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Interpreting a Forage Analysis for Beef Cattle

Analysis of forages is an important tool to develop strategic supplemental feeding strategies for beef cattle. Understanding the nutritional level of available forage can help manage feed input costs more closely and meet the nutrit…

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Water Requirements of Beef Cattle

Water is considered the most critical nutrient in beef cattle diets. Cattle diets are balanced for energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals based on the desired level of animal performance. Animal performance can be affected by water…

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Drought Sales of Livestock

Farming is a business that is difficult to manage. Many factors are beyond the control of the farmer. One problem with farming is the variability in annual income; one year prices are up, the next they are down Weather also plays a …

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Mineral Supplementation for Newly Received Stocker Cattle

Many mineral options are available for cattle producers. Proper nutritional management is critical for stocker cattle because these cattle are often stressed after being transported and will likely have low water and feed intake dur…

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Arbor Day Poster Contest

Congratulations to the 2020 Arbor Day Poster Contest winners: Copeland Bender, Dylan Montgomery, and Lisa Morgan. Click here to view the Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony photos courtesy of the Governor’s Office.

Contest Rules

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Beginning Farmer Training Events and Programs

The Alabama Beginning Farmer Program has a wide array of resources for all types of farmers. The overall implementation plan involves collaboration with a wide range of institutions, producer groups, and nonprofit organizations for supporti…

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Plastic Mulch for Vegetable Production

The use of plastic polyethylene mulch has become increasingly common in vegetable production in Alabama in the past few decades. Plastic mulch growing practices are used on a wide range of fruit and vegetable crops in Alabama, including str…

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A Ready Partner

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the primary outreach and engagement organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University in cooperation with Tuskegee University. Our unique combination of …

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Grafting Methods

Several different methods are commonly used for grafting plants. These include cleft grafting, inlay grafting, four-flap grafting, and whip grafting.
What Method Should I Use?
It depends on the time of year and the size of the grafting ma…

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Greenhouse Vegetables and Ethylene Damage

With the colder temperatures across Alabama, many growers are turning on their heaters for the first time. In about 2 to 3 weeks, we will start getting calls about suspicious damage appearing on their vegetable crops.  Over the past 20 plu…

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Farming in the New Year

Making improvements each year, even small changes, can add up to whether your farm is profitable or not. In conjunction, the mission statement of Alabama Extension is to ‘enable people to improve their quality of life and economic well-be…

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Pecan Grafting

The primary reason that pecan grafts fail is poor collection and storage of scion wood. It is important to collect scion wood or the cultivars you wish to graft during the dormant season. This is usually late January to early February.

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Forage and Feed Analysis

The Auburn University Soil, Forage and Water Testing Laboratory conducts analysis for producers’ forage and feed samples.  Samples are routinely analyzed for percent moisture, crude protein, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, n…

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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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