Prattville Agricultural Research Unit

Since 1928, the Prattville Agricultural Research Unit has specialized in small-plot research on traditional row crops, primarily cotton.

Current Research Updates

  • Insect control studies are focusing on controlling insecticide-resistant thrips in cotton. Researchers also are monitoring the impact of a new pest, the brown marmorated stink bug, on cotton production.
  • Kudzu bugs have become a major pest in soybeans, and researchers are looking at the extent of the damage they’re causing, at what stage controls should be initiated and how planting date affects this insect.
  • Cultural practices such as planting date and planting populations are being evaluated to determine their effect on aflatoxin contamination in field corn. Drought, extreme heat and corn ear injury from insect feeding stress corn and create an environment favorable to aflatoxin production.