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Commercial Horticulture Programs and People

The Commercial Horticulture Program provides research-based information to nurseries, landscape companies, and fruit and vegetable growers with conventional or organic production systems through regional meetings, advanced workshops, we…

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A Guide to Grazing Cover Crops in Cropland

Cover crops are an important part of conservation agricultural systems in the southeastern United States. If managed properly, grazing of cover crops can add economic value to farm operations while improving soil health. Studies have shown …

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Critical Steps to Improve Soil Health in Pastureland

Practices such as prevention of overgrazing and increasing forage species diversity can help livestock producers increase soil health in pastureland. Overgrazing of forages reduces ground cover, increasing risk of soil erosion and nutrient …

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Operation Grow for Military Veterans

The Alabama Beginning Farms Project provides special emphasis to the training needs of military veterans interested in specialty crop production. Originally developed by Chris Becker (County Extension Coordinator, Limestone County), the O…

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Marengo County

Homes are found throughout rural Marengo County and urban development in the Demopolis area occurs on a diversity of soils. Soils in Marengo County  include sandy and loamy upland soils of the Coastal Plain (43%), alluvial terraces and flo…

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Macon County

Homes are found throughout rural Macon County on a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. Most soils of Macon County are associated with sandy and loamy upland soils of the Coastal Plain (65%).

In the southern part of t…

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Alabama Extension Partners With Alabama State Parks

AUBURN, Ala. –Alabama Extension and the Alabama State Parks are partnering to educate the public about venomous snakes in Alabama. The state parks will distribute a card that identifies venomous snakes found in Alabama to visitors at the…

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Soil Health Stewards: Mitch Lazenby

Soil Health Stewards: Mitch Lazenby, Lazenby Farms
Mitch Lazenby, of Lazenby Farms, discusses soil health stewardship. Lazenby has been farming in Lee County for more than 25 years. He began intensively managing crop land through conservat…

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Soil Health Stewards: Myron Johnson

Soil Health Stewards: Myron Johnson, Double J Farms, Inc.
Myron Johnson discusses soil health stewardship. Johnson operates Double J Farms, Inc. in Headland, Alabama in Henry County. Johnson said water infiltration is an extremely importan…

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Watch: Properties of a Healthy Soil

Many soils in Alabama have low levels of soil organic matter due to the warm climate, coarse-textured soils and intensive farming practices historically used in the state. Rebuilding soil health is important! Soil is a natural resource we m…

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