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Horticulture Notes: Harvesting and Curing Sweetpotatoes

You’ve worked hard to grow healthy sweetpotatoes. Keep them that way off the vine using these best practices.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when harvesting sweetpotatoes is that the roots of the sweetpo…

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Economic Impact of a New Broiler House in Alabama

The entry of a new 39,600-square-foot (66’ × 600’) broiler house in Alabama causes a measurable increase in economic activity within the state in terms of construction and ongoing annual operations. Consider the following economic ac…

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The Brown Recluse Spider

People are often afraid of spiders because of their ill-deserved reputation for envenomizing victims. In fact, most spiders do not have mouthparts strong enough to penetrate skin. Spiders are considered beneficial arthropods b…

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The Black Widow

People are often afraid of spiders because of their ill-deserved reputation for envenomizing victims. In fact, most spiders do not have mouth- parts strong enough to penetrate skin.

Spiders are considered beneficial arthropods be…

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Plastic Mulch for Vegetable Production

The use of plastic polyethylene mulch in fruit and vegetable production is a common practice in Alabama. Among the crops for which it’s used are strawberry, watermelon, muskmelon, tomato, pepper, cucumber, squash, and brassicas such as co…

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Baldwin County Master Environmental Educator

The Master Environmental Education Program (MEE) was created in 1995 and is an outreach program of the Baldwin County Extension Office. We train volunteers to teach nine environmental lessons in schools and to community groups. The lessons …

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Basics of Crop Sensing

Remote sensor technology is used to detect subtle differences in vegetation that may be overlooked using typical visual methods. Learn how the technology works to elevate accuracy in evaluating and managing crops.

Advan…

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Horticulture Notes: Add Garlic to Your Garden

Garlic is a member of the large Lily family, which includes onions, garlic, and leeks. Ordinary garlic (Allium sativum) is that found most often in Alabama gardens, but several garlic cultivars are available.

Elephant garlic is a differe…

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Nutrient Recommendations for Alabama Crops

Scientists with the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) have developed nutrient recommendations for crops grown in the state. These recommendations are in table form and contain recommendations by crop based on soil test rating …

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Baldwin County Master Environmental Educator Lessons

Volunteer instructors travel throughout Baldwin County to public and private schools to present environmental lessons for 2nd – 12th grades.

The Water Cycle: (2nd-3rd grade) Students will see a “rainstorm” in the classroom. After see…

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An Emergency Handbook: Preparation and Recovery

BE PROACTIVE
The best way to protect your home and family is by preparing ahead of time.
MITIGATE
• Keep your home in good repair.
• Remove hazards from your yard.
• Buy appropriate insurance.
• Learn about Firewise Communitie…

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Milling Dimensions: Characteristics of Portable Sawmill Owners and Operators

Landowners harvest trees from their property for many reasons. Often this is done as part of a regularly scheduled timber harvest such as a thinning or final harvest. But there are times when cutting older trees in a small area to impro…

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County Youth Councils, Where to Start

Congratulations! You have been selected to represent your county on the county 4-H Youth Council. Your positive attitude and leadership qualities will assist in the current 4-H youth programs in your county.
Role of the 4-H County Youth Co…

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