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Adding Agricultural Lime to Fishponds

Adding agricultural lime to ponds with low alkalinity (less than 20 mg/l) can greatly increase productivity. Lime affects the system in several ways. Lime acts as a buffer maintaining the pH between 7 and 8.5. Broader swings in pH can be ve…

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Interpreting Soil Test Reports from Commercial Labs

Producers increasingly rely on commercial soil testing laboratories to provide nutrient recommendations for crops. To make best-management decisions for maintaining soil fertility, it is important to understand the basics of soil te…

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Alabama Soils: Piedmont Plateau

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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Alabama Soils: Limestone Valleys

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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Alabama Soils: Flood Plains, Terraces, and Coastal Marshes

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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Alabama Soils: Coastal Plain

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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Alabama Soils: Blackland Prairie

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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Alabama Soils: Appalachian Plateau

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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Commercial Applicator Frequently Asked Questions

Your Pesticide Safety Education Team has compiled a list of some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about the Alabama Commercial Applicator Program, points, testing, what to do, contact information, and more.
If you do not find an answ…

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El Niño-Southern Oscillation and Its Impact on Alabama’s Climate

El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is an ocean- atmospheric phenomenon that affects the temperature and precipitation in Alabama in all seasons. Although ENSO predictability in the state is highest in the winter, it is highly variable in …

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Adapting Corn Production to Climate in Alabama

Corn is one of Alabama’s most important row crops. Alabama farmers usually harvest more than half a million acres of corn each year. Corn is grown as a part of crop rotation systems that include cotton and peanuts. Although corn is plante…

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Spider Mite Scouting and Management in Vegetable Crops

Spider mites are technically not insects, but they are pests when they are in high numbers under many farming conditions. For example, high tunnel and greenhouse environment are perfect conditions since spider mites like it hot and dry. Po…

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Slug Management in Vegetables

Frequent rainfall and excessive soil moisture in the fall and early spring can bring some unusual problems for vegetable gardeners and farmers – slugs are one of them (pictures show slugs infesting cabbages in Central Alabama). Slug build…

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About Soils

Soils provide plants with mechanical support, water, and dissolved minerals and nutrients. Because most plant roots are found in the topsoil, or A horizon, this layer has the greatest effect on plant growth. A typical soil in good condition…

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How to Grow Your Oyster Garden

Welcome to a new oyster gardening season. New volunteers, we are happy to have you join us; seasoned volunteers, it is great to have you back. This fact sheet will tell you everything you need to know to get started with your oyster garden….

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