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Keys to Producing and Selecting Quality Vegetable Transplants

There are a number of considerations to be made when preparing to grow vegetable transplants for your home garden, including  sowing  the  seeds or selecting the plants, preparing the growing  media, and selecting the type of container …

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Acid Rain: An Overview

What Is Acid Rain?
Acid rain, or acid precipitation, refers to any precipitation that is more acidic (i.e., has a lower pH value) than that of normal rainwater. Carbon dioxide (CO22) in the atmosphere makes all rain slightly acidic because…

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Preparing to Evacuate a Farm

Farms in flood-prone areas, or areas in which flooding has been anticipated, should have an emergency plan for evacuation. A farmstead disaster plan must consider the safety of family members and farm workers, livestock, and emergency respo…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Managing for Good Herd Health

A good herd health program is essential for a profitable cattle operation. Healthier, better-performing cattle ensure production of an abundant, safe, wholesome supply of beef products that consumers can purchase and consume with co…

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Protect Your Trees

Failing trees cause the most damage and inconvenience both during and after a storm event. Trees fail in storms because they endure stresses that exceed their ability to withstand. The weight of a falling branch, trunk, or whole tree is mas…

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Power Outages

Follow these guidelines to be prepared for power outages.

Know where your flashlight and batteries are—and be able to easily access them. Consider purchasing battery-operated lanterns for additional light sources.
Decide which ro…

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Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas, with their pink or blue cloud-shaped flowers and large, soft-green leaves, compose images of lazy summers in the shade. However, this describes only one plant, the bigleaf hydrangea, in a large and varied group. All hydr…

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Chemical Emergencies

You may be exposed to a chemical in three ways:

Breathing the chemical
Swallowing contaminated food, water, or medication
Touching the chemical, or coming into contact with clothing or things that have touched the chemical
Rem…

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Controlling Fall Armyworms on Lawns and Turf

Armyworms are most notably seen “marching” in large numbers across lawns. They often feed openly and conspicuously, sometimes during the day, making themselves relatively easy to spot. Most armyworms are large caterpillars with long str…

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Edamame in the Home Garden

Edamames, Glycine max (L.), are vegetable soybeans consumed at the green stage. In 2013, it was estimated that the United States consumed between 25,000 and 30,000 tons of edamame. Demand is expected to increase as consumers look …

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High Tunnel Vegetable Construction

High tunnels are unheated, plastic-covered, solar greenhouses. Ventilation is passive through roll-up or roll-down side walls or curtains. Crops are grown in native soil under the high tunnel, which protects them from environmental extremes…

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Cogongrass Management FAQ

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is one of the greatest invasive plant threats in Alabama and in the southeastern United States. Although it has been here for more than a century, the problem has dramatically increased in the last 20 years….

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Controlling Mistletoe in Trees

Mistletoe is not usually thought of until it’s a holiday decoration. This odd plant has a long tradition of romantic, fertility, magical, and even diplomatic uses. For example, standing beneath mistletoe on a field of battle allowed C…

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How to Submit a Pond Weed Sample

If digital photographs of a pond weed sample are not adequate and physical samples have been requested, follow these steps to ensure that they arrive in good condition for identification.

1. Soak a paper towel with pond or tap water.

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