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Slug Management in Vegetables

Frequent rainfall and excessive soil moisture in the fall and early spring can bring some unusual problems for vegetable gardeners and farmers – slugs are one of them (pictures show slugs infesting cabbages in Central Alabama). Slug build…

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About Soils

Soils provide plants with mechanical support, water, and dissolved minerals and nutrients. Because most plant roots are found in the topsoil, or A horizon, this layer has the greatest effect on plant growth. A typical soil in good condition…

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How to Grow Your Oyster Garden

Welcome to a new oyster gardening season. New volunteers, we are happy to have you join us; seasoned volunteers, it is great to have you back. This fact sheet will tell you everything you need to know to get started with your oyster garden….

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Understanding NOP Standards for Pest Management in Specialty Crops

This publication provides basic information about the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards as they apply to integrated pest management on organic crops. NOP standards reflect specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-ac…

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Adapting Wheat Production to Climate in Alabama

The production of soft red winter wheat is mainly concentrated in the northern Alabama (the Northern Valley and the northeastern region of the Appalachian Mountains in Alabama) followed by the southern part (the Coastal Plain and Gulf Coast…

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Have a Blast at 4-H Summer Camp

AUBURN, Ala.— The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Alabama 4-H host 4-H Summer Camp at the Alabama 4-H Center each year. The Alabama 4-H Center is located on Lay Lake near Columbiana, Alabama in Shelby County. The center accommoda…

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How to Start A 4-H Club in Your Area

AUBURN, Ala. – 4-H is a learn by doing youth development program. Alabama 4-H is the youth development and education program of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
What is 4-H?
The 4-H motto is, “To Make the Best Better”, whic…

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4-H Program Creates Positive Social Media Atmosphere for Kids

AUBURN, Ala. — Social media has become a prominent subject in recent years, especially the influence it has on adolescents. This group of adolescents is not only developmentally vulnerable, but today’s youth make up the largest user b…

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Worms on Tomatoes

Scouting and monitoring your garden for pests at least two to three times per week can greatly reduce the damage that is acquired from insects. It is also very helpful to use a 10X hand lens to help identify small insects and insect eggs. K…

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Snails and Slugs in Peanuts

There have been many producer complaints about snail and slug issues in row crops. Snails (with a hard shell, see picture) and slugs (without a shell) can cause direct crop damage and contamination in severe cases. Snails produce an acidic …

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