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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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Basics of Crop Sensing

Advances in technology have made it possible to use instruments called remote sensors to collect data from and about objects without having to make any physical contact with those objects. In agriculture, remote sensors are commonly use…

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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 …

Enterprise Budgets for Row Crops

Row crop enterprise budgets are updated annually by Extension personnel to reflect recommended management practices for production on a per acre basis.  Projected costs are gathered from multiple industry sources and a higher than average …

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The ABCs of Climate Variability

Water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean affect weather patterns throughout the United States. Alabama is no exception—the reason why farmers, cattle producers, and others involved in agriculture not only should take note …

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Fruit Culture in Alabama: Winter Chilling Requirements

Learn the basic chilling requirements of fruit types selected for planting. Check regional maps for Alabama’s fall and winter temperatures and the chilling requirements for both small fruit and tree fruit crops.

The amoun…

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Integrated Pest Management Guides

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System creates integrated pest management guides for major row crops; small and stored grains; pastures and forage crops; commercial turfgrass; and noncropland. These guides are compiled by both current…

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Nutrient Content and Composition of Poultry Litter

Poultry litter can be a nutritionally rich fertilizer for forages and row crops. But not all litter is created equal. Learn the benefits of litter and the factors that cause variations in nutrient content.

The poultry industry in Alabama…

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Submitting Samples for Soil Testing

Producers rely on soil testing laboratories to provide nutrient recommendations for crops. Producers can submit samples to the Auburn University Soil, Forage and Water Testing Laboratory for analysis.  Both routine analysis, as well as mor…

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Cover Crops for Alabama

Cover crops are those grown to benefit the following crop as well as to improve the soil. They are normally not intended for harvest. “Green manure” is another term often used for soil-building cover crops. Cover crops can protect the s…

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