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Lightning Bugs: Summer’s Night Light

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Many southerners have fond memories of catching lightning bugs on a summer’s night. The fascination surrounding these insects always invoke curious questions. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System professional prov…

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“Sweet Grown Alabama” Statewide Branding Program Launches

MONTGOMERY, Ala.- Shoppers who want to buy local will soon have a new way to identify products raised in the state, thanks to a new marketing effort called “Sweet Grown Alabama.”

“As I travel across the state, most of the questions I…

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SOW–A Planting Companion

The “SOW – A Planting Companion” app is designed to tell you the optimum time to plant each crop in your home garden. Simply choose your location and start planting. Click on the photo of a crop to see more information including…

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Master Gardener Helpline Provides Valuable Garden Information

Does your 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 Gardener Helpline.
Call 1-877-ALA-GROW

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Fig Production Guide

Figs are easy to grow in warm climates but produce their best fruit in Mediterranean climates with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Learn about fig botany, varieties, growing techniques, and disease and pest problems.

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Lesser Cornstalk Borer Numbers High in Dry Summers

Lesser cornstalk borers (LCB) are soil pests that like dry weather, making them a classic indicator of drought. LCBs prefer various legumes, including peanuts and soybeans. In peanuts, LCB damage can cause crop contamination from webbing an…

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Perilla Mint: Continue to Scout Through the Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – In some areas of the state, the hot, dry weather may have limited the availability of some forages. These conditions often tempt livestock to consume anything that is green. Some poisonous plants have become mast…

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Managing Fire Ants in Hemp

Fire ants have been identified causing severe damage in hemp plants. They are chewing on the plants at the base and even tunneling into the stem. In some cases, the fire ants will chew further up the stem of the plant. In most instances, th…

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Youth Resources – Dairy Goats and Sheep

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

Dairy Goat and Sheep Showmanship
Using techniques established by Harvey Considine and George Trimberger, who have authored numerous b…

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Milk Care – Dairy Goats and Sheep

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.
Prevention and Treatment of Disease

Mastitis

Mastitis is an inflammation of the mammary gland (udder). The most comm…

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Dairy Goat and Sheep Nutrition and Forages

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

Nutrient requirements differ based on age, stage of production, weight, breed type, and the environment. In order to maintain milk…

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Common Diseases of Dairy Goats and Sheep

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

Abortion
Many things, including toxic agents, congenital abnormalities, and infectious diseases, can cause abortions. The most common…

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Parasite Control – Dairy Goats and Sheep

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

Parasitism is widely accepted as the most significant impediment to raising goats and sheep in the southeastern United States …

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Reproductive Management – Dairy Goats and Sheep

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

General Small Ruminant Breeding
The profitability of goat and sheep operations is largely reliant on successful reproduction pr…

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