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High Tunnel Crop Production Handbook

Farmers, especially vegetable and fruit producers, are always looking for ways to boost production and extend their growing seasons. High tunnel production is a method with growing popularity. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has …

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Farming Basics Online Course

More people than ever want to give farming a try.  In the past, people turned to farming family members for help.  Today, most people are generations removed from farming.

To help budding farmers get started, Alabama Extension offers…

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Emergency Handbook iBook

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has an iBook to help families, businesses and communities prepare for storms and clean up after they pass. The Emergency Handbook is a comprehensive resource for emergency planning, preparation and…

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Climate and Crops iBook

Farmers need tools to help ensure that their growing seasons are profitable. “Climate and Crops”, an iBook from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the tool that farmers need.

Twenty-five climate and crop experts specializing i…

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Beef Basics iBook

Cattle are big business in Alabama with a value of $2.5 billion. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s iBook, “Beef Basics,” will help the state’s cattle producers boost their bottom line. An Alabama Extension animal scientis…

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Producing & Feeding Baleage in Alabama

Baleage, known as baled silage or haylage, is a method used for conserving and storing high-moisture forage.

Making hay can be troublesome because of weather conditions, which can delay harvesting at the correct forage …

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Forage Risk Management: Subsidized Insurance as a Strategy

Manage your precipitation risk as a forage producer using USDA subsidized Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Insurance.

Perennial forage production is a primary source of grazing and hay for livestock producers throughout t…

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Housing & Facilities for Dairy Goats

Dairy goats can be successfully maintained in a variety of production systems, including fenced cultivated pastures, fenced uncultivated pastures, and dry lots.

In each of these systems, health and production depend on …

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Care of Does Before Kidding

Proper monitoring and care of goats during parturition, or kidding, is important for the overall health of the goat herd.

Adult dairy goats are generally less commonly affected than young stock by parasitism or respirat…

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Biosecurity & Disease Prevention in Dairy Goats

Biosecurity is a system of management practices that reduces the introduction of infectious diseases onto a farm and decreases the transmission of disease within the goat herd.

Infectious diseases, such as caseous lymphadenitis (CL), cap…

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Care During & Post Kidding In Dairy Goats

Producers can ensure the health of their herd by learning the proper procedures for care of their goats during kidding and in the days that follow.

To ensure bonding of does with their kids and to prevent hypothermia in…

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Water Corrosivity and Your Plumbing System

Corrosivity is defined as the condition of water that causes it to dissolve metals, such as those in metallic plumbing, at an excessive rate. All water is somewhat corrosive, but these primary factors make water highly corrosive (sometimes …

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Water Access Issues in Alabama

All along Alabama’s rivers, lakes, bayous, and bays, towns small and large rely on water access to support their economies. The state, therefore, is taking steps to ensure that there is water access for traditional uses for its future gen…

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Using Grass Carp to Control Weeds in Alabama Ponds

Controlling vegetation in ponds is critical to good management. Too much vegetation interferes with fishing, swimming, and boating. Nutrients that could be stimulating algae, which effectively support fish production, are used by weedy plan…

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