Wet Summer, Pests Create Problems For Southern Hay

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Video Interview by Forrest Laws, Director of Content

Southeastern Hay Contest entries were down by about 30% this year, a drop that Jennifer Johnson attributes to the wet summer hampering Southern hay growers. But the quality of samples was relatively high, says the Auburn University Extension forage specialist.

Wet weather wasn't the only challenge growers battled this year. Leaf rust and leaf spot diseases have popped up, and a relatively new pest, the bermudagrass stem maggot, has spread throughout the region. Once forage is removed, growers should use pyrethroid treatments to try and control the insect, Johnson says. (See "Georgia Deals With Armyworm, Stem Maggot.")

More issues of interest to Southern growers will be discussed at the Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference, scheduled for Dec. 12 in Guntersville, AL.

The conference will focus on drought management, weed control and utilizing legumes to maximize forage availability in pastures. See our story, "Alabama Forage Conference Set For Dec. 12," or visit the Alabama Cooperative Extension website.

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