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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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Soils of Alabama

Alabama has several major soil areas. Most of the soils within each area were formed from materials with similar characteristics. Detailed soil surveys, available for most counties, show that each area has several major soil series. A soil …

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Make More from the Produce You Grow

With each growing season, producers must decide how and where to sell their crops. Farmers markets, grocery stores, roadside stands, and wholesale distribution are excellent established options. But there are new and trending opport…

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Cereal Leaf Beetle: A Pest of Small Grains

The cereal leaf beetle, Olema melanopus, was introduced from Europe into Michigan in the 1950s and is slowly spreading southward. It is now well established throughout the northern half of Alabama and Georgia and is partially establishe…

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Sugarcane Aphid: A New Sorghum Pest of North America

The sugarcane aphid is a serious economic problem on grain sorghum in Mexico and the Caribbean, the southern states along the U.S. Gulf Coast, and in more northern locations after the aphids migrate from the south.
Distribution
The sugarc…

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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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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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Zidua Label and Usage in Peanut

► The herbicide Zidua can be an effective tool in helping control weeds in peanut fields. Learn how and when to use Zidua in the following frequently asked questions.

Question 1: What is Zidua? How does it kill weeds?

Zidua (pyrosas…

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Cotton Production Calendar

Download a PDF of Cotton Production Calendar, ANR-2361.
January
Variety selection. Research official and on-farm variety trial data.  County meetings. Check alabamacrops.com or the Alabama Crops app for schedules.
February
Vari…

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