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Introduction to Conservation Systems

Soil conservation is an important part of conservation cropping systems. There are many benefits for producers who choose to employ soil conservation practices on-farm.

Learn more about conservation systems in this video featuring inform…

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Planting Date and Variety Selection Effects on Wheat Yield

Planting the right variety at the right time best ensures that wheat flowers at the optimal time, namely when the risk for freeze damage is at its lowest but before the onslaught of heat stress. Soil moisture conditions are another critical…

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Soil Health Stewards: Ricky Wiggins

Alabama Soil Health Stewards: Ricky Wiggins, Wiggins Farm
Ricky Wiggins discusses soil health stewardship. Wiggins operates Wiggins Farm in Andalusia, Alabama in Covington County. The family farm has been operating for more than 45 years.

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Introducing Annuals in Grazed Pastures

Annual cover crops introduce quality forage at opportune times of the year, help to create more diverse farm habitats, and provide opportunities to rejuvenate pastureland. Overseeding summer perennial pastures with winter annuals can provid…

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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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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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Soil Health Stewards: Annie Dee

Alabama Soil Health Stewards: Annie Dee
Annie Dee discusses soil health stewardship. Dee runs Dee River Ranch with brother, Mike Dee, in Aliceville, Alabama in Pickens County. The family farm has been operating for more than 25 years.

D…

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Bullock County

Homes are found throughout rural Bullock County on  a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. North of Union Springs are alkaline and acidic, clayey soils of the Alabama Black Belt prairie region (17.2%). Most of the count…

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