 Cotton Genetics Research Award Jan. 7, at the 2016 Beltwide Cotton Improvement Conference in New Orleans.
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Variety trials
As farmers were busy planning this  year’s crop, Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals and Auburn University College of Agriculture faculty were working ahead to determine the best varieties to plant in 2016.
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Across state lines
Auburn University’s College of Agriculture is working across state lines with other land-grant institutions to help increase fruit tree production in the U.S.
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AT THE STATION
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:
E.V. Smith Research Center-Field Crops Unit
Cover crops and residual herbicides are being evaluated to determine their effectiveness in controlling Palmer amaranth pigweed in row crops. Palmer amaranth has spread rapidly throughout the Southeast and now covers most Alabama counties. This weed pest decreases crop yields by shading with its larger canopy and robbing crops of nutrients with its massive root systems. It has been known to grower at a rate of 5 centimeters per day, outperforming row crops planted in the same field. It also interferes with harvest, hindering the operation of cotton pickers and combines. Research is focusing on the timing of herbicide applications – before the weed outgrows the row crop – and using irrigation to activate new residual herbicides at the most critical times. Crop rotation also is proving to be useful because it allows for the use of different chemistries, thereby reducing the risk of herbicide resistance.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Statewide peanut production meetings
February 18 - February 26
The 2016 peanut production meetings have been scheduled in various locations within the peanut farming region of Alabama. Several topics will be discussed at the meetings including the 2016 market outlook, peanut varieties, diseases, insect control and other topics. The meetings are being coordinated by the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Alabama Cooperative Extension Center and the Auburn University College of Agriculture.
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Central Alabama Peanut Production Meeting
February 18 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Central Alabama Peanut Production Meeting will be held Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Building at 201 S. Bainbridge St. in Montgomery. Topics and speakers include: 2016 Market Outlook, Marshall Lamb, research leader, National Peanut Research Lab; Variety Selection, Kris Balkcom, research associate, Auburn University; Insect Control, Ayanava Majumdar, Extension specialist, Auburn University; Disease Update, Austin Hagan, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University; and Weed Management, Steve Li, Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences, Auburn University.
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Peanut Grower Meeting
February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Hosted by the Wiregrass Research and Extension
  • Dinner provided
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Cotton Pickin’ Round Table
February 23 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Cotton Pickin’ Round Table will be held at the E.V. Smith Research Center, 4725 County Road 40, in Shorter on Feb. 23, at p.m. Topics and presenters include: The Importance of Soil-Applied Herbicides in Weed Control and Auxin Technology Update, Joyce Ducar, assistant professor—Crop, Soil and Environmental Science, 4:30 p.m.; Cotton Insects and Using Residue to Help Control Thrips, Ron Smith, Extension Entomologist, 5 p.m.; dinner 5:45 p.m.; Cotton Variety Trial Data, Christy Hicks—Regional Extension Agent, 6 p.m.; Target Spot and Stemphylium Management in Cotton, Austin Hagan, professor—Entomology and Plant Pathology, 6:30 p.m.
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YOUR WORK
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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 researchhighlights@auburn.edu.
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