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Smart Yard Landscapes

1. Be Smart–Have a Plan

Create an overall design plan that considers your family’s needs for this landscape. A well-conceived landscape design is based on 1. Having a plan. 2. Choosing the right plants. 3. Understandi…

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From the Live Well Alabama Kitchen – Power Mac and Cheese

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – This Food Friday, Live Well Alabama is cooking delicious Power Mac and Cheese. Feed the family with this healthy comfort food. For a grab-and-go snack, have cut-up broccoli in the fridge.
Ingredients

2 cups u…

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Livestock Risk Protection for Feeder Cattle

Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) is an insurance product offered by USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) and is available for feeder cattle, fed cattle and swine in Alabama. Beginning July 1, 2019, LRP subsidy rates will increase, making this p…

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Wasps: Watch Out This Summer

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. –While helpful in controlling other insects, wasps are more known for their painful stings. The term wasp is somewhat generic. Hornets, mud daubers and yellow jackets are all wasps, with hornets and yellow jackets …

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Feeding Game Birds: Pheasant, Quail, and Partridge

The nutrient requirements of game birds vary by species and intended use. Follow these dietary recommendations to help optimize production.

Ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, Japanese quail, chukar partridge, and Hungar…

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Pickens County 4-H Forestry Team Advances to National Competition

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.–The Pickens County 4-H senior forestry team won the annual Alabama 4-H State Forestry Invitational. Members of the team include Logan Snipes, Kade Lucas, Abel Abernathy and Luke Koon.

Youth from across the state…

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Wild Turkey Management in Alabama

The wild turkey thrives as a classic example of wildlife management success. During the Depression years, wild turkeys numbered fewer than 10,000 in Alabama and were restricted to scattered pockets of isolated habitat. In the short time sin…

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Scouting and Managing Spider Mites in Vegetables

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Summertime can be a productive season for growing vegetables. However, it is also a time that can be hot and dry. These are the perfect conditions for spider mites, a pest that can cause widespread damage quickly. …

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Management of Fall Armyworm in Pastures and Hayfields

The fall armyworm is a chronic pest in the Southeast and can cause severe damage to grass and forage crops. Damage varies in appearance and severity according to the type of grass and management practices. They are most numerous in …

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Biology and Management of Bermudagrass Stem Maggot

The bermudagrass stem maggot has become a pest for cattlemen and hay producers across the Southeast. Learn control measures and strategies for mitigating damage.

If your bermudagrass hayfield has a frosted appearance (figur…

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Foliar Feeding Vegetables

There are many questions people have about growing methods. One particular topic that gardeners often ask about is foliar feeding. There are a lot of products on the market, enticing growers to spray them on their plants with promises of bi…

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Massive Yellow Jacket Nests Appearing Again In Alabama

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— Imagine a colony of yellow jackets the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, filled with 15,000 of the stinging insects. Now, imagine more than 90 of these super nests in Alabama. It happened in 2006, and Charles Ray, an e…

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The Buzz: Pollinators are Essential

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— In the spirit of National Pollinator Week, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System salutes pollinators everywhere who are irreplaceable pieces of the puzzle in gardens, cropland and flowerbeds. Bees are more than…

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Growing Horticultural Crops: Things To Consider

Some of the most common questions received by Alabama Extension agents are about some aspect of fruit and vegetable production. A lot of questions come from people considering growing fruits and vegetables commercially but do not know where…

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