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Macartney Rose (Rosa bracteata) Control Update

Macartney rose is a troublesome weed, especially in pastures where cattle strongly avoid grazing within or around the thorny stems. Macartney rose is similar to Cherokee rose (Rosa laevigata) as both have large, white solitary flowers. Howe…

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PEST ALERT: Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Now Active

The first spotted wing drosophila (SWD) adults this season were collected on traps displayed around fruit crops on May 10 at Chilton Research and Extension Center near Clanton. As of May 23, traps displayed near figs, bunch grapes, blackber…

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Pastora for Weed Control in Bermudagrass Hayfields

Listed are some frequently asked questions related to Pastora for weed control in bermudagrass hayfields.
What hay species can I use it on?
Bermudagrass hay only. It is not for use on bahiagrass, tall fescue, dallisgrass, or Johnsongrass …

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Grilling Up Food Safety for Memorial Day

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Memorial Day jump starts summer fun and activities. Friends, families and grilling make for a memorable holiday. Janice Hall, a regional food safety agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, reminds peop…

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Johnsongrass: Frequently Asked Questions

Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) is a warm-season perennial rhizomatous grass found throughout Alabama. Historically, Johnsongrass was introduced as a forage crop in the Blackbelt region of Alabama. However, it rapidly spread along roadside…

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Facet L Herbicides: Frequently Asked Questions

What hay species can I use Facet L on?
Facet L is labeled for most warm-season and cool- season established grasses grown for pasture and hay.

The cool-season grasses that Facet L is labeled on are:

meadow bromegraass
smooth bro…

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Broomsedge: What Causes It In Pastures? How Can I Get Rid of It?

Broomsedge is a weedy grass people commonly find in pastures. Although not a highly competitive species, some perceive it as such in many pastures and hayfields across Alabama. It is an opportunistic plant; it takes advantages of …

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Disease Alert: Phomopsis Twig Blight Common on Peaches this Spring

A common sight in peach orchards this spring is Phomopsis twig blight. Wet springs favor the development of this fungal disease. Dead twigs appear as brown flags in the tree suggesting the disease is at work.

Twig lesions are often …

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Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria as an Alternative Form of Nitrogen Delivery

This information highlights the results of a 2-yr small plot study evaluating PGPR on stockpiled Coastal bermudagrass in Auburn, Alabama (2017-2019).
What is PGPR?
Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are non-pathogenic, soil-inhab…

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Grilling Season: Stay Healthy

The long-awaited summer season is here and with that comes outdoor grilling. Memorial Day is seen as the official holiday to pull the grill out and to host a barbecue with family and friends.
Tips for Healthy Barbecues
Grilling meats is a…

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Nonvenomous Snakes Can Pose a Health Risk

AUBURN, Ala. –As the weather gets warmer, snakes and other wildlife will be on the move. Many people will come across a nonvenomous snake at some point. Though they have many good qualities, nonvenomous snakes can still pose a health risk…

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Hobby Loss Expenses

* This is an excerpt from Business or Hobby? Active or Passive?

The deduction of expenses from an activity that is not engaged in for profit generally is limited to the amount of gross income derived from that activity. In other words, a…

Rental Property

* This is an excerpt from Business or Hobby? Active or Passive?

Due to depreciation, rental activities often generate net losses. Since rental activities are generally automatically passive under Code Sec. 469(c)(2) and (4), irrespective…

Business or Hobby? Active or Passive?

One advantage of a business is the ability to offset losses against income from other enterprises or wages. Whether the losses are currently deductible is determined by the classification of the business. The Internal Revenue Service consid…

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Two-Spotted Spider Mite

Two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) is a polyphagous mite that feeds on many crops. Due to its quick life cycle and ability to survive extreme conditions, it is one of the main pests found on most crops and ornamental plants.

T…

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