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Two-Spotted Spider Mite

Two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) is a polyphagous mite that feeds on many crops. Due to its quick life cycle and ability to survive extreme conditions, it is one of the main pests found on most crops and ornamental plants.

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How Should We Think About PGRs?

Initially introduced to the market in the 1970s, plant growth regulators (PGRs) have proven a practical cotton plant canopy and size management tool for producers.

Alabama Cooperative Extension System Cotton Specialist, Dr. Steve Brown, …

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Sugarcane Aphids Showing up in Alabama This Year

Sugarcane aphids, Melanaphis sacchari, have been found this week (May 2019) on Johnsongrass in Montgomery County, Alabama. Johnsongrass was surveyed at multiple sites between Dothan and Auburn and only one site contained small populations o…

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Summer: Prime Time for Ticks

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Trips through the creek, treks up a mountainside and excursions in the woods are fun summer pastimes. Spending time outdoors is part of the fun of summertime. However, outdoor pests, such as ticks, can put a damper…

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Protect Yourself from Salmonella in Backyard Poultry

On May 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a Salmonella outbreak associated with backyard poultry.

So far, 52 cases have been reported across 21 states including Alabama. Of these 52 cases, 15 were in children yo…

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Wise Methods of Canning Vegetables

Aren’t you proud when you look in your pantry and see all those jars of pretty canned food? Or has your canned food begun to turn dark, leaking liquid from under the lid, or is it cloudy looking? Learn the latest methods and t…

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Avoiding Poisonous Plants

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Warmer weather is sending people in droves to participate in many outdoors activities. In many of these instances, people are in close contact with plants. When camping, hiking, playing in the yard and even worki…

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Summer Transition Checklist for Beef Cattle

To make the optimum transition from spring to summer, beef cattle producers should review these considerations for improved land and animal management.

1. Start with soils. Now is the time to collect and submit soil samples for analysis …

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Alabama Water Watch Offers Alabama Rivers Educator Workshops

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Alabama is home to mighty rivers; providing nourishment, transportation, habitats and recreation for those who call Alabama home. Alabama Water Watch, which is part of the Auburn University Water Resources Center a…

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Home Layer Flock Management Suggestions

Best practices for managing your home layer flock include tips for brooding, development, lighting, biosecurity, disease control, and more.

Management of Young (Pullet) Laying Stock
Brooding
Small chicks cannot control their body tempe…

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From the Live Well Alabama Kitchen – Tasty Taco Dip

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – May is National Salsa Month! This Food Friday, Live Well Alabama is serving Tasty Taco Dip. This veggie-filled salsa recipe is simple and ready in minutes.
Ingredients

black beans,  one 14-ounce can, drained…

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Numbers of Women in Ag on the Rise

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Lauryn Bryght of Macon County is part of an expanding group of farmers—women farmers. From 2012 to 2017, the number of women involved in U.S. agriculture grew by nearly 27 percent. Out of 3.4 million farmers nati…

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Seedless Watermelons: A Sweet Summer Treat

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – For many, watermelons are an all-time favorite summer treat. More recently, consumers are seeing more availability of seedless varieties of watermelons. The genetics of these varieties are quite complex. This compl…

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Beginning Farmer Training Videos

The Alabama Beginning Farmer Program has a wide array of resources for all types of farmers. The overall implementation plan involves collaboration with a wide range of institutions, producer groups, and nonprofit organizations for supporti…

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Exobasidium Leaf and Fruit Spot of Blueberry

With the recent expansion of blueberry production in Alabama, we are observing the emergence of new economically important blueberry diseases. The bacterial leaf scorch of blueberry caused by the bacterium Xyllela fastidiosa was documented …

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