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The best test for potting mixes

A.U. Soil Testing Laboratory is encountering more and more gardeners (yes, some … Master... more

Blossom-End Rot in Tomatoes and Other Vegetables—Causes and Prevention

Tomato growers must take care to avoid … blossom-end rot (BER), a disorder that... more

Register now for the Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Tradeshow

​The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association invites you to an exciting 2-day event. The AFVG Conference and Tradeshow will... more

Don't miss this final 2013 Webinar - Online Mapping and Spatial Resources for the Private Forest Landowner

​Thursday, November 21, 2013 11:00 am Central … Mr. John Gilbert,  Research Associate, Longleaf... more

Hypoxylon Canker of Oak: A common problem for Alabama Landowners and Homeowners by Dr. Scott Enebak

​Water and Red Oaks have been hit particularly hard over the past 3-4 years from Hypoxylon atropunctatum, or Hypoxylon Canker... more

What’s wrong with my oak tree? by Dr. Scott Enebak

​In the past few months we have had many concerned landowners contacting us about their oak trees.  These trees seemed healthy,... more

Safe and Delicious Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is a fabulous summertime treat, but beware that some ice cream recipes contain a potentially deadly... more

September is Preparedness Month – Are You Ready?

Preparedness is a year-round process. However, September is when there is a media focus on building awareness of preparing for... more

Some Thoughts on the West, Texas, Fertilizer Plant Disaster

When I first heard the news about the West, Texas, fertilizer facility explosion, I was shocked like everyone else that... more

Spring Fling & Outdoor Expo

Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will host the first annual Spring Fling and Outdoor Expo April 5... more


Elements of Surprise: Don't Get Caught Off Guard by E-Waste Contaminants

old computer monitors When you replace your electronic devices have you ever wondered what happens to unused or discarded items? Essentially, they exist as electronic waste (e-waste). By definition, e-waste is electronic products used for data processing, telecommunications, or entertainment in households and businesses that are outdated, broken, or cannot be fixed. Materials used in these products are often toxic because they are made with harmful chemicals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, and hexavalent chromium. If misused or mishandled, these chemicals can create serious health hazards. Learning about these hazardous substances and how they contaminate our environment and food and water supplies will help prepare you to recycle or to properly dispose of these products.   more...