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Plastic Mulch for Vegetable Production

The use of plastic polyethylene mulch has become increasingly common in vegetable production in Alabama in the past few decades. Plastic mulch growing practices are used on a wide range of fruit and vegetable crops in Alabama, including str…

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A Ready Partner

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the primary outreach and engagement organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University in cooperation with Tuskegee University. Our unique combination of …

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Grafting Methods

Several different methods are commonly used for grafting plants. These include cleft grafting, inlay grafting, four-flap grafting, and whip grafting.
What Method Should I Use?
It depends on the time of year and the size of the grafting ma…

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Greenhouse Vegetables and Ethylene Damage

With the colder temperatures across Alabama, many growers are turning on their heaters for the first time. In about 2 to 3 weeks, we will start getting calls about suspicious damage appearing on their vegetable crops.  Over the past 20 plu…

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Farming in the New Year

As we get started in a new year, resolutions abound and we set our sights on making improvements over the previous year. In conjunction, the mission statement of Alabama Extension is to ‘enable people to improve their quality of life and ec…

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Pecan Grafting

The primary reason that pecan grafts fail is poor collection and storage of scion wood. It is important to collect scion wood or the cultivars you wish to graft during the dormant season. This is usually late January to early February.

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Assistance for Federal Employees

NORMAL, Ala.—The United States Congress and the President reached a temporary deal to reopen federal offices. What happens when a shutdown occurs? The recent government shutdown impacted more than 53,000 workers and countless families in …

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Simple Illness Prevention: Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Following some basic sanitation procedures can help you avoid the flu and help stop the spread of flu and other diseases. It is just that simple.

“Washing your hands helps avoid getting sick from a variety of …

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Forage and Feed Analysis

The Auburn University Soil, Forage and Water Testing Laboratory conducts analysis for producers’ forage and feed samples.  Samples are routinely analyzed for percent moisture, crude protein, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, n…

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Submitting Samples for Soil Testing

Producers rely on soil testing laboratories to provide nutrient recommendations for crops. Producers can submit samples to the Auburn University Soil, Forage and Water Testing Laboratory for analysis.  Both routine analysis, as well as mor…

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