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Home Soil Testing: Taking a Sample

Every square foot of soil can be different. Soil acidity and nutrients vary across the surface of the soil and with the depth of the soil.

Collecting Soil Samples

It is important that you take a composite sample …

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Beware of Building and Recovery Scams After Storms

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Minutes stretch to hours as storm victims and volunteers work through the rubble and the mess to recover family heirlooms, items of clothing and other belongings. In these same hours, scam artists are devising reco…

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Home Soil Testing: Using The Soil Test Report

The Auburn University Soil Testing Laboratory report includes: your intended crop(s), the soil group your sample belongs to, soil pH, results/extractable nutrients, nutrient rating, lime and fertilizer recommendations, as well as c…

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Field Guide to The Identification of Japanese Stiltgrass

Introduction
Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), also called Nepalese browntop, is an aggressive invader of forest lands throughout the eastern United States. Infestations can impact the diversity of native species, reduce w…

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Early Developing Peach Varieties Take A Hit

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Early-developing varieties of peaches took a hit from recent freezing temperatures. Some parts of Alabama reached temperatures as low as 21 degrees F between March 4 – 7. Depending on the area and conditions, e…

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College Savings: A Parent’s Guide to 529 Plans

Why should I save for my child’s college education? Many parents are wondering how to help their children offset the cost of college or trade school. By saving for your child’s education, you start to achieve the goal of reducin…

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Stop Cogongrass Hitchhikers

Cogongrass is an aggressive weed that is rapidly spreading across Alabama and the Southeast. Learn important steps you can take to slow the spread of this environmental invader.

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is a noxious…

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Forest Diseases in the Southeastern United States

On an annual basis diseases “take” more timber in the United States than companies harvest.
Disease is a disorder or abnormal growth that destroys the usefulness of the product.
Disease can be either Abiotic – nonliving disorders …

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Cattlemen Get a New Income Tax Deduction

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a new income tax deduction for producers, Section 199A Qualified Business Income (QBI) Deduction, sometimes referred to as the “pass-through deduction.” The deduction is generally 20 percent of qualifie…

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Weather Causes Favorable Environment for Late Blight

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Late blight is a quick reproducing fungal disease primarily affecting tomatoes and potatoes. Many know this disease as the cause of the Irish potato famine in the 1840s. Late blight or Phytophthora infestans, is …

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For the Caregiver of a Breastfed Baby

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, continuing for at least one year with the addition of solid foods. Caregivers play a vital role in helping mothers …

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Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners Announced

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Among 3,013 Alabama fifth-grade students who participated in this year’s Arbor Day Poster Contest, three contest winners were recently selected to attend the Governor’s Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony at the…

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Give the Master Gardener Helpline a Ring

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Does your spring garden have you stumped? Did a freeze burn your bulbs? Is there a deformed leaf on your azaleas? The Alabama Master Gardeners (MGs) are standing by, ready to answer questions on the Master Gardene…

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Crop and Pastureland Recovery After a Flood

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—North Alabama farmers are managing fields in different ways this spring. Excessive rainfall and subsequent floods are creating additional hurdles for spring field preparation and pasture quality.

Dr. Audrey Gamb…

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Enterprise Budgets for Forages

Forage enterprise budgets are updated annually by Extension personnel to reflect recommended management practices for production on a per acre basis.  Projected costs are gathered from multiple industry sources and higher than average mana…

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