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Managing a Cover Crop

Careful management is essential to maximize benefits from a cover crop. This is no different from the care and intensive management farmers invest in cash crops. Planting quality seed at recommended rates and depths to ensure adequate bioma…

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Choosing the Right Cover Crop

Choosing the right cover crop for your cropping system is an important step in the planning process.

What does the cover need to provide for the following crop? What is the planting time frame? Generally, producers should choose a cover …

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About Cover Crops

Properly managed cover crops protect the soil surface from water/wind erosion and remediate soil compaction. Growing plants feed the soil ecosystem by exuding compounds from their roots—sugars, organic acids, amino acids, and more. These …

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Cover Crops: Legumes

Winter Pea
Pisum sativum: Producers should plant winter pea in September. Winter pea grows on a vine, similar to vetch. This cold-hardy, annual legume can provide lots of residue, but may decompose quickly because of the high nitrogen con…

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Cover Crops: Other Options

Brassica napus: Canola/rapeseed is a winter annual. Producers should plant canola between September and early October when soil temperatures are between 45 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Because brassicas grow rapidly and produ…

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Cover Crops: Cereals

Black Oat
Avena strigosa: Black oat is a winter annual cereal that provides great weed control, especially against broadleaf weeds. Plant black oats in late September to October. It is an excellent cover crop for nematode and weed control….

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Billboards Say Eat Better, Move More, Make A Change

Eat Better. Move More. Make a Change. Three key messages featured across Alabama billboards in 2017. Alabama Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) created a series of billboards to create appeal for…

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Faith Communities Encourage Healthy Eating, Active Living

Faith communities play a special role in helping their members lead healthy lifestyles. Faith communities care about members’ health, offer programs and services to support their members, serve as centers of their communities, and have le…

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Spend Less, Save More at the Grocery Store

Do you ever wonder how some people do it—how they spend so little money at the grocery store each week? You can do it too! Here are a few easy ideas for saving time and money at the grocery store.
Plan Your Meals

Take time on the we…

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Meet Muscle Max

Body Quest Warrior Muscle Max has strength and muscle power because he eats plenty of healthy meat, beans, and milk products. He ditched the TV and video games so he could spend more time outside, playing games with his friends.

Muscles …

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Meet Super Slurper

Body Quest Warrior Super Slurper is super at a lot of things, but he’s especially super at slurping eight full glasses of water each day.

Water helps keep your body looking great and feeling hydrated on hot summer days. It’s great wi…

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About Live Well Alabama

Live Well Alabama is a SNAP-Ed initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. Live Well Alabama is also a multi-level initiative combining innovative adult and childhood obesity prevention and nutr…

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Meet Shining Rainbow

Body Quest Warrior Shining Rainbow has the power to look and feel good inside and out because she eats plenty of colorful vegetables. Vegetables not only taste delicious, but are good for keeping you lean and healthy.

Vegetables are basi…

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Posts, Tweets, Pins Encourage Healthier Lifestyle Choices

Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative. The campaign was developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. The new initiative was launched in early 2017 to…

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Healthier Retail: Making the Easy Choice the Good Choice

Live Well Alabama partners with local champions at grocery stores, convenience stores, organizations maintaining vending machines, concession areas, and school environments to make it easy to live well in Alabama. Improvements in product in…

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